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2 hours ago, Vital Spark said:

Regardless of who was to blame etc.. we still aren’t creative enough to be serious playoff contenders. Did their keeper have anything to do apart from that tame header from Cullen? We have plenty of effort throughout the team, but still lack quality to punish teams when it matters.

They have the best defensive record in the division by a long way. They've conceded 27; the next lowest is 37. They've conceded 10 less than the next lowest in the entire league. That's outstanding.

We hit the bar, Cullen probably should have scored his header, watching it back Pope's diving header miss is a sitter, and Burgess should have hit the target in the last minute.

This is away, at the best defensive side in the league by a long way, who were on a 5 game winning streak, and we had 3, possibly 4, good chances.

Yesterday was the first time we failed to score in 8 (last time was away at Swindon), and only the 3rd time in 17 (Crawley at home).

Our issues are not creativity, it defending; we've conceded the second most in the top 11.

Simply can't agree with you mate.

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14 hours ago, Jacko51 said:

You mean the one where he made a great tackle and put the ball out for a throw in?  It wasn’t even a foul. 

That ref hasn’t done a game for 12 months. It will be a huge benefit to the game in general if he doesn’t do another one for 12 months. He was clearly unfit, couldn’t keep up with play and had a vivid imagination. 
 

My first reaction was that it looked a foul all the way from my position, plus Leon’s reaction suggested he knew himself that he was in a bit of mither.  Haven’t seen a replay  so can’t comment other than that.

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3 minutes ago, SFBT said:

There seems to be a trend developing that Conlon is becoming a major influence on the way we play.

Conlon is a good player at this level. No question about that. He’s skilful, can pass a ball and has good energy, so fits perfectly with the style of play John has implemented.

Yesterday must be one of his best games in a Vale shirt so far.  He did everything well, bar score.

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2 hours ago, Jacob_123 said:


We aren’t serious play off contenders? Have you not seen the table. The mind genuinely boggles.

And also have you seen where Cheltenham are? They created even less than us so what does that make them?

Very stupid criticism by you in my opinion.

Yes agree, think we are creating plenty of chances but not taking them, unfortunately games are won and lost on chances taken on the day, let's keep believing, forward together 

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25 minutes ago, SFBT said:

There seems to be a trend developing that Conlon is becoming a major influence on the way we play.

Conlon's been excellent in every game he's played in since his return to the side.

Proper all-rounder.

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47 minutes ago, Joe B said:

They have the best defensive record in the division by a long way. They've conceded 27; the next lowest is 37. They've conceded 10 less than the next lowest in the entire league. That's outstanding.

We hit the bar, Cullen probably should have scored his header, watching it back Pope's diving header miss is a sitter, and Burgess should have hit the target in the last minute.

This is away, at the best defensive side in the league by a long way, who were on a 5 game winning streak, and we had 3, possibly 4, good chances.

Yesterday was the first time we failed to score in 8 (last time was away at Swindon), and only the 3rd time in 17 (Crawley at home).

Our issues are not creativity, it defending; we've conceded the second most in the top 11.

Simply can't agree with you mate.

We haven’t played Crawley at home yet.

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Gutted not to win yesterday another 2 pints dropped. Would take a good point before the game at a form team but when you play well and are on top you have to put teams away. If we don't address that in the run in we could miss out.

Joyce and was outstanding. Probably his best game in a Vale shirt for me.

I just wish the league would sort out the officials. How can the referee take advise on a decision he made standing 6-8 yards away from a linesman who was at the other end of the pitch?

We have put ourselves under pressure now must win back to back home games. This could be the defining moment of the season.

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I would have happily taken a point before the game yesterday, the fact that we didn’t win was nothing of our doing, but 2 shocking decisions from the match officials.

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1 hour ago, SFBT said:

There seems to be a trend developing that Conlon is becoming a major influence on the way we play.

For some time now he's been our best player until half-time. Yesterday he lasted the full 90 minutes. Highlights the problems Oyeleke will face if he is to play a meaningful part in the run-in.

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No doubt we are solid and would be 2nd in the form league for the last 10 games and 5th for the last 6. Couldn't go yesterday just seen the highlights. Shocking pen decision and tbh I'm sure Pope would have scored Cullen's chances and should perhaps have scored his diving header? 2 pts gone, 2 last week - too many examples of this, however, we are still in there. We are a unit and if Cullen and Pope start firing I think we may just squeeze in the play offs. If not that is where we will fall down this term. Must wins v Crawley and Bradford but how many times have we been here and shot ourselves in the foot. Get down to VP and shout the boys home!

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2 hours ago, Vital Spark said:

 

It wasn’t criticism, it was an observation and an opinion you moron.

 

Look at the goal difference column and you’ll understand my concerns.

It's between Colchester, Nothampton and us for 2 places. I'd agree we are probably least likely to get in there BUT we are definitely serious contenders. Bradford still stand an outside shot as well, although I think there chances will be over if they lose to us.

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Can't see Oyeleke having any impact sadly, he looks way off the pace. He has the quality we need but thare is not enough time to bring him up to speed. The other Midfield guys are running their bo..ocks off in all fairness!

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6 minutes ago, JRC said:

It's between Colchester, Nothampton and us for 2 places. I'd agree we are probably least likely to get in there BUT we are definitely serious contenders. Bradford still stand an outside shot as well, although I think there chances will be over if they lose to us.

Don’t rule out a late surge from sky sports fc (Salford) 

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Nowt worse than dropping a pint let one two!!!!!

Gutted not to win yesterday another 2 pints dropped. Would take a good point before the game at a form team but when you play well and are on top you have to put teams away. If we don't address that in the run in we could miss out.
Joyce and was outstanding. Probably his best game in a Vale shirt for me.
I just wish the league would sort out the officials. How can the referee take advise on a decision he made standing 6-8 yards away from a linesman who was at the other end of the pitch?
We have put ourselves under pressure now must win back to back home games. This could be the defining moment of the season.

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