Port Vale: Fans' views v Torquay
IT wasn't great by any means, but it was a much-needed three points from a game that will be forgotten in a hurry by most fans.
Both sides looked pretty average and it may well have finished goalless had Calvin Andrew not got in the way of Doug Loft's shot.
Vale were again slow to get started and seemed over-run in midfield, with some players looking nowhere near their potential.
The referee was woeful. He seemed to give bizarre decisions for both sides and had no control on the game. Ashley Vincent is out of form at the moment and doesn't seem half the player he was earlier in the season. Maybe he needs a break as he's been sadly ineffective lately.
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Supporters like to see passion from the players and no-one showed that more than Richard Duffy, who soldiered on manfully after having his head bandaged and then came up to fans after the game, fists clenched, shouting 'get in'. It shows just how much it means to them as it does to us.
THIS was a very scrappy game in which shots on target were few and far between. But if you don't shoot, you don't score and while Loft's shot took a fortunate deflection off Andrew to beat their goalkeeper, it was enough to get us back to winning ways.
Andrew and Pope worked their socks off up front while others, including Vincent, looked a long way off the pace.
Vale need to step up their game tomorrow night, when Exeter come to town.
WHILE we weren't quite firing on all cylinders, we did enough to continue our great away run.
The free-flowing football and scoring at will has been replaced by a steely determination to keep out the opposition and one goal conceded in five games is witness to the form of Chris Neal, Darren Purse and whoever partners him at centre-back.
Dan Jones continues to impress and Richard Duffy did well after sustaining a nasty head injury.
Referee Mr Hill saw very little wrong with Torquay's tackling despite various Vale players being left on the deck and instead seemed to take an instant dislike to Ryan Burge, whose booking was absolutely ridiculous.
Well done to Calvin Andrew, who linked play well. Tom Pope could do with a lucky goal like that to kick-start his season again.
IT was a welcome three points after two poor displays.
Torquay were the better team in the first half and it was a great save from Neal to keep them out early on. Our defence was excellent again. Purse has added a lot to the back four and Duffy was excellent.
I was surprised Andrew got the nod ahead of Dodds, but his confidence grew after his goal and he did well, though Pope has now gone five games without one.
If we finish the busy spell of games we have in the next three weeks in the position we're in now, then I'm sure we won't be too far away from promotion.