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Taylor is good for the Vale when we need a goal, if we are defending a lead he isn’t. 
I think he struggles with the pressing game needed against better teams. He's looks brilliant against bad teams that give us time on the ball, cause he's good technically.

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1 minute ago, soothsayer said:

Having been to the game today the observations I would make are:

1. Swindon deserved the win and McKirdy’s finishing was the difference between the sides. 

2. Their first goal was really poor marking but their second was a fine finish.

3. They were really rocking at the end and panicking, kicking the ball any where.

4. To have more possession than Swindon on their patch was an unexpected surprise. It was a shame however we didn’t do more with it.

5. I thought they ran out of steam halfway through the second half so bearing this in mind we must be patient on Thursday. Keep it tight and chances will come but we must deal with McKirdy better in the second leg.

6. We really missed our two most creative midfielders today - Conlon and Walker. I’m not sure we can win the playoffs without them.

7. Really disappointing that we didn’t even come close to selling out our away allocation for such a big game.

8. The fans who went were pretty quiet throughout. I know this wasn’t helped by the weather, the performance and the surroundings but still disappointing hopefully we can all make more noise on Thursday.

9. The EFL should make it a condition of membership that away fans have the same viewing conditions as home fans. The Swindon away end is a disgrace and I thought those conditions had been left behind in the 70/80’s. 

10. It’s still possible to progress but we’ll need to neutralise the threat of McKirdy far more, be far better in possession and hold the ball up far more in the final third.

Finally if we we fail to win the playoffs, I still think it’s been a season of progress and the club is moving in the right direction. UTV.

Agree, although if we don’t go up we would all be disappointed, Carol is on record as saying the objective at the start of the season was to finish in the top 7.

Given that we finished 5th it must be classed as a successful season.

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Not sure what's up with a lot on here.

It was an attritional away performance. Similar to that that got us 3 points against Exeter.

We're still in the game!
 

Need to be on the front foot from the off but certainly no need to start flapping.

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We signed McKirdy near the end of the window on Rudge's recommendation according to some on OVF

Both Askey and Clarke failed to get a game out of him.

Swindon have.

What's worse is knowing the class act Swindon have made him we have totally and utterly failed to come up with tactics to stop him.

I don't care what his personality off the pitch may or may not be. All I know is he is a class act who came with a reputation for 'issues' that did not fit into Askey and Clarke's plans.

Rudge brought Vale our finest hours by signing off the field 'problems' who were class on the pitch.

On Thursday we need to do an Italian job on him.

But we won't, and Harry McKirdy will probably be leading The celebrations in front of the Bycars.

Worse of all it's all been so unnecessary if we had shown up v Bristol, Walsall or Newport.

Yes the opposition also wanted to win but the truth Is they wanted it more than us in all those games.

 

 

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52 minutes ago, TreacleValiant said:

Mckirdy is a class above in league 2 when he fancies it. DC’s biggest mistake so far as Vale’s Manager has been not getting the best out of him and letting him go. If we had kept Mckirdy this season we would have gone up automatically. That’s the reality. I still fancy us to beat Swindon in the second leg. UTV.

How many people on here disagreed with the decision to release him in the summer?  Can't remember anyone.

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9 minutes ago, andy jones said:

We signed McKirdy near the end of the window on Rudge's recommendation according to some on OVF

Both Askey and Clarke failed to get a game out of him.

Swindon have.

What's worse is knowing the class act Swindon have made him we have totally and utterly failed to come up with tactics to stop him.

I don't care what his personality off the pitch may or may not be. All I know is he is a class act who came with a reputation for 'issues' that did not fit into Askey and Clarke's plans.

Rudge brought Vale our finest hours by signing off the field 'problems' who were class on the pitch.

On Thursday we need to do an Italian job on him.

But we won't, and Harry McKirdy will probably be leading The celebrations in front of the Bycars.

Worse of all it's all been so unnecessary if we had shown up v Bristol, Walsall or Newport.

Yes the opposition also wanted to win but the truth Is they wanted it more than us in all those games.

 

 

Loved his interview after the game -how is the manager getting the best out of you - he puts me on the pitch 

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14 minutes ago, Coyney Valiant said:

Loved his interview after the game -how is the manager getting the best out of you - he puts me on the pitch 

So that's the secret?

