However, after the euphoria of Friday night’s unforgettable 7 – 1 drubbing of promotion rivals Burton, I got my hopes up for the Aldershot game and saw us taking all six.
As it turned out the atmosphere on Tuesday was tense, the performance forgettable for the most part, and the officials indescribably awful.
I’m just about getting over the feeling of deflation as I left the ground.
It was the classic banana skin and a draw was probably a fair result in terms of chances created – albeit the visitors were gifted their goal by dint of the fact that the linesman and referee failed to spot Darren Purse being shoved to the ground.
They say it’s swings and roundabouts when it comes to decisions going for and against you during the season.
On that basis, after 90 minutes of Tom Pope being climbed all over and the referee giving the visitors everything and tolerating their play-acting, I’d say Vale are due a few.
With hindsight, it was more important that we beat Burton as that game was the proverbial six-pointer.
We’ve been fortunate in recent weeks that results have gone for us and that’s why we have a five-point cushion.
But there can be no complacency. A win tomorrow away to a team that have nowt but pride to play for could seal a remarkable promotion.
Vale’s terrific, noisy away following will probably be similar in number to Rochdale’s home support and that could well set the lads up for a famous result.
We’re unbeaten in five and with the Pontiff, Lee Hughes and Jennison Myrie-Williams in the team I’d like to think there’s enough firepower to see us over the line.
As anyone who follows Vale knows, we seldom do things the easy way and they team historically has a habit of putting supporters through the mill emotionally.
This season has been no exception but we just need to hold our nerve, stick together and finish the job.
If we do and Vale go up automatically to League One it will be genuine Roy of the Rovers stuff.
Think about it: A club that started the season penniless and in administration and was rescued by its supporters is fired to promotion by a life-long Vale fan from Sneyd Green.
We’ll be dancing on the streets of Burslem.
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