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I've got the feeling that we will lose tomorrow - don't know why, perhaps its all the omens and hype around the game but I'm more nervous about it than I've been for matches for a while. 

BUT - if we do lose  I console myself with some cold hard facts.

Since Dazzler started the turnaround last season against Newport we've won 18, drawn 5 and lost 7. That is a 60% win ratio and a positive result in 76% of our matches. Two of the losses were end of last season when he was giving players a go and two of them against higher league opposition in the Pizza cup / Fl Trophy. Unreal.

AND - if we win, then, get in there you MIGHTY whites. On to the next project, Oldham here we come.

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3 hours ago, SuperHuman said:

I think this game is probably being bigged up or magnified more than any other game this season so far. I know it’s on Sky and we are doing well, but it’s still only 3 points. I hope the players aren’t phased by the hype or the cameras. 

We might lose or win tomorrow but this one game won’t define our season. Keep our feet on the ground. We are going to lose games, it’s how we react in the games after. 
 

 

Part of building the club, the sort of games we will have to take in our stride every week if we are going anywhere. All part of the learning process, in DC we trust.

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How many more people are having a feeling we going lose ,this is a vibrant Vale for the record I think they will win 3-0 Garrity Wilson and Legge the scorers and I will be shouting from the rooftops to encourage them to do so from the minute I get in the game to the minute I get out the ground .
Sky being there has over hyped it somewhat ,disappointed that not one end of our ground sold out it deserves be in fact I think the owners deserves 10 k rack up tomorrow .
Oh well strange footballing area
UTV

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10 minutes ago, Breadwinner said:

How many more people are having a feeling we going lose ,this is a vibrant Vale for the record I think they will win 3-0 Garrity Wilson and Legge the scorers and I will be shouting from the rooftops to encourage them to do so from the minute I get in the game to the minute I get out the ground .
Sky being there has over hyped it somewhat ,disappointed that not one end of our ground sold out it deserves be in fact I think the owners deserves 10 k rack up tomorrow .
Oh well strange footballing area
UTV
 

I'll be shouting from the rooftops too. I want us to win, and my gut says we'll go up this season, I'm just nervous about tomorrow, probably because Bradford are a better side than their current league position suggests and we cant win every match... the point I was trying to make is that it doesn't really matter if we do lose because we are awesome, and stats suggest that we will bounce back straight away anyway.

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4 hours ago, Santa said:

How early? Orient at home a year ago was 1pm

That Northampton one was 2pm bizarrely. Wasn’t there a game at Doncaster or somewhere that kicked off in the morning?

January 1984 - all three local teams were at home so the kick offs were staggered. Vale at 12.00 beat Bournemouth 2-1. Stoke at 3.00 lost 1-0 to Leicester. Crewe at 7.30 beat Torquay 2-1. Keith Curle was playing on the wing for Torquay. We went to all three games - heaven knows why!!!

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What we have to overcome tomorrow:

1.  Expectations

2.  Manager of the Month curse.

3.  Rembrance before the game (remember      Rochdale)

4.  Longest winning home run since Adam was a lad.

If we win tomorrow we needn’t play the rest of the season because we’ll be up!!!

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6 minutes ago, Jacko51 said:

What we have to overcome tomorrow:

1.  Expectations

2.  Manager of the Month curse.

3.  Rembrance before the game (remember      Rochdale)

4.  Longest winning home run since Adam was a lad.

If we win tomorrow we needn’t play the rest of the season because we’ll be up!!!

Also we have lost on the last 2 international weekends to Rochdale and Sutton and this weekend is another international weekend. 

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Unfortunately I’m missing this, but I do have a feeling we’ll lose tomorrow. Our home record vs Bradford is patchy, they always seem to have a decent vociferous backing, plus the fact that it’s on Sky, DC get MoTM award, we’ve been getting loads of positive attention and could go top….. the stars have aligned and how many times have Vale done this to us before??!! 

IF we do get the WIN to go top, then I’ll really really start to get excited. 

