PORT VALE ........2

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -


GET IN! Well done boys. You have done us proud. I know it’s not of­fi­cial but with a goal dif­fer­ence like ours, no­body is catch­ing us now. The Vale are up!

This wasn’t about coach­ing, tac­tics or for­ma­tions. It was about de­sire, heart and courage. Micky Adams and the lads had those things in abun­dance out there, just as they have all sea­son.

Be­fore the game I felt sick with nerves and ex­cite­ment and the at­mos­phere at kick-off was un­be­liev­able. I just hoped that the play­ers could keep calm heads and not get over­whelmed by the oc­ca­sion.

Go­ing be­hind twice had the nerves jan­gling and I really thought we were go­ing to blow it with ten min­utes left. But then up popped our old mate Lee Collins with an own goal – he’ll al­ways be a le­gend at Vale Park now!

Well played Lee lad, and well done the boys. Here’s hop­ing we don’t get beat 29-0 next week!


THIS was an ex­cel­lent point for Town that seals our play-off place but it could have been so much more.

A cruel own goal in the dy­ing stages robbed us of all three points on a day where we stood up to Port Vale in their big­gest game for 20 years. The per­for­mance was su­perb, as was Roy O'Dono­van's strike, and if we can take some mo­men­tum from this re­sult then we could be look­ing at a date at Wem­b­ley in May.

Aidy Boothroyd has done an amaz­ing job in turn­ing the team from rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates to play-off par­tic­i­pants but we must now go on and fin­ish the job.

We came to spoil the party and Clarke Carlisle put us ahead in just the third minute which flat­tened the at­mos­phere a bit and was ex­actly what we needed.

It was a shame it was an own goal from Lee Collins - a former Vale player - that cost us a great win but we can still be con­fi­dent for the next few weeks.

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