Port Vale head into Saturday’s home game with Bradford in superb form. Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Barrow made it seven wins out of eight, and featured two goals from Tom Conlon, including a contender for goal of the season.
Here’s what our fans’ panel made of it.
Simon Palmer: “After witnessing 30 minutes of Barrow spoiling tactics and questionable refereeing decisions, our very own ‘Porthill Pirlo’ decided to take matters into his own hands and smash a volley from over 40 yards out past a perplexed Dixon into the Barrow net. Take a bow Tom Conlon.
“This was obviously the highlight of another bustling performance from Vale who ran out deserved winners against an opposition who concentrated more on the dark arts than the football.
“After weathering the storm for the first five minutes, Vale soon got a stranglehold of the game, Montano forcing a save before Conlon’s exquisite strike.
“A breakaway second goal from Conlon in the second half wrapped up the three points with a couple of fine Brown saves ensuring a fifth clean sheet in a row. Another immense defensive display but man of the match was surely Conlon, his displays are consistently above League Two standard. Well done lads!”
Paul Dixon: “Good performance and they didn’t rise to Barrows bullying tactics The back three were immense again but Tom Conlon stole the show with two goals and a captain’s performance. His 45-yard strike deserved better than a windy Tuesday night at Holker Street, but it will be replayed time and time again and deservedly so.”
Alex Stevenson: “A match that lacked the quality given to it by the Tom Conlon Midas touch. What a strike for his first, that would light up any super league. If it was Messi or Ronaldo it would be on show reels for the next few weeks.
“The second was a good finish too. Get him signed up on an extended contract along with Dave Worrall please?”
Richard Lockett: “A fantastic goal worthy of winning any game. Aside from Conlon’s moment of magic, it wasn’t a classic but the defence stood up brilliantly to Barrow’s “hoof ball” and physical tactics.
“A less than impressive referring display didn’t help the game as he somehow contrived to book players for trivial challenges yet let two or three pretty poor challenges go unpunished. I think he was trying to keep 11v11 which is fair enough but some of Barrow’s tackling was out of non league.
“Still, a good three points and keeps the run going. Time to get Conlon tied down to a longer contract as it would at least guarantee us a good fee if any bigger clubs come sniffing next season. If he keeps his current form up for any length of time there are bound to be suitors.”
Amber Adams: “A team that is playing with pride and passion and believe in themselves. They have strong team spirit and togetherness and have gone from a team that had no confidence, couldn’t score goals, were conceding goals and making mistakes to a team full of confidence playing with no fear and have a winning mentality thanks to Darrell Clarke who has done an incredible job.
“Tom Conlon, Captain Fantastic scored a sensational goal and needs be signed up asap to a long term contract.
“Excited for the remaining games and for the summer We finally get recruitment right in the transfer window and promotion should definitely be the aim.
” Forget Super League , We Have Super Tom Conlon , Super Darrell Clarke , Super Owners , We Are Super Port Vale.”
Scott Lingard: “Back to winning ways with a great team performance. It wasn’t a classic but to a man they worked their socks off and ground out a win.
“The three at the back were immense again. Brown pulled off a great save to keep the fifth clean sheet in a row. But man of the night was Conlon. What a strike for his first. If that had been in the Prem it would of been poured over by the pundits. Just shows there is better in the EFL than the ESL.”