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Match Thread: Port Vale v Cheltenham Town


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A great three points against a team who will be there or thereabouts as they say.The first half was nothing to right home about but the gaffer seems to have told them a few home truths at half time which did the trick.Burgey,Wozza and Brownie stood out for me and we go into Saturdays game in search of our third win in a week.

Alert warning - Southend United have won 6 matches in their last 50 league games!!!

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31 minutes ago, ELDERBEZZA said:

Smith is such a talent and I'm delighted that Carol persuaded him to sign another contract.He could well earn Vale a massive fee should anyone approach Vale later. He's as good as Shawcross was at his age.Top quality!!

Think he only signed for 12 months so not likely to get anything for him if he goes after the season.

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On 25/10/2020 at 18:06, werstayinup said:

Over the last few games we have seemed to be excellent in the first half but then fade badly in the 2nd,we just need to get that going for most of the game then i can see us competing with anyone.

I am sure i have seen a stat somewhere that if we score first then we rarely lose under Askey but concede first then we rarely win....any stattos out there

Well that stat didn't last long eh Karl. Nice to see us turn a deficit around though 👍

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5 hours ago, valiant_593 said:

As per previous games. Without brown we would have lost. Average league 2 keepers don’t consistently make the saves that brown does and we are extremely lucky to have him 

But we have got Brown.

If we didn't have Legge or Worral would we have lost 1 nil?

That's what Brown is there for.

He's the best I've seen in this league since we came back down to it, certainly in terms of consistency. He's probably worth ten points on his own.

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With Oyeleke being Oyeleke and Whitehead looking a bit meh (he has time to prove his worth still of course) it's great news for us if Burgess finds last seasons form again. I think he can get forward from our midfield better than any of the others and if you're not creating too much all the time, just having that extra body in and around the box can make a difference. My issue when it's Joyce, Conlon and Whitehead is that they are all incredibly slow. Burgess is hardly a speed merchant but he is capable of getting up and down. 

I also still believe that Pope is our best striker and should start most games, even if you're bringing him off after 60-65 minutes for one of Cullen or Robinson. Ask centre-backs who they would want to face the least out of those three and I'm pretty sure 9 out of 10 would say Tom Pope.

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40 minutes ago, TylerB said:

 

With Oyeleke being Oyeleke and Whitehead looking a bit meh (he has time to prove his worth still of course) it's great news for us if Burgess finds last seasons form again. I think he can get forward from our midfield better than any of the others and if you're not creating too much all the time, just having that extra body in and around the box can make a difference. My issue when it's Joyce, Conlon and Whitehead is that they are all incredibly slow. Burgess is hardly a speed merchant but he is capable of getting up and down. 

I also still believe that Pope is our best striker and should start most games, even if you're bringing him off after 60-65 minutes for one of Cullen or Robinson. Ask centre-backs who they would want to face the least out of those three and I'm pretty sure 9 out of 10 would say Tom Pope.

Conlon certainly isn't slow. He's almost certainly quicker than Burgess.

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18 hours ago, Portvale4 said:

Completely agree. 

Gayle is a freelance broadcaster. Considering it was his first time covering Vale, I’d say he did pretty well. 

 

I didnt think he was to bad tbf to him but i would far sooner have a vale fan doing it who has a bit of passion for the club,we always seem to get the none vale ones apart from Bowers like Blakeman,Sandoz and now this chap....at least McGarry(although i believe he started as a vale fan?) and Johnson sound passionate about their clubs when they commentate and score etc

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20 hours ago, Nofinikea said:

Worrall played better once Fitzpatrick came on...  make of that what you will.

Worrall has to do more work covering Monty, that’s why more often than not he’s out on Montys side when he’s left back. 

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I think we're a better side with Fitzgerald in it than without. He's a proper left-back and will allow the likes of Worrall or Montano to focus mostly on attacking. He'll rarely be man of the match but I don't see him as a weak link. Though if Gibbons was fit we would probably play Clark on the left and Gibbo on the right.

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1 hour ago, TylerB said:

He doesn't get up and down though, certainly not like Burgess can and does.

I would guess Burgess must be right up there in the stats for distance covered during a game, plus he does it for the whole time he's on the field.  The difference yesterday was that he got on the ball more, and he was much more effective when he had it, than in recent games.

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that 2nd half was the first time our midfield was back to its best they never stopped pressing all half whatever askey said in his roasting at half time worked, worrall and burgess were superb conlon and joyce worked tirelessly, when pope came on the cheltenham defence couldn't deal with his strength just a shame he hit the post i thought it was in lol, scott brown first half was class he pulled of some amazing saves. hopefully we can push on now 

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