Darlington 2-1 Port Vale
Radio Stoke’s Praise & Grumble was full of irate Vale Fans calling for the head of Lee Sinnott after todays 2-1 defeat at Darlington.
Vale took the lead in the first half through a Luke Rodgers free-kick (his first league goal for six months), however Darlington got themselves on level terms just 8 minutes later with a free-kick that sailed past everyone ad into the net. The Darlington winner came in the second half and has been attributed to a mistake (yet again) from Keeper Joe Anyon who failed to deal with a cross, flapping at the ball instead of taking charge of the situation.
Is this an over reaction, or has ‘Spinnott’ really not got a clue about what he’s doing? Most peoples argument is that Lee talks a good game, but just isn’t delivering anything on the pitch.
Its true that his record since joining Vale last November has been poor to say the least. He was unable to keep us in League 1 last season, however, it has to be said that the squad he inherited from Martin Foyle (and Caretaker Manager Dean Glover) was godawful.
But Sinnott has had the opportunity to make changes. He did bring in new players in January – loanee Chris Herd was superb, loanee Tobias Mikaelsson wasn’t. Chasetown pair Chris Slater and Kyle Perry came in and were both disappointing, Slater particularly so. Both were signed on an 18 month contract. Slater has shown signs of improvement this season, Perry hasn’t. Perry just doesn’t look like he’ll ever score at this level and is looking abit of a joke.
Left back Adam Eckersley added nothing that Jason Talbot wasn’t already giving us – ie. not a lot.
Sinnott cleared out much of the rubbish in the summer, but the new look Sinnott team just isn’t performing well enough. Anthony Griffith looks a good right-back, but Sinnott signed him as a central midfielder, Sam Stockley was given the Captains armband, but just five games into the new season the common consensus was that he needs to be dropped from the team.
There have been some positives; Louis Dodds looks a decent footballer but needs to get himself involved a bit more, Lee Collins is a very capable left back and Rob Taylor has impressed me – why did he start on the bench today after his performance against Bradford last week?
Personally I don’t think we are in a position to buy Sinnott out of his contract and replace him, and I don’t think we should be considering that anyway. He needs to have this full season to prove himself.
Clearly we are currently not good enough for promotion, but we are certainly not going down – midtable mediocracy looks to be our destiny, and maybe we should just accept this – for this season anyway…
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Pressure On For Sinnott
Darlington 2-1 Port Vale