View From The Bycars
The Vale are certainly easier on the eye than they were last season (the pink kit notwithstanding). I am not entirely convinced by Neal, but it is difficult to form an opinion when he has nothing to do, and he does bring a much-needed air of calm to the defence. Duffy had his best game. He likes a tackle and his crossing was good. Loft had his hands full with Thompson for much of the game and didn`t get forward as much as he and we would like, but it was from one of his crosses that Saah obligingly scored the Vale goal. Morsy had another good game, Vale`s man of the match in my view. Shuker showed some improvement, but he still gave the ball away too often and his set pieces were disappointing. Myrie-Williams is undoubtedly a threat, but he dithers too often when in good positions. Torquay certainly feared him and doubled up on him as often as they could. Torquay`s debutant, Mackenzie, had an excellent game against Pope, who got far too many balls in the air. He holds the ball up much better when he gets it on the ground. Pope and Dodds didn`t really gell either. Vincent needs the ball in front of him and behind the full back. More than anything else he probably needs a goal. The most disappointing aspect of Vale`s performance was the way in which McCombe and Macdonald were bullied by Howe. Mr Howe is no athlete, but he put his considerable bulk about, helped by some indulgent refereeing, but McCombe and Macdonald, especially Macdonald, should not be looking to the referee for help. A man of Macdonald`s build should not be bullied by anyone, not even the Klitchskos.