Port Vale player ratings at Cheltenham after third straight defeat



CHELTENHAM 3 (May, 14, Brown og 18, Sercombe, 18)

PORT VALE 2 (Swan, 83, Hurst, 85)

POSSESSION

CHELTENHAM 54%

PORT VALE 46%

GOAL ATTEMPTS

CHELTENHAM 11 (5 on target)

PORT VALE 12 (6 on target)

CORNERS

CHELTENHAM 7

PORT VALE 6

FOULS

CHELTENHAM 7

PORT VALE 12

REFEREE

Robert Lewis 7

CARD WATCH

Yellow:

Cheltenham: None

Port Vale. Guthrie (foul, 65), Crookes (foul, 74)

Red:

PORT VALE

BROWN: Awful mistake for the opener as his hesitation allowed May through. The own goal was just bad luck and he made a fine save to deny Hussey 4

MILLS: Vale are going to need him with Gibbons out for several weeks with a hamstring injury. Steady and far from the worst performer 5.5

LEGGE: Defended set pieces and Tozer’s long throws well 5.5

SMITH: Arguably Vale’s best starter despite the team’s unconvincing defensive performance 6

CROOKES: Moved across to left back as Vale played a back four rather than 3-5-2. Did okay but beaten at the back post for the header down that led to the second goal 5.5

JOYCE: Back to his usual midfield holding role in the 4-3-3 before partnering Conlon in the midfield two after the substitutions 5

TAYLOR: Threatened with a second half effort well saved but that apart wasn’t in the game enough 5

CONLON: Going through a poor run of form over the last few games. We know he’s better than this 5

RODNEY: Started wide in a front three but didn’t threaten a huge amount until the closing stages 5

GUTHRIE: Maybe low on confidence because he just didn’t threaten 5

HURST: Started wide right of the front three. Alert to pounce for Vale’s second goal, his first in the league. 5.5

SUBS

SWAN (Guthrie, 68): May well have played his way into Tuesday’s starting line up. Came on mid-way through the half, scored Vale’s first and played a major part in the second 7

ROBINSON (Taylor, 68): Vale improved after the substitutions. Got on the end of Swan’s cross but was denied by the keeper before Hurst scored from the rebound. 5.5

Not used: Cullen, Brisley, Whitehead, Scott, Olagunji.

CHELTENHAM: Griffiths, Long, Hussey, Tozer, Raglan, Thomas, Smith (Vassilev, 80), May (Williams, 80), Blair, Azaz (Sercombe, 62), Wright.

Subs: Flinders, Freestone, Horton, Chamberlain.





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