Vital Football

Latest Port Vale News

View From the Bycars

View From the Bycars
May God forgive me, but when I looked at the weather forecast for the weekend I was rather hoping the game would be called off. A sticky dog of a pitch and strong winds did not offer much prospect of an entertaining spectacle, but in the event it wasn`t the conditions that gave Vale most problems, it was the opposition. I should come clean. Swindon Town are not among my favourite clubs. They wouldn`t be even if they allowed us to win a game now and again. I`ll say no more, for that way lawyers lie.

Swindon obviously, and correctly, thought that the playing conditions were a significant factor by choosing to play against the wind in the first half. Despite this, they dominated the game territorially, forcing a series of challenging corners. At no point did Vale succeed in establishing a platform in midfield. It was therefore something of a surprise when they scored. Myrie-Williams got a decent ball for the first time in the game, beat his full back, crossed with the outside of his left foot into the six yard box where Loft appeared out of nowhere to finish brilliantly at the near post. Vale then went two up after Archibald-Henville, who looked the weak link in the Swindon team, headed a left wing cross against one of his own players. The ball fell to Pope, who really ought to have buried it, but did enough for the ball to creep in at the post. Two nil at half time really flattered the Vale. I never felt that we had enough to win the game if Swindon managed to get the next goal, which they duly did.

Vale were utterly outplayed in the second half. Micky Adams recognised that the midfield needed reinforcing by making an early substitution, bringing on Griffith for Tomlin, who had had a poor game. Griffith then contrived to have an absolute stinker himself. He was at fault in the build up to Swindon`s first goal and gave away a stupid and unnecessary foul that led to Swindon`s second, from a well struck free kick by Pritchard. From that moment Swindon ran riot. Luongo controlled the game and Vale could not cope with the movement of Ranger and the close control of (the irritating little) Pritchard. All these players looked capable of playing at a higher level.

Swindon players ran off their markers all over the pitch. They closed the Vale down high up the field and we could barely get out of our half, not helped by playing against a very strong wind, though this did not seem to have inconvenienced Swindon as much in the first half. We were lucky that Swindon didn`t score six. I thought that Joe Davis did well in the circumstances. He was not helped by both full backs having poor games and Robertson, as ever, not punching his weight. Vale`s defensive frailties are not down to the defence alone, however. The midfield provided no protection whatsoever and individual errors keep recurring. That`s nine goals we have conceded in the last three games - against three very different teams. And in case you haven`t noticed we are only one point closer to the play-offs than we are from the relegation zone. There are some very important games coming up.
Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Tom
Date:Sunday February 9 2014
Time: 12:07PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Port Vale Articles

No More Quarter Final Replays For Port Vale

Should Port Vale progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

Port Vale - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16)

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Who Will Port Vale Face In 2016/17 (22/5/16)

With no matches remaining in the regular 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Wholescale League Changes For Port Vale?

The Football League have confirmed that Port Vale have received a 'discussion document' that details proposed major changes to the make up of the game in this country.

Archived Vital Vale 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 win72%
Colchester win28%
Draw0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Wigan 46 24 15 7 87 37
P Burton 46 25 10 11 85 20
3 Walsall 46 24 12 10 84 22
4 Millwall 46 24 9 13 81 24
5 Bradford 46 23 11 12 80 15
6 Barnsley 46 22 8 16 74 16
7 Scunthorpe 46 21 11 14 74 13
8 Coventry 46 19 12 15 69 18
9 Gillingham 46 19 12 15 69 15
10 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 69 7
11 Sheff Utd 46 18 12 16 66 5
12 Port Vale 46 18 11 17 65 -2
13 Peterborough 46 19 6 21 63 9
14 Bury 46 16 12 18 60 -17
15 Southend 46 16 11 19 59 -6
16 Swindon 46 16 11 19 59 -7
17 Oldham 46 12 18 16 54 -14
18 Chesterfield 46 15 8 23 53 -12
19 Fleetwood 46 12 15 19 51 -4
20 Shrewsbury 46 13 11 22 50 -21
R Doncaster 46 11 13 22 46 -16
R Blackpool 46 12 10 24 46 -23
R Colchester 46 9 13 24 40 -42
R Crewe 46 7 13 26 34 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Port Vale Results (view all)

Port Vale Fixtures (view all)