Vale rock bottom after latest defeat
Vale slumped to the foot of League Two and consequently the whole of the Football League following a narrow defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, with a 24th minute strike form Jodi Jones proving conclusive.
Jones was allowed all the time in the world as the Vale defence stood off, allowing the Sky Blues’ top goals corer to switch from one foot to the other before firing high into the top left hand corner.
The defeat leaves Vale not only wondering when their next win will come, but also where their next goal will arrive, after five games without a single goal.
Michael Brown opted for two up top in the 4-4-2 formation called for by the fans ahead of the game, with Tyrone Barnett making his Vale debut, starting alongside Tom Pope.
Vale began the match looking organised and in good shape and they were having slightly the better of thing in the opening exchanges.
They were looking fairly comfortable, without really threatening up until the 24th minute when the home side took the lead somewhat against the run of play.
The Vale defence seemed to switch off when Coventry leading scorer Jones punished Vale in the worst possible way, putting his side in the driving seat.
Vale did go close to levelling the scores when, in first half stoppage time, Anthony Kay’s header came off the head of a home defender before crashing against the crossbar.
I lively start to the second half saw the home side go close on a couple of occasions with the Vale defence seemingly in a bit of a panic – presumably nerves kicking in.
Twelve minutes after the interval Vale were dealt a blow when goalkeeper Rob Lainton was forced off with an ankle injury and replaced in goal by Sam Hornby.
Desperate for an equaliser, Vale just didn’t do enough, but with ten minutes to go they must have finally thought their luck was in when the home side were reduced to ten men.
David Worrall had been bearing down on goal when he was taken down by Rod McDonald – a clear professional foul, for which he was promptly red-carded.
Sadly, from a Vale point of view, despite a late surge, the visitors didn’t do enough to take advantage of the situation and they trooped of to another defeat.
Dave Johnson – 6TR