The Opposition View - Port Vale
Following yesterday's 3-2 win at Port Vale, here are some thoughts on the game from the Valiants' manager Michael Brown and a selection of their fans.
"It was there for all to see," said Brown speaking to The Stoke Sentinel
"If you give a goal away on one-and-a-half minutes followed by a couple more close by, you are always up against it."
"Just as you try to find your feet, you concede again and again so you give them a massive lift."
"Wycombe certainly raised their game at 3-0 and it was difficult for us to come back into it," he said.
"We were going to make two changes at half-time but we wanted to see what character the players have. We felt like they had to go back out to see if they had a reaction."
The Vale fans acknowledged the Chairboys' dominance on the day.
The following extracts are taken from one vale fan, port vale online & twitter.
Robbie Earl's Perm wrote:
"They had far more heart, desire, fitness, ball playing skills and awareness than we did."
Bea Smith wrote:
"This is what happens when a team that has played together for a couple of years and signed only two new players, combines to use their knowledge of each other's movement, formation and style of play to demolish a new team. Wycombe will be in the top six."
"Wow, that was dreadful. Don't let the two late goals gloss over one of the worst performances I've seen in 30 years. We simply hadn't got a clue. We couldn't complete a pass or tackle and the positioning and tactical awareness was alarmingly poor. Even at 0-3 Gareth Ainsworth was screaming and bouncing up and down on the touchline, whilst Brown and Morgan stood there like a Burton's window display."
Vital spark wrote:
"First time I've seen dozens of fans leaving after 24 minutes."
"The last 2 minutes were down to Wycombe taking their foot off the gas. We deserved 0 from that game. Special mention to Akinfenwa who is always a good laugh. Two cracking goals and he's actually not a bad footballer. Absolutely ravaged our back line today."
"Akinfenwa showed Pope up today in how to play the target man role."
"The most flattering 3-2 I've ever seen. Akinfenwa might have the mobility of an oil rig and the girth of an over stuffed line-backer, but he knows where the effing goal is and has a good touch. Not sure why he was getting booed. Best performance by a player who only walked during the game I've seen for a while."
"Straight away you could see that there was no plan to deal with Akinfewa at all, Smith was left with him and got bullied all game."
Mr Vale wrote:
"They were a very physical side who did their homework and we just didn't turn up. I thought their keeper was a cheating **** who should have had two yellows, and about 45 minutes added on for the amount of time they were wasting. Useless officials again."
"We were second best in every department apart from time wasting. I'm glad we got the two goals to make it look a little less embarrassing, but to be fair, Wycombe took their foot off the gas as soon as they came out for the second half and with only 5 minutes to go probably felt the game was won."
"Men against boys. One a well drilled side who would run through a brick wall similar to their manager, and the other team a team of strangers"
"Fair play to Wycombe, miles better than us & pressed us to death. Would've been a robbery if we'd equalised!"
Andy Connor wrote:
"Brown has to go! Ainsworth in, whatever the cost,"
Next Game: Wycombe v Notts County - Sat 19th August - 3.00pm