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Much better today in terms of the opposition having chances than last week apart from the penalty save and the flying save from the header second half thought our defence was very solid ,yes Salford had more of the ball and possession but did little with it .

Thought Theo Robinson when he came was superb and played a major part in our winning goal .

Whitehead had a fair few efforts at goal I suggest he works on his shooting .

Overall we were not particularly good but we won and that's a fantastic sign ,Rodney is at present struggling .

Montano took his goal brilliantly so pleased for him .

MY man of the match was Scott Brown his saves at vital times kept us in the game .

Clark Legge Smith Fitzpatrick deserve a mention too kept there shape and did there jobs excellently .

Well Done Vale 

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Great result today. The back five produced an absolute masterclass to restrict the most expensive attack in the league to very few clear-cut chances. Good to see Joyce and Conlon back, even though Tom

I Do agree with Rob . Phil Bowers is. a true vale fan . And I do think. He says what he see’s . I do enjoy Listening to Phil . On Radio sJoke . 

Never a dull Moment being a Vale fan. Those last few minutes have aged me.  Don't care how we do it all about the three points. The lack of creativity and strikers not scoring is a worry but we g

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15 minutes ago, Diego Maradona said:

 

I have to say that some of the comments by some folk during the game are ridiculous, especially about Whitehead. It was never a red - even the first time I saw it. I understand that emotions can run high but have a word! 

 

To be fair mate, it was quickly appreciated that Whitehead had nothing to do with it, It was just an unfortunate slip by their player. Whitehead had a poor game though.

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5 minutes ago, toyahw said:

To be fair mate, it was quickly appreciated that Whitehead had nothing to do with it, It was just an unfortunate slip by their player. Whitehead had a poor game though.

He just does not seem to fit in the system at the moment. Not writing him off, but not quite working at the moment,

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2 minutes ago, Biddulph_PV said:

And I wasn’t saying I thought it was red, more that the referee would be influenced by the player being badly injured as we’ve been on the wrong side of in the past.

That is true. Credit to the ref that he did not react to the fluke injury with a card. All the best to their bloke for a swift recovery.

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8 minutes ago, toyahw said:

He just does not seem to fit in the system at the moment. Not writing him off, but not quite working at the moment,

I thought he was poor last week and I was surprised because he had looked a tidy player. I thought he was better, but not great, today BUT I'll tell you what he never hid once, not like some midfielders i've seen up Vale. He worked his socks off, wanted the ball and was in the right place for those shots even if they could have been better. I think he'll get better as the season goes on if he gets his chance

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56 minutes ago, valefan16 said:

Think some fans are overly negative tonight, it’s a great result against a side that’s easily the best in the league on paper.

Had this game taken place how it did after the Exeter performance fans would be purring about how solid we were and how we beat Salford etc but feel some are viewing in the context of the current form of the past two or three games. These are not Morecambe, Carlisle or Harrogate and have won 6 of 8 away in 2020 including today’s game... both they failed at Vale Park.

Henderson and Wilson were in the main kept very quiet.

We are superb defensively, 4 clean sheets in 6 and look to be very strong there, we just need to find the balance and confidence up front. We had some good positions such as Smith blazing over and Henderson had 2 or 3 and just seemed to panic over them.

Chuffed for Monty though, he was clearly hurting in his interview last weekend so great for him to rifle that one in.

As for the penalty feels a bit of a case of karma for us after last weeks miss which changed that game so will take it!

On a side note best wishes to Gibson, player who has had many injuries that has seen his career drop from playing at the very top (sure I was at old Trafford when he played for United in the Champions League against Bayern Munich), looked a horror one which sadly it as bad as it looks at his age may end his playing career.

Gibson pissed his career away to a large extent because he can't keep a beer out of his hands outside of football. Also once tried to get out of community service by insisting he was "too busy" for it. A weapon of the highest order really.

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Another close game with the Vale on the right side of the 3 points this time. Thought Rodney put a shift in up front , he is a mobile and a physical presence. As my Stockport mate said the defence never know what Rodney is going to do next, unfortunately neither does Rodney. 

