Port Vale: Fans' view v Barnet
WIN your home games, draw your away games and promotion is all but guaranteed.
This wasn't pretty, but we gained another valuable point in our quest for League One football next season.
The game itself seemed to be run by Edgar Davids. Even at his age he still oozes class, simple but effective, by far the stand-out player on the pitch.
For Vale it seemed another game where we were overran in midfield, but thankfully Adams saw this and introduced Morsy in the second half.
I would have started with him and dropped one of the wide men. Underhill is a tight and horrible pitch and a five-man midfield would have been better.
As much as Vincent and Myrie-Williams have performed extremely well this season, their other responsibilities of tracking back leaves something to be desired.
We look too exposed at times and it puts extra strain on the defence and the ever-reliable Loft and Burge in the middle, who never stop working.
Still, we take confidence from another clean sheet, now three on the trot.
THIS was a hard-earned point for Vale as there were a number of players who simply didn't turn up. The wingers need to work hard when they haven't got the ball.
The team seemed to think because we are top and Barnet are at the bottom then all they had to do was turn up and they would go home with the three points.
Davids ran their midfield and Vale didn't get on top of the game until he was substituted late in the second half.
Pope had a good attempt on goal, but it hit the woodwork, enabling Barnet to clear their lines. But that was the closest we came on a day that will not live long in the memory.
IT was a poor game from our point of view, but it was another point in the bank nonetheless.
Some of the fans near me were disgruntled with our performance, but you can't beat teams 3-0 every week.
There are no particularly awful teams in the division this season, as Barnet proved, so I was happy enough in the end to take a draw.
We're still in a great position of course and, with 15 games to go, time is starting to run out on those who need to catch us up.
Things are still looking very good.
A LACKLUSTRE performance by the Vale who looked to be suffering the after-effects of two games in four days on the heavy Vale Park pitch. Edgar Davids ran the show in midfield for Barnet and was head and shoulders above anyone else on the pitch.
Fortunately many of Barnet's attacks petered out as a result of a misplaced pass (not by Davids of course) or a wayward shot. Those that didn't, found Chris Neal in good form as the back five made it three clean sheets in three matches.
The introduction of Sam Morsy for the ineffectual Hughes (who didn't even complete his customary hour) tightened up the midfield and Vale showed some attacking intention towards the end of the game.