Port Vale are up a place to seventh even though a late equaliser cost them two points in a 2-2 draw at home to Scunthorpe.
Our fans’ panel have their say……
Andrew Blakemore, from Denford : “Well that was desperately disappointing, but it was a point gained. We didn’t really get going after a dominant first 20 minutes, but somehow we find ourselves back in the play offs.
“I thought we came out and wanted to show why we are a team who could well cement a play-off place. But then as soon as we had scored, we invited too much pressure, allowed Scunthorpe to get back into the game and conceded two goals that were both avoidable.
“It’s frustrating as we could have opened up a gap on Colchester, but now we have another big task next weekend against an impressive Cheltenham team. We’ve beaten them once this season so why not again? But it’s always the hard way with the Vale isn’t it?”
Rob Rhead, from May Bank : “If the Vale were able to see games out we’d be challenging for automatic promotion rather than hoping to make the play offs.
“For the second time in a week the Vale give up twice-taken leads against mid-to-lower table teams.
“I had my fears about this game, as it seemed to look like a potential banana skin, but the visitors offered very little in terms of goal threat as the Vale bossed the game and deserved to go into the break more than one up.
“The number of crosses into the box would have been meat and drink to Tom Pope and it was mystifying that it took John Askey so long to bring him on. When he did, he gave Scunthorpe something else to worry about and Nathan Smith was free to score his “cheeky” goal.
“The Vale players looked heavy legged as the second half wore on, as the pitch seemed to be less than firm, and players found it difficult to keep their feet, particularly down the Lorne Street side of the pitch.
“Scunthorpe made changes to freshen things up but the Vale didn’t until too late and it cost us.”
Phil Sherwin, from Burslem : “It was a scrappy game, not helped by the wind. We’d done well to get ahead with a good goal but we seemed to let things drift a bit in the second half. “After they equalised, we got back ahead with what seemed a bit of a fortuitous goal off Nathan Smith. But having gone in the lead again I thought we would close it out. Instead they levelled again with 14 seconds left of the 90.
“Still we are back in the top seven and picked up a point more than Colchester and Plymouth who both lost, although Bradford are back in contention after winning.
“Three of the next games are against promotion contenders, Cheltenham, Bradford and Crewe. Those game will go a long way to deciding whether we make the play-offs. Overall we have done well against the top sides so if we can get a decent haul we really would be in the driving seat.
“As for this one. We’ve drawn a game, have still only lost one at home and have gone into the top seven. It’s not the end of the world.”