Port Vale ended a run of five straight defeats in some style, with a 6-3 victory at Bolton Wanderers.
Over to supporters who have been having their say..
Scott Lingard : “A very welcome result. After the last few games very few would have expected this result, least of all a Bolton team coming off the back of five wins.
“We started like a train going two up inside of nine minutes, but when Bolton pulled a goal back it suddenly felt like the wheels were about to come off. The storm weathered, we played some good stuff, and Rodney won a well earned penalty which Conlon slotted away with ease.
“In the second half, we continued where we left off with some brilliant interplay to push us 6-1 ahead. Some shaky last moments and a bit of fortune on their part gave them a couple of goals, but we saw out a comfortable win.
“Let’s be honest, no one saw this coming, but it has shown we can put on performances like this, we just need to be consistent. “There were some stand out performances from Montano and Worrall especially for me, and Rodney put their centre half under all sorts of pressure. A welcome three points and hopefully we have turned a corner. A much happier weekend ahead.”
Alex Stevenson : “I’m shocked! Where did that come from? Have the last five games been a Dallas style dream? Mickey Adams used to say that one swallow doesn’t make a summer, so whilst I will bask in the scoreline tonight, I still don’t know which Port Vale will now turn up next week?
“Who knew that releasing the shackles and letting players play, may actually get you results, it’s an easy game this isn’t it? Manny and Monty were superb and it was goals from everywhere on the pitch barring the striker. Three goals shipped and I think the break in the week for the Pizza tournament will be a good opportunity to give Scotty Brown a rest.
“Please John, take what you can from today, everything in fact that you did, bottle it and bring it to our next home game. Please prove us doubters wrong, please make us eat humble pie!”
Ian Brammer : “Well what can you say about that? I said a few weeks ago that I thought we were about to tonk somebody soon and today was that day when everything we tried came off for us.
“We made an excellent start to the game, quick goals by Manny and Legge gave us a 2-0 lead and we really should’ve been three up before Bolton scored, thanks to some good saves by Gilks, the latter being from Monty who probably should’ve scored.
“After Bolton scored we were on the back foot for a while, their left wing back getting far too much space down our right. We weathered the storm with Brown only having to make one decent save.
“Rodney was doing well against their big centre half and drew fouls out of him in the penalty area which Conlon duly dispatched.
“I expected Bolton to come out all guns blazing in the second half but instead we took them by surprise with first Monty and then Wozza scoring. Monty’s finish was sublime, a neat little chip over the keeper after a great ball by Rodney.
“Goal number six duly arrived from Smith’s head from a Worrall corner. Surely we wouldn’t give it away from here? We seemed to lose a little concentration and allowed them to score twice, Legge and Brown being culpable for each.
“We eventually saw the game out comfortably for what was a really good win against an in form team. We played very well, worked hard, and took chances when they came instead of over-playing.
“Manny was excellent as were Smith, Wozza, Monty and Rodney. A Saturday night to enjoy for once-I hope that we can use this result/performance to kick on from here and get back up the table! Well done Vale!”
Andrew Stokes : “Top performance – shame we conceded two sloppy goals in the 2nd half – we could have had a few more – it wasn’t a great November – but I personally think that we have been unlucky with a couple of last minute defeats – hope that this is a turning point.”
Rob Rhead : “A bizarre match as two teams vied to be the one with the sloppier defence. “Bolton’s season has been the opposite to ours, they started badly but then improved and had won five in a row while we were losing the same number.
“Perhaps a little complacency had kept in which allowed us to take a two-goal lead in the first ten minutes. In fact, it could have been a four-goal lead but for some terrific work by Matt Gilks in the Bolton goal.
“Any confidence that gave us was swiftly dispelled after Bolton got one back almost immediately and then went on to dominate play with their wing-backs being particularly effective.
“Thankfully the Vale stood firm and were able to counter attack to take a comfortable half-time lead. It was even more comfortable when my iFollow stream finally came back twenty minutes into the second half with the Vale having scored another three goals.
“It should have been plain sailing from there but poor defending allowed the Trotters to get two back and it was a more nervy last fifteen minutes than it needed to be.
“It may be a little churlish to say after scoring six away but the Vale are still conceding too many goals. Had Bolton got an equaliser in the first half when they were on top it might have been a very different story.”