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13 hours ago, DazFred said:

Benning was excellent yesterday. Much more mobile than Hussey. Links up with Hall and Charsley.

We looked a good unit

Which is actually how we’d been playing for the first half of the season with gibbo/ Conlon / Jones  and Worrall / Conlon / cass. That aspect of our play disappeared for a couple of months. 

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1 minute ago, PV1973 said:

Which is actually how we’d been playing for the first half of the season with gibbo/ Conlon / Jones  and Worrall / Conlon / cass. That aspect of our play disappeared for a couple of months. 

Spot on. We miss Cass. I like Smith but Cass and Wozza were a good pairing. 

I'm really pleased we've given ourselves a chance to get amongst em

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1 hour ago, jeffers said:

Over the last couple of games, Mal Benning is like having a new signing.

It will be interesting if/when Gibbo is back. That could also be like a new signing too.

I'm sure they won't rush him back but it could be interesting to see how we fare with him down one flank and Benning on the other.

BTW, I'm not knocking the excellent Worrall - however, we do need to manage all the players. Wozza's had a huge workload, playing a lot of 90 mins and picking up a fair few knocks in recent weeks so I do wonder if he could get a rest on the bench for a game or two if Gibbo comes back.

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I'm sure Gibbo will want to make sure he’s fit and ready for the playoffs if needed. 
Cant see him being rushed back and risking aggravating his recovery. Not with how well we’re performing at the present. It’s going to be an interesting few weeks on the run in to the final game. 

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Saturday was one of those special moments at Vale Park. They have been few and far between in recent years but   right now, not relying on other results and just our own performance and feeling like we could beat anyone in the league even with our manager absent alongside Gibbo and Conlon, feels exciting and alien to feel this way. 

Barrow are scrapping for their league status and the way Oldham have been this season, I expected the relegation fight to be over but Barrow are 6 points above the drop zone and we need to dispatch of them as efficient as we did Sutton. 

One slight concern is the size of their pitch, Wilson, Benning, Woz benefit massively from the wide Vale pitch, but I don't think Barrow can afford to sit back for the 90 minutes, they don't have the quality to defend like Exeter could.

Regardless of the opposition, as every game comes it becomes even bigger than the previous - I knew there was a solid player in Benning fighting to get out. One of the things I really like about him is he is constantly talking to his team-mates around him, noticed it earlier in the season. I think he came to Vale desperate to impress and by almost trying too hard form evaded him.

Maybe Hussey coming in and his lack of pace, Benning realised he can offer something Hussey can't but his link up play on Saturday with Wilson in the 1st half was lovely.

8 games to go, feels good to be a Vale fan right now, whisper it but it feels like something special is happening.

Also Connor Hall his absolutely ridiculous. Every header except maybe one he won on aerial duels on Saturday, every time I said aloud "he doesn't miss" The guy is incredible and there is no doubt that his ability is pulling Smith, Walker and Martin up to him by their collars.

One last thing, Brad Walker's long passing, one of them in the second half to Woz, the cross field one didn't get enough love. I'm running out of superlatives. 

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Anyone know if we have sold out for this game yet, with only around 600 tickets available, 4th in the table and a new ground for everyone, was expecting this to be sold out quickly, not seen any mention that this is the case.

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We know anyone can beat anyone in this league! However if we turn up and continue to play on the front foot and not get complacent then we should be ok. Here's hoping for another three points! But still nervous its Vale after all.

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Not sold out according to someone on Wonder of Port Vale loads of tickets left .

Not surprised really with Salford on Tues that will be sold out  .

Probably take 350 max considering the who are the other week about limited tickets very surprising not sold them all .

Fair play to the ones going though 

UTV 

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1 hour ago, Breadwinner said:

Not sold out according to someone on Wonder of Port Vale loads of tickets left .

Not surprised really with Salford on Tues that will be sold out  .

Probably take 350 max considering the who are the other week about limited tickets very surprising not sold them all .

Fair play to the ones going though 

UTV 

Plenty left for Salford. Got ours today

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2 hours ago, valefan79 said:

Anyone know if we have sold out for this game yet, with only around 600 tickets available, 4th in the table and a new ground for everyone, was expecting this to be sold out quickly, not seen any mention that this is the case.

Not exactly a new ground. We played Barrow last season,with Conlon scoring the goal of the season for all 4 divisions, imo. 

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8 minutes ago, Houston Valiant said:

Not exactly a new ground. We played Barrow last season,with Conlon scoring the goal of the season for all 4 divisions, imo. 

No supporters there, new ground for everyone to visit.

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Another rough game with hard tackling for 90 mins. Please no injuries and needs be just take Proc and Willo off. Better to be less of a threat for half an hour than trash the season.

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2 minutes ago, darren1810 said:

It's 2 1/2 hours drive not 5. We should be selling this game out for sure. 

It is if you have to go back for your ticket.

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On 27/03/2022 at 11:41, andy jones said:

Beating teams fighting for survival is going to be just as hard as teams at the top.

I think we have the hardest run in of any of the top 6.

 

Barrow are as big as 12/1 for the drop, they should take it easy IMO.......😁

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