Martin Tideswell: Morsy madness leaves Vale in need of help to maintain promotion push
IT'S hard to be too critical of Sam Morsy, even though his moment of madness cost us three points in mid-week.
As a young lad who has come through the ranks, Sam, right, has established himself as the new enforcer following Anthony Griffith's departure.
In that role he will always run the risk of picking up bookings and suspensions as so much of his game is physical and relies on his ability to time tackles and break-up play.
As Sam gains experience his mistakes will be fewer and he won't experience a rush of blood to the head quite so often as he seems to do now.
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Hopefully, he learned a valuable lesson on Tuesday against Rochdale – a team, it has to be said, who won't win any prizes for sportsmanship this season.
Sam's ban serves to underline how thin our squad is and how injuries and suspensions could play a major role in our ability to sustain a promotion push.
The addition of former Shrewsbury midfielder Sean McAllister to the squad is a boost, but the truth is we will all breathe a lot easier when the transfer embargo is lifted.
Everything is now finely-balanced and, given a fair wind, Port Vale's fortunes could improve dramatically in the next 10 days.
As I write , the Football League have everything they need to approve the takeover of Port Vale by Paul Wildes and Norman Smurthwaite.
As usual, we are playing a waiting game – but at least this time we know it's not the preferred bidders who are holding things up.
In the wake of shenanigans at other clubs in recent years and the Keith Ryder debacle, you can understand why the Football League are taking their time to make sure the new men are fit and proper owners.
Fingers crossed their lawyers do the paperwork in time for the unveiling of the Sproson statue next Saturday – which will make the home game against York a double celebration.
Make no mistake, the preferred-bidders are already in-situ – making changes and making plans and listening to what supporters have to say.
Eagle-eyed fans only have to look for the broken clock in the Lorne Street Stand, which has vanished, to know times are changing at Vale Park.