Match report: Port Vale 2, York City 2

York Press: Jamie Reed, who rescued a point for City at Port Vale, has another blast at goal. Picture: Gordon Clayton Jamie Reed, who rescued a point for City at Port Vale, has another blast at goal. Picture: Gordon Clayton

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SPORTING a handlebar moustache that would be the envy of the meanest of Mexican bandits, Jamie Reed once more proved how deadly he can be when he pulls the trigger in front of goal.

Reed is enjoying Movember more than most at York City and not just because of his impressive display of upper-lip manliness.

The 25-year-old scored his fourth goal of what has become the hairiest month in the football calendar when he pounced for an 88th-minute equaliser during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at high-flying Port Vale.

Having bemoaned his team’s failure to kill opponents off on occasions this season, Minstermen boss Gary Mills decided the time was right to hand Reed his second start of the campaign and kept him on the pitch for a full 90 minutes for the first time since March.

He was recalled somewhat surprisingly at the expense of previously ever-present attacking spearhead Jason Walker and, determined to shed his “super-sub” and “impact player” labels, the former Bangor City forward responded with a performance that will make him difficult to leave out when Mills ponders his first XI for next weekend’s home match with Torquay.

Reed’s movement for his goal, along with that of captain Chris Smith, made the home defence appear as statuesque as the magnificent bronze tribute to long-serving Vale legend Roy Sproson, which was unveiled outside the ground prior to kick-off.

That celebration was accompanied by a slightly, off-putting one minute’s applause once the stadium scoreboard's stopwatch displayed 8:37 – the three-digit number that corresponds with the number of appearances Sproson made for Vale during his 22-year playing career with the club.

But most of those that clapped in Sproson’s memory were booing at the final whistle after they had seen their modern-day team squander a 2-0 lead following the kind of fight-back that has become a signature of Mills’ City side during the last two seasons.

At the home of the Valiants, it was City who looked the braver side by the final whistle, refusing to cave in on a rousing afternoon for the hosts with Reed instrumental in the comeback.

After teeing up Alex Rodman for his first goal in City’s colours midway through the second period, Reed displayed his predatory instincts to smash in a first-time volley from three yards after Smith had perfectly cushioned a far-post header across the goal from Walker’s left-wing cross.

Earlier, the home side had forged in front on 29 minutes just as the Vale Park fans were growing restless with their team’s inability to match City’s possession levels.

Until that moment, Micky Adams’ men had managed just one goal attempt with 17-goal top scorer Tom Pope’s header failing to stretch Michael Ingham.

At the other end, Reed fired wide from 15 yards after collecting a Dan Parslow through ball.

Reed’s low cross from the right was also sidefooted wide from six yards by Rodman after he attacked the far post.

Vale made the breakthrough, though, when Chris Shuker slipped a pass inside Rodman for Richard Duffy to collect down the right flank.

Duffy then picked out Pope, whose eight-yard shot was kept out superbly by Ingham only for Ryan Burge to follow up and blast in from a similar distance after City’s defence had failed to clear.

Shortly afterwards, Louis Dodds fired over from 20 yards and, after Reed had drove wide from distance and Rodman forced a first save from Chris Neal from the edge of the box, the home side were given an opportunity to double their advantage when Smith, falling to his left, handled Shuker’s long-range strike.

Winger Jennison Myrie-Williams made no mistake from the subsequent penalty, driving into Ingham’s bottom right-hand corner despite the City ’keeper diving in the same direction. It was the second spot-kick the City skipper had conceded in three matches but he was to make amends more than once before the game’s conclusion.

The Minstermen made a purposeful start to the second half with Rodman glancing a header wide from 15 yards following Smith’s right-wing cross.

Jon Challinor’s introduction on 56 minutes at right-back, coupled with Lanre Oyebanjo’s switch to midfield, also seemed to improve City’s forward surges both from the flanks and from more central areas.

Just past the hour, Neal fumbled a 20-yard Oyebanjo effort around his near post and Reed fired over on the turn before turning provider for Rodman.

Having rode a challenge from hulking home centre-back John McCombe, Reed released Rodman through the left channel and the on-loan Aldershot attacker stabbed the ball into an advancing Neal’s bottom left-hand corner 12 yards from goal.

