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Match Thread: Exeter City v Port Vale


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Safe journey to all Vale fans heading down to Exeter today. I'm really jealous!

Will be sat on the couch nervous as hell and shouting at the TV at 3pm today.

Have a funny feeling in my water that we'll get something out of the match today. Just stuck a tenner on with Ladbrokes

UTV and KTF

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27 minutes ago, Warren said:

We need what we have got to be more confident and effective. For example the strikers should get in the opposition box and be in positions to score!!!!!! I don't think we can change the fundamental shape of the team which has been drilled on three central defenders with wingbacks the whole season. Changing to 451 is a recipe for being 1-0 down after 5 minutes. We could do with not playing Exeter and having easier opposition. But given we are, I think playing away and being forced to defend and counter attack may be better than being at home and playing on the front foot. 

I've read one or two posts on here that think we should change formation. I'm not sure about that as the players seem to find it difficult; wasn't that what happened at Colchester?

I think they were completely shell shocked by the comprehensiveness of our defeat to Bristol Rovers and still haven't got over it. What the side needs is an early goal - for us, not Exeter - to calm things down and give them back their self confidence. 

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Having not been able to get tickets for todays game and treat my missus to a long weekend away in Devon I purchased tickets instead for the live screening at Vale Park. However,  having had a very sleepless night dreading the worst scenario today I cannot subject myself and my old ticker to actually watching! I am going out in the hope of NOT knowing any scores until the read out at 5pm. At the very worst then I'll have a brief heart attack and usual moment of utter frustration other than sitting through 90 plus minutes of purgatory.  I wish EVERY single one of you fantastic Vale fans, wherever you are, a brilliant day. If we do achieve promotion I'll probably celebrate from a hospital bed, such is the intensity and ludicrous pressure Vale put on us more mortals!

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Just about to set off, mrs has made me take my Vale top off as we should be hitting the pubs from 11 (advantages of living down here). Let’s hope for 3 points and a miracle elsewhere.

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12 hours ago, Dangermouse3 said:

Vale fans on Dartmoor

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Christ...just read that as Vale fans IN Dartmoor.....thought bliddy hell what have they been up to already!!!

Hope it's a great day lads!

Gooooooarrnnn the Vale!

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Gibbo will start today, or play a full 2nd half. Dazzler back to his old job will really stir the troops. Got to be solid at the back and we need that little bite we have been missing. We’ll draw today, don’t let Exeter think they can roll us over because that’s terrible for a club like Vale.

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Whoever did the team talk at half time Monday needs to let them have it before the game we need 90 mins off the first 20 mins on Monday second half .
If we play aggressively we have a chance if we stand off players we have no chance.
I know Pett Charsley and Garrity will be at it just need the other 8 turn up including a competent goalkeeper who stands up not lets lousy shots go in at his near post .
I'd change the keeper myself but everyone to there own thought Gibbons was poor on Mon when he come on but we know what he can produce when at his best .
Every player need produce a 7/8 out of 10 performance today no less
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20 minutes ago, philpvfc said:

Just about to set off, mrs has made me take my Vale top off as we should be hitting the pubs from 11 (advantages of living down here). Let’s hope for 3 points and a miracle elsewhere.

I’m in the same boat. Bus from Bovey Tracey at 11:15 to Exeter by 12. Last bus home is 19:55 from Exeter to only part of my journey, then taxi to complete.

That’s what you get living in the sticks!

Just want Vale to turn up!!

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Regardless of outcome today am pretty at ease with things. If our season ends today then so be it and onto the next one. Personally I think the team will flick the switch today with some slightly lower expectations and win. Won’t be enough for the autos but had written that off at full time against Newport. 

Good luck to the team today and safe journey all those heading down.

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12 minutes ago, Bycarsbill said:

I don't know if anyone else is feeling like me this morning, but I seem to be a bit calmer and somewhat resigned to taking whatever this afternoon throws at us.

For the last three matches I had been nervously anxious with expectations that we would win those games and was of course, mightily disappointed, but today those expectations are far lower and therefore anything positive will be an absolute bonus! 

Does that make sense?

I echo these feelings

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15 minutes ago, Guppys left peg said:

Regardless of outcome today am pretty at ease with things. If our season ends today then so be it and onto the next one. Personally I think the team will flick the switch today with some slightly lower expectations and win. Won’t be enough for the autos but had written that off at full time against Newport. 

Good luck to the team today and safe journey all those heading down.

Ditto. Disappointing to get so close but had someone offered this position on the last day at the start of the season, and at the end of Jan I’m sure most folk would have taken it.

Whatever happens today I’m hugely proud of how far the club has come in the last 9 months (and before).

In Carol we trust.

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Vale 9/4, get the money on, its D day boys, our destiny arrives today, we’ve proven we are the best team in the league this season, how can we fail with a sold out vale army behind us, fighting with the passion of a Ukrainian soldier, nobody will deny us our rightful promotion this year, #slavavale

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1 hour ago, onestepatatime said:

Having not been able to get tickets for todays game and treat my missus to a long weekend away in Devon I purchased tickets instead for the live screening at Vale Park. However,  having had a very sleepless night dreading the worst scenario today I cannot subject myself and my old ticker to actually watching! I am going out in the hope of NOT knowing any scores until the read out at 5pm. At the very worst then I'll have a brief heart attack and usual moment of utter frustration other than sitting through 90 plus minutes of purgatory.  I wish EVERY single one of you fantastic Vale fans, wherever you are, a brilliant day. If we do achieve promotion I'll probably celebrate from a hospital bed, such is the intensity and ludicrous pressure Vale put on us more mortals!

Yer big Jessica - I'm coming with you 😍😍👍

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1 hour ago, ClntonBoulton said:

Christ...just read that as Vale fans IN Dartmoor.....thought bliddy hell what have they been up to already!!!

Hope it's a great day lads!

Gooooooarrnnn the Vale!

Is that what they call an open prison?

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1 hour ago, 1 said:

Gibbo will start today, or play a full 2nd half. Dazzler back to his old job will really stir the troops. Got to be solid at the back and we need that little bite we have been missing. We’ll draw today, don’t let Exeter think they can roll us over because that’s terrible for a club like Vale.

It’s great to see him back but I’m cautious about putting all my hopes in gibbo making an massive impact in only his second game back, hopefully he starts and he’s firing ready to go for the play offs.

For anyone travelling down, it is blazing hot down here at the moment. 

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