Vital Football

Latest Port Vale News

View From The Bycars

View From The Bycars
This was a game of two-thirds and a third. And of two managers. For the first hour Vale produced an insipid performance, lacking in fluency, energy and guile. Gillingham`s goal, scored deep into first half injury time looked like being enough for them to take all three points.

But on 60 minutes Micky Adams made a Mourinho-like triple substitution that changed the game. Gareth Owen replaced McDonald at the back. Marshall and Shuker replaced Williamson and the disappointing Morsy. Vale went one up front, had an extra man in midfield and increasingly pushed both full backs on.

Shuker, in particular, brought movement and invention to the team, creating space on both flanks. Gillingham began for the first time in the game to show signs of stress at the back and their goalie was very lucky to get away with some eccentric keeping. But the goal would not come, not least because Essam kept blocking all Vale`s best efforts. It was down to the increasingly influential Loft to engineer the break though. He got round the back of the Gills` defence on 81 minutes and produced a pinpoint cross that not even Rigg could contrive to miss.

Confronted with this change in the balance of play Mr Hessenthaler was found wanting. He brought on a full back and took off a striker, while the Vale went for the win, even though this meant living a little dangerously at the back. He who dared won. Gillingham gave away a definite if daft penalty in the last minute of normal time that Richards despatched with aplomb. So, despite, being rubbish for much of the season we are only two points off the play-offs, though none of the teams above us show signs of crumbling. Funny old game.

Date:Sunday February 19 2012
Time: 5:32PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Port Vale Articles

Could L1 & L2 Get A Much Needed Cash Boost?

The EFL have crunched the full attendance numbers for the season of 2016/17 and their...

You Can Sit This One Out Kay - 2/3/18

Port Vale's Antony Kay will be out of action this week as he serves an automatic suspension.

What Is A Club Developed Player & Why Does It Matter

EFL member clubs will be held to a 'club developed player' requirement from the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

League Two 2017/18 Golden Boot Battle (1/3/18)

The season might only be a few months old in terms of the calendar, but with high expectations for some players when it comes to this year's Golden Boot battle...

Port Vale Archived Articles

Vital Vale articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Vale
Write For Vital Vale
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Port Vale v Colchester
Suggested By:
Port Vale win59%
Colchester win23%
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Port Vale Results (view all)

Port Vale Fixtures (view all)

The Vital Football Members League