Vale face League newcomers in must-win fixture

Vale face League newcomers in must-win fixture

Saturday’s home fixture against Forest Green Rovers is a massive game for the club and also for the manager, Michael Brown and his backroom staff.

After six games without registering a point and a distinct lack of goals, the pressure is on and with the supporters understandably getting increasingly frustrated, that only adds to the feeling of almost despair.

At Kenilworth Road on Tuesday evening following another Vale defeat, the Vale boss stated that this weekend his side would get the win they desperately need.

That may or not be the case, it remains to be seen, but anything less and the bad feeling amongst the fans will only increase.

One suspects that even a win will not appease some – a win followed by half a dozen more positive results would probably go some way to doing that.

Let’s be perfectly honest, Vale did suffer some bad luck against Luton Town in midweek. Vale played well and had they had more of a cutting edge could well have got something out of the game.

A rather unfortunate own goal contributed to their downfall along with a second goal that you could argue was meant as a cross, though to be honest, either way, Sam Hornby ought to have done better in dealing with it.

Result apart, and let’s face it that is the only thing that matters really, Vale’s general play was pleasing to watch and you can see where the manager is coming from when he says he believes a win is imminent.

But all of the talking means absolutely nothing Brown’s side don’t do the business. With Forest Green sitting two places above bottom-of-the table Vale, they can’t contemplate a defeat.

Even a draw would see one of the visitors keep a two-point advantage over the home side, in a game the fans will insist they ought to be able to win if they are ever going to escape their current plight.

Midfielder Michael Tonge is available for selection once again after sitting out a three-match ban following his harsh sending off during the home defeat to Crewe Alexandra recently and goalkeeper Rob Lainton is expected to be out for a couple of months.

Dave Johnson – 6TR