Cant really grumble about the football being dished up at the moment though, Accrington was a cracking game.

CMON Vale, let’s get something out of this game.

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We are regularly gash correct, but our team reads out that we shouldn't be. At last we finally have got a few of the insane injury list returning to at least give us a few players worthy of L2 on the bench. Eisa is finally fit for Saturday but for how long is anyones guess, he's not played a single minute in the League for us as yet, injury prone Angol also back which is good as he looked very impressive early season, Andy Cook injured is a huge blow obviously. Difficult prediction this one, form wise there's only one winner without doubt, but on paper team wise we have a team that should be more than good enough for this level and should be capable of beating most L2 sides, but we certainly haven't shown this so far, we could whinge about our crazy injuries already this season but all teams get them so it's a case of shut up and get on with it. My prediction/guess is we will somehow win this 2-0

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12 hours ago, Guitar Ray said:

Lots of tickets behind the goal in the Bycars being given away free to schools.  Impossible to guess how this will impact the attendance although I guess anyone taking up the free offer won’t be counted as they’re non paying??

Ray that’s good marketing. Not a completely radical idea as PVFC were doing it in the mid to late 70’s. Pleased that it has happened as it was something some of us were saying to do when C&K took over, due to a lack of young fans at home games. They are the future and not all will comeback but others will be there for life. If the club are doing that much to feed kids, their parents would never spend money for their children to come to VP. You’re only a child once and for me it was definitely the best part of my life, so let’s give something to them that they never would be able to experience. Well done PVFC and hopefully those attending today’s game will create a fantastic atmosphere, so ppl watching on TV may decide to come to other games also we may be chanting,

‘We are top of the league, I said we are top of the league’

 

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6 hours ago, Wyke-9 said:

We are regularly gash correct, but our team reads out that we shouldn't be. At last we finally have got a few of the insane injury list returning to at least give us a few players worthy of L2 on the bench. Eisa is finally fit for Saturday but for how long is anyones guess, he's not played a single minute in the League for us as yet, injury prone Angol also back which is good as he looked very impressive early season, Andy Cook injured is a huge blow obviously. Difficult prediction this one, form wise there's only one winner without doubt, but on paper team wise we have a team that should be more than good enough for this level and should be capable of beating most L2 sides, but we certainly haven't shown this so far, we could whinge about our crazy injuries already this season but all teams get them so it's a case of shut up and get on with it. My prediction/guess is we will somehow win this 2-0

The beauty of football is that you can be gash and still somehow win a game, we’ve all seen it. Equally, certainly at this level, a team can play great and lose.  If you take your chances and we don’t then you’ll win and vice versa.

In this particular game our worry seems to be that a perfect storm of circumstances will conspire against us, DC Manager of the Month, TV cameras, former player returning to haunt his old club etc. rather than factors within our control out on the pitch.  So if we do lose, which will be a setback rather than a disaster, it’ll obviously be down to one of the above rather than any great play on the part of the Bantams. 😉

Let’s hope both teams put on a great display, a showcase for League 2 football. UTV.

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6 minutes ago, Guitar Ray said:

The beauty of football is that you can be gash and still somehow win a game, we’ve all seen it. Equally, certainly at this level, a team can play great and lose.  If you take your chances and we don’t then you’ll win and vice versa.

In this particular game our worry seems to be that a perfect storm of circumstances will conspire against us, DC Manager of the Month, TV cameras, former player returning to haunt his old club etc. rather than factors within our control out on the pitch.  So if we do lose, which will be a setback rather than a disaster, it’ll obviously be down to one of the above rather than any great play on the part of the Bantams. 😉

Let’s hope both teams put on a great display, a showcase for League 2 football. UTV.

I agree with that Ray, I'm also feel that the pressure is all on us to perform and win.  There is no pressure on that away side at all, they can just turn up and play their game.  Couldn't Salford have been on the telly today.

Really hope that we can overcome this and get the result we want.

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