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In all honesty I'm sitting here still waiting for the new manager bounce.  In fairness Clarke looks like he's set out to make us hard to beat first and foremost and then go from there.  No bad thing, but hell the last two games have been a tough watch from a Vale perspective.

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25 minutes ago, Iron Curtain said:

You want DC to get rid of Rodney?

Didnt say that.

I will say again that i would still pick Rodney in the first 11. He has a goal in him from nowhere sometimes. He is very quick , he has a tremendous powerful shot.

I also see in him, too often, a player who offers very little when we need it from him. Perhaps i expect too much because he has scored goals but tonight i think he offered very little to the team.

He was let down by the service once again but he has to do better for himself and when the team need it from him.

Saturday will probable see a stunning goal from him

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8 minutes ago, mattyboy said:

and that would be adequate to compare to now with a new manager without his own players and no pre season.  Anyway here you go then.  You do know you're talking about the wrong season don't you?!

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God our attendances look poor there. Back to back away wins against Shrewsbury and Crewe and then a 4,900 home crowd.

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32 minutes ago, PV1973 said:

Plain as day. Some fans don’t seem to realise that players do the things positionally that they are told to by the manager. We set up like that for a reason. But IMO that formation means we don’t get the best out of certain players. However we got a clean sheet, so from that point of view the defensive base worked. But it’s the   forward thinking players though in front of them that were the issue. 

Say again, that defensive back 5 worked against Stevenage.

What for the next three games, a back 7

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I thought Stevenage were above average for what I have seen this year. The defence did very well otherwise we would have lost; perhaps heavily. Yet the midfield and attack were ineffective. We managed 6 shots and a few scrambles. We looked like the away team. Swan has to play near Rodney, if Rodney is the target man! Not stand on the other side of the pitch in a sort of hopeful schoolboy way. But he wasn't without promise. Wind affected game, but to be fair we probably did pass it round quite well. The ingredients aren't right, but when remixing keep the defence.

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48 minutes ago, Sandyford_Lion said:

We had two forwards, three midfield men and two attacking wing backs. Only problem was they were all useless.

Taylor might be lucky to play again after that performance.

Conlon gone off completely

Monty had a poor game

Rodney once again looks less like a footballer than me.

Please Mr Clarke GET RID !!!!

Taylor and Conlon...Burgess...Hurst...are all young lads having far too much responsibility lumped on them, because of the poor performances of much-more experienced players...like Monty. That's most of our midfield not playing to their potential, so the forwards are getting nothing, either! I'm afraid we will have to suffer this until we reach safety and the pressure is off? An emotional cry to get rid of players - outside of a transfer window - is just a bit daft - we're all suffering!

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33 minutes ago, Jacko51 said:

Our two wing backs were actually two backs. How many crosses did they put in. Agree about the complete lack of service. 

They got forward. Monty was in opposition box three times in final ten mins.

Gibbons too was in opposition box.

Just failed with the quality tonight for me.

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1 minute ago, bomber said:

Stopped shipping goals ! Yes we need to be better but not conceding is the first step. So I take a positive from this. Hopefully we can be a bit better going forward. 

Seems to be what most new managers try and do in our position, shut up shop. The harder part is then trying to play attacking , expansive football.

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7 minutes ago, connor hackett said:
17 minutes ago, Sandyford_Lion said:
Against a poor team
What do we do for the next three games. Play a back seven !!!

Weve played a lot worse teams than stevenage and leaked goals. Take the positives.

Who are these worse teams?

They are in the bottom 5 and in the 2 games against them we've made them look decent. 

The league table doesn't lie, they are crap , as are we 

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I think a lot of folks on here were expecting  a miracle-worker not a new manager.  The only building blocks are the squad he's inherited and in the short term he can only work with what he's got. The good news is that he has seemingly shored-up the defence and we have 2 extra points that could yet be crucial come season's end! We can only begin to judge the new director of football/manager set up once they've had a chance to shape the squad they want to reflect the style of play they're aiming for. In the meantime, we have to hope for sufficient points from the remaining games to ensure that the next season is in league 2 and not the National League. 

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26 minutes ago, darren1810 said:

Grant was the anti-christ on here by loads of posters. 

Along with O'Connor he's the best Midfield player of the last decade

Most people turned on Grant when he made it clear he wanted to leave in the season when we had the awful foreign legion.

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