‘I’m embarrassed’ – Port Vale fans on FA Cup defeat at home to King’s Lynn



Rob Rhead : “No excuses. This was arguably the Vale’s strongest starting eleven and they put in a dreadful performance.

“Credit to the visitors for sticking to their game plan of getting plenty of players behind the ball and hitting with pace on the break but the Vale played into their hands.

“The midfield passing was sloppy, particularly in the first half, and Leon Legge was beaten in a foot race time and again. The balls into the box often hit the first defender as no-one emerged with any credit. There were a couple of half chances and Worrall was unlucky to have his goal chalked off for offside but it was just not good enough.

“The Vale had more possession in the second half but were just half-soaked. In order to get something from the game John Askey threw additional attacking players on at the expense of midfielders which just disrupted what meagre supply there had been.”

Andrew Blakemore : “Well, we seem to be made to suffer. It’s our lot in life. Never more apt a quote than when watching Port Vale in the FA Cup against non-league opposition. That was up there with some of the worst results we have had in this competition. Never have we dominated a game so much to find ourselves come away with nothing, I’m embarrassed.

“The game was poor for the first half an hour then we took a foothold and it seemed only a matter of time until we scored. But the statistics sum it up. Kings Lynn had one shot on goal and it went in. It was scripted, for all our possession, shots and corners, the Vale fan in all of us knew what was coming.

“I can’t take any positives from today, we’ve lost a game we shouldn’t have, we’ve missed out on some much-needed prize money, along with the chance of a round two match that could give us more. I suppose on days like today it’s a blessing that fans are not able to attend matches.”

Phil Sherwin : “This was the sort of result that brings you right back down to earth. You should never lose at home to a non-league side, but we didn’t do enough to win.

“They didn’t really do enough either, it should have been 0-0 but just as I was thinking we were going to extra time and penalties, they popped up with a winner. Fair play to them, they battled hard.

“This is just so disappointing. There was money to be made from this competition, although nowhere near as much as from last season as there are no fans.

“We fielded the strongest side we could have but they just didn’t do enough. Amoo was our best player, Clark had a good game as well, and so did Smith. But there was nothing else to write home about.

“If we beat Tranmere in the league on Saturday this will soon be forgotten about.”

Ian Brammer: “Extremely disappointing to go out at the first hurdle against a non-league side. For the first 30-35 minutes there was really not much difference between the two sides.

“Vale stepped it up and started to play a bit better, Amoo causing plenty of problems down the right. We started the second half in similar fashion, plenty of possession, lots of crosses into the box but no end product.

The writing was on the wall when Worrall goal was disallowed for offside. Their goal was a defensive calamity, Legge, Crookes and Smith should have done better. 17 shots and 11 on target to their 3 shots says it all. We couldn’t score. Brown didn’t have a save to make, their keeper pulled off a couple of good saves. Too many players had an off day today, For me, only Clark and Amoo emerged with any credit and played to somewhere near their best. Not the end of the world but very disappointing.”

Andy Parkes: “Considering the performances over the last three league games this one was way off, with the chances we had it should have been put to bed but not, they had one and made it count good luck to them in the next round.”

Scott Challinor: “Magic of the FA Cup, simple as that. Didn’t finish our chances and were hit with a sucker punch. We were lacklustre first half and dominated proceedings in the second and on another day, we probably win that 5-0. Can’t dwell on it, it’s the FA Cup and miracles happen. Grand scheme of things they’re a league below so it isn’t the worst upset we’ve been on the end of. We had our dose of cup magic last year, and notably we dropped a few key points in the run up to Man City a year ago. Time to take our frustration out on Tranmere now and focus on priority one: promotion.”

Alex Stevenson: “Played like this was a walk in the park. Apologies if anyone disagrees with this but that was unprofessional and disrespectful, they got what they deserved well done Kings Lynn they did their homework and deserved the win.





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