Woeful Vale See Play-offs Looming
It has to be said that good reporters observe the event with a view to delivering a positive write up. However, if the events dictate that this cannot be the case, very good reporters document what they see anyway, no matter if there is pressure on them to do the contrary.
Then when others start to identify with what that reporter documents, we start to engage with a strange phenomena called the truth.
The Truth is Port Vale were dismal against Southend. They were devoid of any idea how to play football and a result, have found themselves in a position where they may not even make the play-offs (the irony being that if Southend who are just outside the play-off places win their game in hand, they will be only seven points behind Port Vale).
If someone was to have said this only four weeks they would be classed as a 'Cheddleton Case,' so what has gone wrong in such a short space of time?
Have Port Vale been misplaced as second in League 2 for the majority of the season? If so, how could this be?
One thing that is known is that the Vale display against Southend was not that much different to the one witnessed in September 2011 against Shrewsbury Town. That game was characterised by the long ball and slapstick pass work.
This can only lay the blame squarely at the door of manager Micky Adams. Is he the right man to take Port Vale into this new era?
Talking of new eras enter Vale owner Paul Wildes. If he is really interested in getting bums on seats maybe it's time not just to invest in a few new players but to see how his customers fare by sitting on the dirty dusty seats in the Bycars himself on a damp and freezing March afternoon (the dust actually rubs off onto your clothes).
Then he will truly identify with the supporters.
Yes, there's still a lot of work to be done at Vale Park.