Vale fans still hopeful ahead of away match against Chesterfield
We recently asked a selection of die-hard Vale supporters their opinions on things Vale-related.
Dan Beech, from Burslem, is a Vale fan of 30 years and has assumed many roles at the club, including ball boy and programme seller.
Eddie Jackson, from Oakhill, has followed the club man and boy and still attends all Port Vale games, home and away. He has also been a programme contributor and proof reader.
Nicki Jones, from Baddeley Green, is a life-long fan who has worked in the media department and other departments at the club on a voluntary basis.
Pete Lawton, from Sneyd Green, is a life-long fan and is a former Commercial Manager at Port Vale, having more than one spell at the club.
Vale just didn’t turn up for their opening home game last weekend. They didn’t seem to get started until very late on in the game. What went wrong?
Dan: Conceding and early goal and poor marking plus there is a massive question mark over Wilson. He does not seem to be the player describe by his former team’s fans. I would recall Yates and drop Wilson to the bench.
Eddie: Vale started very slowly while Wycombe were quickly out of the blocks. This continued until about the last ten minutes.
Nicki: We were outplayed by Wycombe in every department and the final score didn’t reflect how poor we were. I thought that the midfield was particularly weak but every area needs to improve dramatically and quickly.
Pete: A new team not yet gelled together concede an early goal to a team that have been together for a couple of seasons, only one winner really, as was proved. Disappointing, but inevitable.
What positives, if any, can be taken out of the Wycombe defeat?
Dan: Dan Turner is a massive plus, gives the team great energy and good to see him get another goal. Denton and Whitfield look to be quality players as well.
Eddie: Just the performances of a few individuals, most notably Turner and Whitfield.
Nicki: The positives for me were the substitutes – all brought some much-needed energy to the game. It was great to see Dan Turner score again and what a goal by Ben Whitfield, surely a contender for goal of the season already.
Pete: NONE !!! Lets hope it was just a bad day at the office and a reality check even this early in the season.
Any optimism gleamed from the opening day win against Crawley seems to have gone out of the window. Can we expect Vale to turn things around or are we in for a disappointing season?
Dan: Depends on if Brown manages to get a few more players in, a centre midfielder who can drive at defenses is a must.
Eddie: Before a ball was kicked I thought Brown had managed to put together a decent squad and I think there will be improvement.
Nicki: For me, it’s far too early to write off the rest of the season already. I’m still confident that we can turn things around. It’s just so disappointing that it was such a poor performance for the first home game of the season.
Pete: Far too early to judge, as I’ve said before, let’s see how we look ten games into the season.
Even before the Wycombe fixture, Michael Brown said he needs several new faces in his squad. How difficult will it be for him to bring quality players in?
Dan: It looks extremely difficult to recruit a good standard of player, it was reported in the press that he missed out on 2 last week. He can see that there are areas that need to be improved so he has a little over 2 weeks to convince players it is the right club.
Eddie: Quality players are unlikely but we might bring in players who can at least improve the squad.
Nicki: We saw that he missed out on a couple of signings last week so I think it’s going to be very difficult for Michael Brown to bring quality players in. The injuries are already mounting up and we still need cover in most areas. Let’s hope his contacts in the game can help out.
Pete: This is the reality of being in the “Fourth Division” and as harsh as it may seem, Brownie and his Management Team have to now earn their corn, which I’m sure they will.
What would be your starting Xl to face Chesterfield this weekend?
Dan: Hornby, Yates (after recall) Smith, Kay, Denton, Whitfield, Tonge, Harness, De Freitas, Pope, Turner
Eddie: Assuming no new additions and no further injuries I would go with Hornby, Gibbons, Smith, Kay, Denton, Whitfield, Tonge, De Freitas, Harness, Pope, Turner.
Nicki: Hornby, Wilson, Smith, Kay, Denton, Whitfield, Tonge, Harness, De Freitas, Pope, Turner
Pete: Hornby, Wilson, Kay, Smith, Denton, Harness, Tonge, de Freitas, Reeves, Turner, Pope.
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