Port Vale saw off Salford 1-0 thanks to Cristian Montano’s strike on 86 minutes. Here’s what Vale supporters made of the performance…
PHIL SHERWIN: “This was a great result against one of the better teams, and we had to battle very hard for it.
“We had more chances in the first half, although they had the best with the penalty saved and then the incredible miss from the rebound. They also went close with James Wilson’s header, which Scott Brown saved, but we stuck in there and won it with a great goal, finished by Cristian Montano.
“We know he’s got the talent to do that, he’s done it before for us when he plays in those forward positions.
“Our defence was very strong again and Theo Robinson made a difference when he came on.
“So, onto Cambridge on Tuesday when it will be us, with the best defensive record in the league, against them with the best attack.”
ANDREW BLAKEMORE: “That was a very much needed three points. It didn’t matter how it came, I would have taken an own goal or a ball trickling over the line, we just had to win.
“The change of formation was obviously going to happen after how open Vale were last week. But as much as we had chances today it did feel like it would be another one of those afternoons in front of the goal.
“The chances came and went, then a Salford penalty that was all but going to cement this game, thankfully Ian Henderson’s penalty was so comfortable for Scott Brown, then the follow up would have nearly ended up in my seat in Bycars.
“Then our best move of the game got us our first goal, a good cross, an even better header down from Worrall, then the half-volley from Montano ensured we got that elusive goal. It was such a sigh of relief in my household that’s for sure.
“A good job done, as we finally get back to winning ways, it wasn’t pretty, but we got the result that we needed.”
ROB RHEAD: “The Vale looked far more comfortable at the back and in midfield with the return of Smith, Joyce and Conlon, but it was in the final third that lacked something in the first half.
“The Vale had started tentatively and had done reasonably well but it wasn’t until the mid-point of the half until there was a serious threat. In the space of five minutes Montaño, Smith and Whitehead had chances to give us the lead but apart from that there was little offered.
“Salford should have had a half-time lead after Leon Legge had brought down Henderson whose subsequent penalty was well saved by Scott Brown who was then helpless as Henderson put the ball over the bar.
“Brown was also called upon to save a header from Wilson in Salford’s only close range effort.
“The superb finish by Montaño for Vale’s winner shouldn’t paper over the cracks in this performance in which the visitors had 60% of the possession. You might say that the Vale were up against a fancied team but I thought we were supposed to be fancied, too.
“There is something lacking in the final third, be it application or quality, that needs urgent attention.”
MARK WIGHTMAN: “Much better than the last few weeks but not that surprising in my opinion, we’re more than capable of beating the top teams in the league. The way we set up suits us against teams that want to have a go.
“I still think we are going to struggle against any teams that defend against us, we just don’t have enough creativity in the middle without a fully fit Manny.”
KEVIN STANYER: “Much improvement on last week. Vale were defensively awesome against a much fancied team. Midfield busy and able to create a few half chances that simply lacked quality finishing. I think one-nil may be our most likely winning score line this season. Our Cambridge encounter could be a classic match.”
THOMAS SHIPLEY: “Brilliant goal by Monty.
“Defensively I thought we were solid, Browny pulled off a couple of good saves and Mitch Clark was excellent as always. Tough game on Tuesday, I would keep the same side that we started with today, but bring in Burgess for Whitehead.”
IAN BRAMMER: “In a way, reverse of last week, ie, penalty miss/ chances. We defended well, especially Clark/Fitzpatrick. We created a few chances, should’ve done better with one or two.
“I always hate playing against a team that have just sacked their manager, they seem to up it by at least 10% and Salford played well, you’d expect them to be up there at the end of the season.
“That’s two goals conceded so far so defensively we look ok. Yes, we need to score more, it’ll come. Good result, better performance, still work to do.”
CRAIG DAVIES: “Great watch. Our shape was much better and Monty and Dave Worrall provided good protection to the full backs. Robinson made the difference when he came on, held the ball well and a great cross for the goal.
“Brown was MOM, he has to be the best goalkeeper in the division and the partnership of Legge and Smith = clean sheet.”