Vale slump to yet another defeat
Vale fell to a sixth consecutive defeat when they were beaten by Luton Town at Kenilworth Road to heap more pressure on Vale boss Michael Brown, with his side rooted firmly to the foot of the table.
Vale put in another decent performance, but seldom looked like threating Marek Stech in the Luton goal and they will again point to their bad luck in conceding an own goal before half time.
When Andrew Shinnie added a second early in the second half the game was almost over from a Vale point of view as they lacked the fire power to hurt the Hatters.
Although the home side had more of the ball in the early stages of the game, Vale were far from outplayed, though they still didn’t appear to have that cutting edge.
The home side couldn’t carve out a goal scoring opportunity either for all their possession, though they did go close in the 13th minute when Andrew Shinnie stole in behind the Vale defence, but somehow failed to put his header on target.
If Vale were, as has been suggested, lacking in confidence following their recent run of defeats, then they didn’t appear to be showing it.
On the back foot for much of the time, they still fought for every ball and each and every player in a white shirt was giving their all, and pulling together in a determined manner as a team.
Vale did occasionally venture high up the pitch and at times looked dangerous, but as the away side they had to defend deep to keep the home side at bay.
Vale fell behind in the 35th minute when midfielder Ben Whitfield inadvertently put the ball into his own net, with ’keeper Sam Hornby unable to respond.
The visitors almost got themselves back in it a few minutes later when Luton ‘keeper dived high to his left to keep out a curling 25 yard free kick from Anthony de Freitas.
Vale began the second half on the front foot , pinning the home side inside their own half, but Luton broke in the 50th minute and Jack Stacey smashed the ball into the top right hand corner of the net to double Luton’s lead.
To Vale’s credit they continued to plug away, in the hope of pulling a goal back and hopefully kick-start some kind of comeback, but the quality just wasn’t there.
Dave Johnson – 6TR