Port Vale are outside the play-offs on goal difference after a 2-2 draw at Walsall. Among the 2,307 travelling Vale fans were Rob Rhead, Andrew Blakemore, Paul Dixon and Phil Sherwin….
Rob Rhead , from May Bank: “The Vale got off to a lively start and deserved to take the lead when Leon Legge headed home Tom Conlon’s fantastic cross.
“The equally fantastic away supporters were still celebrating when Walsall levelled as Scott Brown failed to deal with a routine shot and the ball was driven home.
“Conditions were wet and blustery again but unlike last week the Vale failed to get to grips with them. The Vale had gone a bit flat as the game crept towards half time and they were guilty of over-playing on the edge of the home team’s area before the ball dropped to Scott Burgess whose shot too a small *cough* deflection to put the Vale ahead again.
“If we edged the first half then Walsall dominated the second from the off. Players who had performed so well in recent games were making basic errors and it cost us the lead for a second time. It only seemed a matter of time before Walsall got a winner and they should have but Scott Brown made up for his earlier error, saving when it looked certain that the Saddlers would score.
“The Vale only threatened in the last ten minutes after Amoo and Pope came on but overall I think we should be content to have earned a draw and continued the unbeaten run. I expect a number of players who were on the bench today to be in next week’s starting eleven.”
Andrew Blakemore, from Denford: “A draw was a fair result, given the way the two halves went. It was just a shame we could not have made it three wins from three on the road, especially in the last 10 minutes.
“We started well and took a deserved lead. It was disappointing to concede so soon, but thankfully we went in at half time with the lead. But this was another game of two halves, with the wind being a contributing factor. Fair play to Walsall, they came at us, had a high work rate which we found difficult to deal with, and the front two of Adebayo and Gordon caused us no end of problems. That showed, especially in the first 25 minutes after the restart.
“It just didn’t seem to click for the Vale today, but it’s yet another point gained. You win your home games and draw your away games and you are sure to be amongst it come the business end of the season. Now on to winning the next home game.”
Paul Dixon, from Bursem: “A great following from Port Vale again as we started well and took a deserved lead through skipper Leon Legge who bulleted a header home from a short corner routine.
“Walsall quickly equalised, due to an uncharacteristic mistake from Scott Brown, who fumbled and it fell nicely and was slotted home.
“The game then got messy but Vale managed to score through a slice of luck after a Burgess shot was deflected. Fair play to Walsall who came out in the second half and dominated and equalised through Gordon after poor defending.
“Then I witnessed a world class save from Brown who certainly redeemed himself. Vale fought their way back in and goal bound efforts from David Worrall and Tom Pope were cleared on the line “Throw in a definite penalty against Pope, who was hauled down, and you may think we were unlucky. But I think both sides should take credit in an entertaining game.
“Some fans were disappointed with a point. Not me, that’s for sure.
“This was a point gained. It just shows how far Port Vale have come in a very short space of time. We go again Saturday.”
Phil Sherwin, from Burslem: “This was a good point because, over the whole game, Walsall did more to win it than we did even though we went in front twice.
“It was a pity we couldn’t hold on longer to the lead after the first goal but after Walsall equalised they were just getting on top when Scott Burgess scored with the help of a deflection.
“It was looking good at that point but Walsall pinned us back for long periods in the second half. So, it was no surprise when they equalised , in fact they also could have scored when Scott Brown made a great save from what seemed a certain goal.
“Bringing on David Amoo and Tom Pope helped us and we took over again in the last ten minutes when Dave Worrall had a shot saved. So, we drop out of the top seven on goal difference but are back at Fortress Vale Park on Saturday.
“In fact, if Northampton lose 8-0 at Cheltenham on Tuesday we are back in the top seven!”