Moments later, Neal was to keep out a Parslow header following Challinor’s dangerously-delivered, right-wing cross to the far post and Reed also rose to meet a Jamal Fyfield centre but could not direct his attempt on target.

An increasingly impatient home crowd were forced to wait until the 81st minute for their first second-half sight of Ingham’s goal with Dodds firing off target after slipping Fyfield in the penalty box.

The same player also shot wide from 15 yards and Oyebanjo went close to backheeling into his own net following a low Pope cross.

McCombe then headed over from the consequent corner as Vale belatedly awoke from their second-half slumber but the Minstermen hung in and, on 85 minutes, Mills made his second astute substitution.

Sending on Walker, the former Barrow and Luton forward immediately went close with a curling effort that was nicked wide off a home defender.

He then delivered the cross that saw Smith and Reed combine to level the scores.

There was still time for Smith to hook a Dodds header off the line with Ingham beaten and Clayton McDonald also saw a goalbound, near-post chance blocked.

The Minstermen have now drawn nine League games this season which is more than any other side in England’s top four divisions.

Turning some of those into victories remains the key to closing the gap on the League Two play-off places because that still only amounts to four points.

 

Match facts

Port Vale 2 (Burge 30, Myrie-Williams 44 pen), York City 2 (Rodman 67, Reed 88)

York City:

Michael Ingham 7
Unlucky to be beaten for the first goal after his fine save and trusty throughout other than one stray kick.

Lanre Oyebanjo 7
Made a seamless switch from right-back to midfield and hosts struggled to contend with his forward surges.

Chris Smith 7
Recovered from conceding the first-half penalty with several important contributions after the break.

Chris Doig 7
Calm and assured at the back and picked the right passes when distributing out of defence.

Jamal Fyfield 7
Battled well against Myrie-Williams and managed to attack down the flank himself when possible.

Dan Parslow 7
Another dependable and intelligent performance from City’s mature utility man.

Danny Kearns 6
Always willing to receive the ball but disappointed at times with his final cross or pass.

Matty Blair 6
Full of honest endeavour as ever but a shame not to see his pace used further up the pitch.

Alex Rodman 7
Finished with aplomb for his goal and should benefit from opening his City account in only his second appearance.

Jamie Reed 8
STAR MAN – a real step forward for the long-time substitute who proved a valid contender for the lone central striking role.

Ashley Chambers 6
Worked hard up and down the right wing but did not threaten the home defence too many times.

Subs: Jon Challinor 7 – dangerous crosses (for Chambers, 56), Jason Walker (for Rodman, 85).

Not used: Paul Musselwhite, David McGurk, Michael Potts, Clarke Carlisle, Paddy McLaughlin.

 

Port Vale: Chris Neal, Adam Yates, John McCombe, Clayton McDonald, Robert Taylor (Shaun McAllister, 74), Jennison Myrie-Williams, Ryan Burge, Chris Shuker (Ben Williamson, 74), Richard Duffy, Tom Pope, Louis Dodds.

Subs not used: Sam Johnson, Joe Davis, Kingsley James, Ryan Lloyd.

Star man: Shuker – provided moments of quality in midfield.

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

Rating: 7/10 – sensible in general and got around the pitch well.

Booked: Smith 72.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 5,388 (379 City fans).

Shots on target: Vale 5, City 4.

Shots off target: Vale 5, City 10.

Corners: Vale 5, City 8.

Fouls conceded: Vale 9, City 7.

Offsides: Vale 1, City 3.

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11:17am Mon 19 Nov 12

walwynwasgod says...

5 for Doig ?
5 for Doig ? walwynwasgod
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11:31am Mon 19 Nov 12

tips says...

Must be a miss print perhaps The Press can clarify?
Must be a miss print perhaps The Press can clarify? tips
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12:00pm Mon 19 Nov 12

YorkCityLuke says...

Looks like a miss print, as you say.

Great to see Reedy back in action and living up to fans expectations, hopefully he can play just as well on saturday and get us 3 valuable points. That said, taking a point from Vale (especially when 2 down somewhat unfortunately in the first half) is a brilliant effort.
Looks like a miss print, as you say. Great to see Reedy back in action and living up to fans expectations, hopefully he can play just as well on saturday and get us 3 valuable points. That said, taking a point from Vale (especially when 2 down somewhat unfortunately in the first half) is a brilliant effort. YorkCityLuke
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12:01pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Mr Happy says...

