Port Vale are in 17th on a run of one win in ten after today’s 2-0 defeat at home to Barrow.
Over to our fans’ panel….
Andrew Blakemore: “That was the lowest of the low for some time. Realistically that should well be the last time John Askey manages a Port Vale team, the players looked like they didn’t want to play for him and it was summed up when the radio commentary said Leon Legge was shouting orders from the touchline whilst warming up. It was like having Michael Brown back in charge. There is one decision to be made and sadly it needs to happen sooner, rather than later.
“In 10 matches we have dropped 12 places and find ourselves eight points off the trap door. We might only find ourselves seven points from 7th place, but we look a shadow of the team that was so good in October.
“We have too many injuries at present to key members of the team, but the lack of effort from some on the field today and the distinct lack of creativity is frightening.
“2020 has been a year to forget, the 2019/20 season finishing when it did was frustrating, now I’d take it being finished now.”
Rob Rhead : “Yet again a poor, struggling team who are physically strong and capable of a little organisation are too much for the Vale.
“The first quarter of the match wasn’t too bad, the Vale had plenty of possession but created no chances. Not surprising when the midfield is devoid of creativity. Cue the customary defensive lapse, in fact a double lapse by Nathan Smith, and the visitors were ahead.
“Last week Walsall were two down at half time and took drastic action to change the game. What does Askey do? One change and tinker at the edges. Result? 2-0 down and game over.
“I realise there are players missing but that’s no excuse for the lack of effort. The side has too many nondescript players in it and the two fullbacks make me wonder how they’ve made a career as professional footballers. Except for Devante Rodney the recruitment during the last transfer window was disastrous. I’m not sure Askey should be given the chance to rectify that in January.”
Scott Lingard : “Quite possibly the worst performance I have ever seen by a Vale team. No heart, no passion and no commitment. There is something drastically wrong at the Vale at the moment. The silence from the owners is worrying.
“This looked like a team that is clearly not playing for the manager in any way. A team that has only won three games before today and has conceded goals for fun has had possibly the easiest day they have ever and are ever likely to have.
“No disrespect to Scott Quigley, who could not hit a barn door when he was a Vale player, but we made him look like a Premier League player today.
“The difference is they tried, we look simply clueless. It’s been a hard watch not being able to go to games, but if fans were in they would be making it clear to the owners that the manager has to go.
“It’s time to repay the faith and backing the fans have put into the owners and the club, and do the right thing sooner rather than later. This is now not a knee jerk reaction, it’s five points from 30 and a team in free fall. Act now to save the season.”
Alex Stevenson: “That was quite simply ten times worse than Stevenage. Not a single player other than Amoo can walk off that pitch today saying they stood up for their manager, the fans or themselves.
“I sadly think now that John Askey has lost the dressing room.
“A side third from bottom outplayed, out fought, out thought us today and we were the home team. Every single bit of the hard work that is being done by the excellent owners and their team is being undone. There are no excuses. I can’t even talk about a passage of play that we had where we looked in total control.
“Things have to change and change now before the January window, because that is our only hope off getting out of this mess.”
Ian Brammer : “This was a difficult match for Port Vale fans to watch to be honest. Granted Vale were missing several important players but you would hope that the players to a man would show passion and endeavour.
“Vale started off slowly but grew into the game, Hurst looked threatening but again there was no end product, Vale not one troubling the visiting keeper. Again, we were undone by poor defending, Smith culpable this time, he should have found row z rather than allowing Quigley to score an easy goal.
“Half time brought a change of formation but within a short space of time we were 2-0 down and right up against it.
“Only David Amoo can off the pitch with any credit whatsoever and it hurts to say that but that was the worst performance of the season. We didn’t look scoring and Barrow were poor but took their chances when they came. Where do we go from here? Some big decisions to be made this week I think.”
Steve Millward: “Shambolic – no other words for it.
No strength in depth & absences are leaving glaring holes in the side.
Worrying times ahead !”
Jack Beresford: “Worst performance of of the season Askey has to go! We’ve managed five points from 10 games, which is probably worse than relegation form! Anyone who takes the reigns has a relatively decent squad abs hopefully a transfer window to improve the side! He needs to go before it’s too late or else we’re in big trouble!”