A change is better than a rest for our lads

One of the things I admire most about Micky Adams is his willingness to make changes when things aren’t going our way.
Of course, he threw down a marker by famously putting the entire squad on the transfer list when we were badly beaten by Notts County.
Some people considered that little more than a publicity stunt but the gaffer’s gamble soon paid dividends and results picked up.
The indifferent start we’ve made to this campaign has been largely down to poor defensive form.
A back line which had built up a reputation for being miserly suddenly started giving goals away and lads who were outstanding at times last season started to look distinctly average.
That’s when Micky rang the changes and brought in a couple of old heads to shore up the defence.
Once again he proved there are no sacred cows – dropping the likes of Sir Stanley Matthews Vale Player of the Year Adam Yates and crowd favourite John McCombe.
If nothing else this reinforces the approach that no player and no position is 100 per cent secure and this Vale squad responds to this kind of stick.
It seems like there’s nothing like a little competition for places or a stint in the reserves to make our under-performing players sharpen up their acts.
We are now six points off the top and handily placed for a tilt at promotion.
What’s more, there’s a feeling about the place that we have no-one to fear in this division – mainly because we work damned hard and are scoring a lot more goals these days.
The work ethic of the likes of Tom Pope and the Duracell battery that is Griff is the hallmark of this Micky Adams team.
The fact we have started to score goals from all over the park rather than relying on Marc Richards is starting to give me confidence that we will finish in the top seven this year – even if we don’t gain automatic promotion.
How nice it is too that hostilities have temporarily ceased and a few more fans are now turning up for home games.
This week, members of the committee of the official Supporters’ Club even met with Chief Executive Perry Deakin and potential director Peter Miller to discuss – among other things – the offer of having a supporter-elected director on the board.
This organisation can give us all a voice and I would urge every single Vale fan to join by going to http://www.portvalesupportersclub.org and filling in the online application form – especially as it won’t cost you a penny.

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