Seems to be a mis-print given the comments that follow.
Seems to be a mis-print given the comments that follow. Mr Happy
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12:27pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Sir Alex says...

Doig a 7 in my book, Kearns as well.

Press should publish possession stats.
67% City!!

A dodgy penalty away from 3 points, which would have been fully deserved.

We should go on and smash Torquay now. Looking forward to it.
Doig a 7 in my book, Kearns as well. Press should publish possession stats. 67% City!! A dodgy penalty away from 3 points, which would have been fully deserved. We should go on and smash Torquay now. Looking forward to it. Sir Alex
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1:56pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Budgie says...

Credit when it is due,great fight back,the team did not lay down and die like against Wimbledon,augers well for the future. I am not a particular fan of Reed,but the boy done very well.
Credit when it is due,great fight back,the team did not lay down and die like against Wimbledon,augers well for the future. I am not a particular fan of Reed,but the boy done very well. Budgie
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2:26pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Stuart Martel says...

Apologies to Chris Doig - his mark should have read 7 not 5.

Stuart Martel
Sports editor
Apologies to Chris Doig - his mark should have read 7 not 5. Stuart Martel Sports editor Stuart Martel
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2:27pm Mon 19 Nov 12

walwynwasgod says...

C'mon. Where are the "moaners" ? They probably weren't at Vale Park !
C'mon. Where are the "moaners" ? They probably weren't at Vale Park ! walwynwasgod
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2:44pm Mon 19 Nov 12

tips says...

Thanks Stuart !!!!
Thanks Stuart !!!! tips
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2:48pm Mon 19 Nov 12

redwhiteblue says...

walwynwasgod

'Where are the moaners'

As you said probably not at Port Vale - being surrounded by their fans ours look and sound like 'saints'. Ever ball played was greeted by groans, baying for Taylor to be taken off and never to be seen again. At the end Adams hasn't a clue, sack him first thing Monday followed by boos as they left the field. I wonder what hteir website says?
walwynwasgod 'Where are the moaners' As you said probably not at Port Vale - being surrounded by their fans ours look and sound like 'saints'. Ever ball played was greeted by groans, baying for Taylor to be taken off and never to be seen again. At the end Adams hasn't a clue, sack him first thing Monday followed by boos as they left the field. I wonder what hteir website says? redwhiteblue
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3:31pm Mon 19 Nov 12

walwynwasgod says...

redwhiteblue

Exactly. It made a change going to a ground and not hearing us booed off ! They were all leaving before we scored our second.
redwhiteblue Exactly. It made a change going to a ground and not hearing us booed off ! They were all leaving before we scored our second. walwynwasgod
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4:31pm Mon 19 Nov 12

paddymacwakey says...

make no mistake,this was a very good point at port vale,who lie second in the league,are the top scorers in the league.they have the top goalscorer,in tom pope,with 17 goals who hardly got a sniff.only a couple of months ago they hammered 6 goals against big spending,promotion favourites rotherham.we have just to get our home form sorted.18 games gone,and nobody has outplayed us yet.this team that has come up from the conference has more than held its own.well done to reedy who had a good game and hopefully silenced a few of his knockers on here.
make no mistake,this was a very good point at port vale,who lie second in the league,are the top scorers in the league.they have the top goalscorer,in tom pope,with 17 goals who hardly got a sniff.only a couple of months ago they hammered 6 goals against big spending,promotion favourites rotherham.we have just to get our home form sorted.18 games gone,and nobody has outplayed us yet.this team that has come up from the conference has more than held its own.well done to reedy who had a good game and hopefully silenced a few of his knockers on here. paddymacwakey
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5:52pm Mon 19 Nov 12

rogue84 says...

12 comments for a credible 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down....40+ when we get beaten! interesting! congratulations to our never-say-die attitude.
12 comments for a credible 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down....40+ when we get beaten! interesting! congratulations to our never-say-die attitude. rogue84
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8:26pm Mon 19 Nov 12

johnbyrneshair says...