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17 minutes ago, Coyney Valiant said:

Loved his interview after the game -how is the manager getting the best out of you - he puts me on the pitch 

To be fair, I saw him on the pitch for Vale. Woeful. 

Swindon with deal with his nonsense as long as he's doing the business. Let's see what happens when the goals dry up. Give me Wilson or Proctor any day.

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12 minutes ago, Jacko51 said:

How many people on here disagreed with the decision to release him in the summer?  Can't remember anyone.

I don't think many if any disagreed 'cause we hardly saw him play and when he was played for any length of time it was as a left wing back.....against Barrow? When he did come on for a cameo I remember making a comment like  "He's trying too hard" as nothing appeared to go right for him.

I remember seeing him score a peach of a goal in a JPT game with his left foot from outside the box but then no appearance in the 1st team or perhaps even on the bench for the next league game.

What I find baffling is it was two separate managers that didn't give him a run of games, what was going on in training, surely his skill and ability would have shone through on the training pitch.  Perhaps the rumor of him being difficult to manage is true and if so all Kudos to the current Swindon manager but I hope he stubs his big toe in the bathroom tonight.

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3 hours ago, Guppys left peg said:

I don’t think we were bad at all. Some bad errors at times certainly such as their first goal but I’ve seen enough to tell me so long as we are all at it from the first minute at VP we can beat this lot.

I think the plan was to keep it tight possibly similar to Exeter. McKirdy's movement is superb and he is well up for it. DC knows that but we did not pay him the attention he deserves, like him or not.

I didn't go to Exeter, but if I'm honest since we won at hartlepool, we do not look the same side. We do not create much, don't get round the back, etc. We are dependent on brilliant pieces of skill from Wilson/ Proctor. We do miss Brad Walker, a fit Dave Worrall would help. Hope I'm wrong and the lads can find some form and win the next two games - give em a shout on Thursday. UTV

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32 minutes ago, andy jones said:

Worse of all it's all been so unnecessary if we had shown up v Bristol, Walsall or Newport.

Yes the opposition also wanted to win but the truth Is they wanted it more than us in all those games.

 

 

To be fair I think the rigours of a long hard season have caught up with us. I know it’s the same for all sides but the injuries to Proctor and Wilson cost us half a dozen points whilst I suspect Conlon’s absence as also cost us a few. I’m also convinced that had Brad Walker not been injured at Hartlepool we’d now be up.

if we are to miss out I really don’t think it’s due to a lack of effort but is due to a lack of quality. I will console myself with the fact we’ve improved massively on last season and if we continue to improve season on season we will eventually go up.

Let’s hope we can muster two more performances. UTV.

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11 minutes ago, Paul6754 said:

I don't think many if any disagreed 'cause we hardly saw him play and when he was played for any length of time it was as a left wing back.....against Barrow? When he did come on for a cameo I remember making a comment like  "He's trying too hard" as nothing appeared to go right for him.

I remember seeing him score a peach of a goal in a JPT game with his left foot from outside the box but then no appearance in the 1st team or perhaps even on the bench for the next league game.

What I find baffling is it was two separate managers that didn't give him a run of games, what was going on in training, surely his skill and ability would have shone through on the training pitch.  Perhaps the rumor of him being difficult to manage is true and if so all Kudos to the current Swindon manager but I hope he stubs his big toe in the bathroom tonight.

He could slip on his repeated spittle?

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We are shut of Smurf.

We have fantastic owners.

We own our own stadium.

We are not at the wrong end of the table fighting to stay in the football league.

We are a goal down at half time from a potential trip to the new Wembley stadium.

What a great season so far.

That's my glass half full. I don't do half empties! 

 

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2 hours ago, Walka003 said:
2 hours ago, Jacko51 said:
You really are a miserable sod aren't you?

Just a realist really, been down this road too many times with vale.

You tell yourself you’re a realist however I think the word you were searching for is defeatist. You are talking yourself into being the hardest done to Vale fan. The “woe is me” persona isn’t really very attractive you know. 
why don’t you all tell us what you think we can do to win this next game?? Please inspire us.

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