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Match Thread: Port Vale v Forest Green Rovers


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59 minutes ago, Doha said:

Unlucky Vale. Good performance.

That #22 should have been off for them. Appalling ref and liner on railway side. Appalling. 

 

Liner on the Lorne Street was no better.  Ref let FGR pull his pants down throughout the game.  Not the reason we didn’t win though, we weren’t clinical enough first half.  Other than that I’d say they’ll be far happier with the point than we are.

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52 minutes ago, valiant_593 said:

Smith had a good game but no chance was he man of the match tonight. Wilson, edmondson, garrity, Hussey and Martin all better imo 

Give him credit,he kept Jamille Matt very quiet which not many central defenders  can say this year. A strong performance, good to see. 

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3 minutes ago, Aguar61 said:

Give him credit,he kept Jamille Matt very quiet which not many central defenders  can say this year. A strong performance, good to see. 

Oh yeah he was very good, I just thought those others were better

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Regarding Walker, he did give the ball away a few times tonight. There was also a moment in the second half. I think it was after we conceded, he let the ball slip past him and Martin had to clean up. 
 

i think we missed a Cass type player in the second half. When we had those corners to deal with we needed someone to run it out of danger, too many hoofs back to them, rinse and repeat. 

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5 minutes ago, valiant_593 said:

Oh yeah he was very good, I just thought those others were better

Even Breadwinner gave Smithy MOTM. So he definitely was. For me it was more a team effort. Thought Hall had another good game. Wouldn't really single anyone out to be honest., 7+ all round.

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Shame we couldn't hang on to the win tonight. The more the game went on it seemed as though we were waiting for them to equalise. Great first half and perhaps should have tried to get that important 2nd goal. We do let teams win a lot of midfield challenges which gains momentum for them as we are a little slow in getting the pass away, Pett guilty of this several times.

I know it's a point but our desire to kill the game with the second was lacking at times. We are missing that cutting edge or moment of brilliance that wins us those games.

Not sure 5-3-2 is going to get us the wins required. None of our 3 central defenders look that comfortable on the ball, Hall by far the best of the 3 with the ball at his feet.

Worrall wasted at wing back and Hussey lacks the pace although he is getting better by the game.

Thought Edmondson had a decent game but both him and Wilson drift to the wings far too much leaving us with no central presence, what we would give for a target man like Matt, he was a constant threat although we kept him reasonably quiet

Not confident we will reach the playoffs, need the equivalent of 12 wins from now on. Just can't see it happening.

Overall came away from the game thinking there was something missing, plenty of passion and commitment but a lack of cutting edge

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1 hour ago, Guitar Ray said:

Liner on the Lorne Street was no better.  Ref let FGR pull his pants down throughout the game.  Not the reason we didn’t win though, we weren’t clinical enough first half.  Other than that I’d say they’ll be far happier with the point than we are.

DC not happy.

 

YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GAME

Darrell Clarke: “I am very disappointed. Very disappointed that two offsides that led to a corner for their goals. Not one. Two.

“It cost us the game.

“That is why I am disappointed. I am disappointed for my players and my supporters. I thought both of those sets, players and fans, were outstanding and I thought we deserved to win.”

YOU WENT TO SPEAK TO THE OFFICIALS AFTERWARDS. WHAT DID THEY HAVE TO SAY?

“I just told him he has cost me the game. It’s not good enough.

“The linesman cost us the game, two offsides. He has to be able to see that and manage that. It’s really not a hard call.

“But that is the nature of the beast. I know they have a difficult job and I am speaking on emotion but I am disappointed that hasn’t helped us get the points.”

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Just now, Heatwave said:

BTW, where were Radio Stoke tonight? Nothing before the match and by the time I got back to the car they had the closing stages of Crewe at Gillingham on. 

Nowhere. Water must have got in their two cans and a piece of string system. 

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2 hours ago, Heatwave said:

Anyone know why Harratt's goal was disallowed for offside? I was at the wrong end but it looked to me like he started his run in the Vale half.

Couldn't see on iFollow, as the ball was kicked the camera was on the Vale player kicking the ball, Harratt and the half way line were not in camera view, at least on my screen. Same on the replay.

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8 hours ago, LancyTony said:

Not a disaster, although disappointing we led for so long! Tranmere won / Northampton lost at home / all the others around us drew.  

Given the set of games last night i'd of snapped hand off prior to the game for parity with the other teams who arguably had easier fixtures. So whilst it felt like a loss to me after the way we played it was a good nights work. Have to win at Salford on Saturday now to start a roll hopefully.

Echo what everyone else said about the officials. Atrocious, i expected the first booking to be us after the consistent fouling and bodychecks by FGR but for some unknown reason he chose to not book a single player. Complete ineptitude.

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Typical game of two halves I guess, very scrappy given the conditions with few (if any) clear cut chances. They’ll be happy to have rescued a point when they didn’t look like breaking us down, but I think both sides will be analysing the goals today and be very disappointed by the defending on the corners. 

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How do other teams keep getting tonked by FGR? Do they not press them and just let them play? If so, isn't that just rank bad management? We've now looked by far the better team in 3 halves of football against them, whilst their decent chance creation has been virtually zero across 4 halves. Just can't get my head around how they win every week

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7 hours ago, Heatwave said:

Anyone know why Harratt's goal was disallowed for offside? I was at the wrong end but it looked to me like he started his run in the Vale half.

He was offside.

I was dead level with it.

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Other than 20 minutes at the beginning of the second half, I though we dominated the game with a very very good press and deserved the win last night. I think that playing FGR you really have to be brave and trust that you will make tackles and stop them playing around you. When they get on top, they really punish you and arguably deserved a goal after starting the 2nd half so well.

 

Odd to go into a game like that thinking that a point was a good result and coming away after the performance thinking that we deserved more.

 

Smudge was outstanding as was Garrity and Hussy though in fairness, there wasn't really a weak link last night. If we played like that for the rest of the season (unlikely I know), I would be confident that we would go past the play offs into the automatics. 

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I also forgot Wilson. Just touching MOM with Smudge for me. His last 2 games, dropping off the front line, have really showed his quality. When he gets the ball in space, he really hurts teams.

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55 minutes ago, philmpv said:

How do other teams keep getting tonked by FGR? Do they not press them and just let them play? If so, isn't that just rank bad management? We've now looked by far the better team in 3 halves of football against them, whilst their decent chance creation has been virtually zero across 4 halves. Just can't get my head around how they win every week

Bang on. Said exactly the same to my lad during the game. All the faffing they do at goal kicks etc i find it amazing that teams don't get in their faces and press. I went to the away game too and we played really well and were probably a bit unfortunate not to win by 3 or 4. 

The League table doesn't lie and clearly there on merit but it is perplexing to me how they've smashed the league.

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