Very enjoyable match, slightly distracted by continuous efforts of couple in front bizarrely spending 90 minutes trying to get everybody to sit down, including setting the stewards on their fellow supporters. Anyhow, a great second half performance - Mills substitutions made all the difference so credit to the man. Heartstopping saves off the line in final minute. Shame YCTV not allowed any more - would love to see it all again (or PVTV rather). Ironic that TV coverage much less in football league than in Blue Square premier. Anyway, still glad to be back.
Very enjoyable match, slightly distracted by continuous efforts of couple in front bizarrely spending 90 minutes trying to get everybody to sit down, including setting the stewards on their fellow supporters. Anyhow, a great second half performance - Mills substitutions made all the difference so credit to the man. Heartstopping saves off the line in final minute. Shame YCTV not allowed any more - would love to see it all again (or PVTV rather). Ironic that TV coverage much less in football league than in Blue Square premier. Anyway, still glad to be back. johnbyrneshair
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9:56pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Whitleyred says...

In full agreement with rogue 84. Some of the contributors to the site are very slow to praise the players when they put in a good performance, but like Usain Bolt when it comes to slinging the pies.

Even by sunday evening there were pitifully few comments on the site. One day it will lose us our manager, make no mistake.

Had the pleasure of watching AJAX vs Manchester City FC in the Champions League recently. Admittedly totally different level, same footballing principles however.

Patient possession football, sometimes going into blind alleys, sometimes backwards to go forwards but once at the right tempo, devastating.

The AJAX fans never once baited their players, instead building up the noise and atmosphere until their passing and probing finally paid off.

The YCFC way of playing will require our patience, arguably more patience than Bradford or Dagenham etc etc who deliver the ball much quicker upfield, mixing up the play.

My feeling is that if GM can add more incision and cutting edge we can kick on easily. The headache essentially is do you play Walker, who arguably knits the play together better coming from deep (but when we play long is too short be effective against tall centre halves) in a 433, Reed who contributes much less to build up play (stop me if he did better in the Port Vale game) but is an out an out finisher in a 433, both in a 442, or bring in new blood ie taller, more physical striker to allow us to mix up our approach. Thoughts???
In full agreement with rogue 84. Some of the contributors to the site are very slow to praise the players when they put in a good performance, but like Usain Bolt when it comes to slinging the pies. Even by sunday evening there were pitifully few comments on the site. One day it will lose us our manager, make no mistake. Had the pleasure of watching AJAX vs Manchester City FC in the Champions League recently. Admittedly totally different level, same footballing principles however. Patient possession football, sometimes going into blind alleys, sometimes backwards to go forwards but once at the right tempo, devastating. The AJAX fans never once baited their players, instead building up the noise and atmosphere until their passing and probing finally paid off. The YCFC way of playing will require our patience, arguably more patience than Bradford or Dagenham etc etc who deliver the ball much quicker upfield, mixing up the play. My feeling is that if GM can add more incision and cutting edge we can kick on easily. The headache essentially is do you play Walker, who arguably knits the play together better coming from deep (but when we play long is too short be effective against tall centre halves) in a 433, Reed who contributes much less to build up play (stop me if he did better in the Port Vale game) but is an out an out finisher in a 433, both in a 442, or bring in new blood ie taller, more physical striker to allow us to mix up our approach. Thoughts??? Whitleyred
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10:14am Tue 20 Nov 12

openallhours says...

rogue84 wrote:
12 comments for a credible 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down....40+ when we get beaten! interesting! congratulations to our never-say-die attitude.
Yes, very interesting - play well, show spirit and get something from a tough game.

Wonder why nobody is 'moaning'.
[quote][p][bold]rogue84[/bold] wrote: 12 comments for a credible 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down....40+ when we get beaten! interesting! congratulations to our never-say-die attitude.[/p][/quote]Yes, very interesting - play well, show spirit and get something from a tough game. Wonder why nobody is 'moaning'. openallhours
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10:15am Tue 20 Nov 12

openallhours says...

walwynwasgod wrote:
C'mon. Where are the "moaners" ? They probably weren't at Vale Park !
Moaning about moaners.

Priceless!
[quote][p][bold]walwynwasgod[/bold] wrote: C'mon. Where are the "moaners" ? They probably weren't at Vale Park ![/p][/quote]Moaning about moaners. Priceless! openallhours
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10:37am Tue 20 Nov 12

rogue84 says...

surely you should give credit where credit's due as much as giving criticism after a poor display?
surely you should give credit where credit's due as much as giving criticism after a poor display? rogue84
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