A defeat to Port Vale was a result very much to be expected in all honesty, although the three mistakes that led to the goals were frustrating. Without naming names, the players concerned know who they are after all; The Silkmen had some promising spells, though again failed to take our chances.
Said a philosophical Simmo
‘Port Vale are a big, strong side and they’re always going to be a handful but really apart from three sloppy goals for which we were defensively very poor they created very little. If we’d played hoof-ball like they did then I would have been shouted out from the stands but because they’ve got three goals they can get away with it. We were caught cold for the first one when Isaac Reid lost Sean Rigg and the other goals were down to mistakes.
On the finishing issue Simmo somewhat realistically summarises thus.
‘I don’t enjoy being shouted out from the stand but they’ve got to remember that if you can pay £2,000 a week for a striker, you’re going to get better results. We’ve got to get untried and untested players and give them a go at this level. That’s all we can afford and we certainly need the fans to get behind us.’