Three points there for the taking against struggling Dons

It’s crunch-time then. A must-win game in the eyes of most of us at home tomorrow against struggling Wimbledon.

We’ll be told no games are easy and that the Dons are ‘scrapping for their lives’ near the foot of the table.

Spin it anyway you want to: It’s three points for the taking in my eyes – especially has Micky Adams has a pretty much full-strength squad to choose from.

Our form over the last five or six weeks certainly hasn’t matched the blistering start we made to the start of the season.

Injuries and suspensions have played their part, for sure, but it is also fair to say that a few key players have been somewhat below par.

They include wingers Ashley Vincent and Jennison Myrie-Williams who will doubtless be champing at the bit to feed the Pope and get back on the score sheet tomorrow.

Over the course of a season very few players are able to maintain the same levels of enthusiasm and performance. (The Sneyd Green Pontiff being the obvious exception to that rule at the moment).

Hopefully the gaffer will simply point at the league table before kick off and show anyone who may be feeling a little low on confidence our goal difference of plus 21.

I was delighted to see Louis Dodds back in the team last weekend – especially when he repaid the manager’s faith with a goal which earned us a terrific point away at Cheltenham.

If you go back to the start of the season it was the partnership of Pope and Dodds, supported by the rampant wingers, which got us off to a flyer and it is good to see us returning to that formula.

The centre of the park remains a concern to me, however, because I feel we miss Doug Loft’s energy and all-round play when he is stuck as make-shift left back.

Wherever Lofty plays, however, we’ve surely got enough quality and creativity to turn over tomorrow’s visitors.

As an aside, there’s been much speculation over whether or not John Rudge may return to Vale Park in some capacity once his contract expires at Stoke City in June.

Very sensibly, Rudgie refused to be drawn on such questions when he rang me earlier this week.

I reckon whatever the future holds for the great man, his legacy as a true great of Potteries football is secured and I’m sure there will always be a warm welcome for him in Burslem.

Read my Port Vale articles in The Sentinel every Friday during the season

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