Ultimately as a striker you get judged on goals but feel that if we play one striker then Rodney is the man.

But hey what do I know I was telling my mate we need to take Monty off , 2 mins later he scores a belter. I 'll get my coat. 

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2 hours ago, SFBT said:

I get your point, but we were not battered today.

They had a couple of periods of dominance, but so did we. 

We battled and got the breaks, and as you say, this was the opposite of e.g. Morecambe.

We are much better against teams who play.

It's the one's who sit in that are the problem.

We have an excellent work ethic, which was evident today even though it wasn't gelling. Confidence and finesse will come from this base.

It could have gone either way.

Their keeper made some good saves.

They missed a penalty. We scored.

Opposite of last week.

 

Not saying we were battered by them today.  It was a game where I could only see one team scoring a single goal to nick the points and that was them as the game went on.  Glad it was us that got the 3 points today as the players gave everything.  

They came out and played some nice football from what I heard on the radio.  Some of their players fell over easily as well by the sounds of it too.  This allowed spaces for our players to run into.  

The work ethic is great at Vale and they don't give in.  But confidence does seem a bit low in the last 3rd of the pitch by the looks of it and they are possibly trying to hard and taking that extra touch, thereby allowing the defenders to nip in and get the ball away.  Or they feel the shot is not quite on and look for another player to take the shot.  Again giving the defenders that bit of time to get the ball away.  It will come back no doubt and god help the team when it does. 

I have seen games were we have had over 60% of the game, shots on goal over 15 on target, but their goalie has played out of his skin and saved them so many times.  They get one shot at goal and score.

JA and Co seem to make quite a few changes to the line up just recently, yes some enforced due to injuries and some to give players game time.  Is this affecting them - you would think not as most have played together last season, but you start to wonder.

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2 hours ago, soothsayer said:

I think Rodney needs a rest tbh and I’d replace him with Robinson who did well when he came on. That’s our best back four so I’d leave that alone so the only other change I’d consider would be Burgess for Whitehead.

if we get three or four points from the next two games it would be a good return.

It is hard when you are the single striker and find yourself marked by 2 defenders who seem happy to take lumps out of you.  Todays defender tried to rip Rodney's shirt off him as he went past and the Ref did not do anything.  Not as if there was not proof - one ripped shirt and Rodney being pulled back - poor ref decision that one.

Robinson needs some match time and has showed he has an eye for goal, so could be a very good call.  Hopefully he would get the service from the wings and ghost into the box like he has shown he is capable of.

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2 hours ago, valefan16 said:

Think some fans are overly negative tonight, it’s a great result against a side that’s easily the best in the league on paper.

Had this game taken place how it did after the Exeter performance fans would be purring about how solid we were and how we beat Salford etc but feel some are viewing in the context of the current form of the past two or three games. These are not Morecambe, Carlisle or Harrogate and have won 6 of 8 away in 2020 including today’s game... both they failed at Vale Park.

Henderson and Wilson were in the main kept very quiet.

We are superb defensively, 4 clean sheets in 6 and look to be very strong there, we just need to find the balance and confidence up front. We had some good positions such as Smith blazing over and Henderson had 2 or 3 and just seemed to panic over them.

Chuffed for Monty though, he was clearly hurting in his interview last weekend so great for him to rifle that one in.

As for the penalty feels a bit of a case of karma for us after last weeks miss which changed that game so will take it!

On a side note best wishes to Gibson, player who has had many injuries that has seen his career drop from playing at the very top (sure I was at old Trafford when he played for United in the Champions League against Bayern Munich), looked a horror one which sadly it as bad as it looks at his age may end his playing career.

Great post

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9 minutes ago, toyahw said:

He's a much better player than he gets credit for in my opinion. 

I think he's one of the best finishers at the club.

Watch the goal again in slow motion and look at his body shape. A lot of players would have leaned back on that.

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