Bizarrely, however, his encouraging performance came at right-back, a position pretty much alien to the 27-year-old. Despite that, he did a fantastic job and he was surprisingly mobile up and down the right flank. Definitely No way It was a complete performance and such was Port Vale’s tepidness to attack, he was allowed plenty of freedom and room to go forward.
When the club enjoyed two successive top seven Premiership finishes under chairman Bob Murray and manager Peter Reid in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001, average home crowds were 41,375 and 46,780. Even in the season when Sam Allardyce guided us away from relegation, 2015-2016, we averaged 43,071. So, although most fans are fed up with hearing it, we have great potential as a club, and are too often called a “sleeping giant”.
Half Time - Sunderland AFC 1-0 Port Vale FC Second Half Action The half time interval saw Lee Johnson make a switch, with Grant Leadbitter replacing Daniel Neil in the centre of midfield. Fortunes and luck were running against Sunderland within the opening moments of second half, with Port Vale coming close to putting the ball into their own net when Maguire cut the ball back and it should have been cleared.
|Promotion (League Winners): Lincoln City|
|Promotion (League Position): Hull City|
|Promotion (Play Off): Portsmouth, Doncaster Rovers, Peterborough United, Accrington Stanley|
|Relegation (League Position): AFC Wimbledon, Swindon Town, Wigan Athletic, Burton Albion|