Port Vale are out of the Papa John’s Trophy after a 2-0 defeat at Sunderland.
Vale fans have their say after watching a side with seven changes go out in the last 16.
Scott Lingard : “Tough one with so many changes. It’s a shame as it’s a chance to go to Wembley and it’s not a fans’ favourite, but it’s always a second string team that’s put out by both teams.
“We battled on in the first half but created very little, and went behind after losing the ball in midfield and some lapse defending. “The second half wasn’t much better apart from getting to see Jake Taylor make a return to the team. Hopefully good things to come with his return. He seemed to inspire us to be a bit quicker to the ball.
“I thought on Saturday we closed Grimsby down quicker, although these are a much better team. Unlucky to concede a second late on. Shame to go out, but it’s the league we need to focus on.”
Dave Mannion: “Poor first half, we never looked like we were giving it a go until 65 mins!
“I knew quality-wise there would have been a bit of difference but they never seemed to get out of first gear and we didn’t encourage them to. A real shame to go out with a whimper!
“We didn’t offer too much, nor give a very good account of ourselves. No-one stood out and I wouldn’t lose any sleep if a couple don’t appear in a Vale shirt again – if ever there was a time for us not to be carrying players this is it. We barely put four or five passes together, made runs and their keeper may as well have taken a chair with him.
“All focus on the league now and I’d like to see Brisley back in, with Taylor starting alongside Joyce and Conlon. Pressure’s definitely on for the next 5 league games!”
Alex Stevenson: “Spirited but undone by a better Sunderland side on the night. I don’t think we were disgraced despite what social media tells you.
“Hopefully Danny will have learned a few lessons on some of his players tonight and that in the next couple of weeks we will see movement in and out of this current squad.
“Players have been given a chance to redeem their reputations, some took it some didn’t.
“The loss of Hurst is a big blow but hopefully it’s not a long injury! Shame as he’s been a shining light recently. Hopefully a real strong team and bench for Saturday, with Taylor, Joyce, Conlon, Amoo, Worrall, Montano all in contention.
“I thought Cullen looked sharp when he came on too so up front looks ok, hopefully Pope’s shoulder isn’t too bad either.”
Phil Myatt : “Second half much better in terms of application and putting a challenge in, but overall the first half was poor and Sunderland were so superb with the ball and movement so they deservedly go through.
“For their first goal Smith yet again was extremely poor, nowhere near his man in dreamland.
“For the second, we were trying create something to take it to pens. Poor from Visser but stonewall all the same.”