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Barry Roche column: Great to upset table toppers

Port Vale player Ryan Burge during a confrontation with Morecambe's Nick Fenton after late tackle from Jennison Myrie Willams. Picture: Mark Scott

Port Vale player Ryan Burge during a confrontation with Morecambe's Nick Fenton after late tackle from Jennison Myrie Willams. Picture: Mark Scott

Well nobody expected that result at the weekend.

Nobody except us that is!

I have to say I just love going into games where people have written us off before a ball has even been kicked.

And what I love even more is upsetting the odds just like we did.

Most people outside of our club and supporters wouldn’t have given us a chance of taking three points off the league leaders, especially on their own patch.

But we went there knowing that if we followed our game plan that has serves us very well on our more recent away outings then there was no reason why we couldn’t win the game.

It’s fair to say they we maybe rode our luck at times especially near the end when they were throwing the kitchen sink at us.

But I really feel we deserved that luck for the way the lads battled for every single ball and continuously threw their bodies in the way of anything that moved. This was typified by the Little Mexican Jack Redshaw chasing their full back all the way into our bottom corner to clear the ball.

Going to top of the table was never going to be easy and playing the last 20 minutes with 10 men made our task even harder.

The second booking for Wrighty (Andy Wright) seemed pretty soft from where I was standing considering the referee only gave their winger a yellow card for a two-footed lunge on Will (Haining) in the first half.

We didn’t seem to get very many decisions going our way on the day but I suppose that doesn’t often happen when you visit the so-called bigger clubs.

We have been on an excellent run of form lately and coming into the business end of the season it is vitally important we keep that run going.

It doesn’t always have to be pretty, just like the Aldershot win wasn’t.

It’s all about getting those points on the board by any means necessary.

 

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