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The Opposition View - Port Vale

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."

Bluedevil wrote:
"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."

Hagrid wrote:
"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."

TylerB wrote:
"Akinfenwa showed Pope up today in how to play the target man role."

ToyayW wrote:
"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."

Mattholl wrote:
"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."

glenpvc wrote:
"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."

paulvaliant wrote:
"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"

@askey84 wrote:
"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

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday August 13 2017
Time: 12:43AM

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