‘Only one side looked like they could win it’ – Port Vale fans on Cheltenham draw


Phil Sherwin, from Burslem:  “Overall I thought they played very well. We were the only side that looked like winning it, in fact in the second half Cheltenham looked happy with a draw rather than a team pushing to get into the top three.

“We played some good stuff so this was a decent performance, especially considering Cheltenham had won their last six at home, and last five home and away.

“We have gained on Northampton and Bradford who both lost, so not a bad set of results. Colchester won, but we can’t have everything. When you are at the top end of the table, the teams around you will win most weeks.

“Mitch Clark came in and had a decent game, and the defence wasn’t troubled that much. Going forward, Mark Cullen was unlucky to hit the bar, then we had hard luck when the referee gave us a penalty, then changed the decision after speaking to the linesman on the far side.

“But we played well and looked like we would win. It sets us up for the two home games, Crawley and Bradford.

“We just have to beat Crawley on Saturday, it doesn’t matter if it’s an awful performance, we just need to win.”

Paul Dixon, from Burslem : “A dominant Port Vale display left me wondering how we didn’t walk away with all three points.

“Gibbons and Clark were excellent throughout, stifling their 3-5-2 system. Cullen was unlucky with a header then what we thought was a stonewall penalty was, unbelievably, waved away after being given by the ref.

“Worse was to follow in the second half when Conlon was hauled down but again it was waved away.

“Were Cheltenham awful ? No. I thought Port Vale had found them out and Cheltenham would be delighted with a point .

Port Vale flags in the far corner of the away end at Cheltenham

“Scott Brown barely had a save to make. The referee was completely out of his depth and clearly unfit. There will be many twists and turns to come in the run in so strap yourselves in for the last nine games. Port Vale are going to need you. Enjoy the ride Vale fans.”

Rob Rhead, from May Bank : “I’m not sure if this was two points lost or one point gained.

“The Vale certainly did enough to win the match but could easily have lost it, particularly when you take the erratic behaviour of referee Scott Duncan into the mix.

“Apparently this was his first match in charge for almost a year. It makes you wonder what he had to do to prove he was still up to it.

“Cheltenham were adept at going to ground under the slightest pressure, and the free-kick count shows that but the Vale tried to stay in their feet which worked against them.

“I didn’t think the tackle on Mitch Clarke was a penalty but Mr. Duncan was persuaded to consult his assistant and the decision was overturned. Did the assistant signal a corner? I believe that the referee changed his mind and saved face by speaking to his assistant before awarding a corner. I thought there was a better shout for a penalty in the second half.”

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