‘Worrying signs already’, ‘Shame the season had to start’ – Port Vale fans unhappy after cup exit

Usually, when I scout Twitter after an Imps game, I want to find some reference to Lincoln City amongst the opposition tweets.

Sadly, Port Vale fans seem to think the 4-0 win for us is a case of them being terrible, rather than us being good. I think there’s some truth in both arguments, Jason Shackell shouldn’t have got his header and Michael O’Connor should have been closed down quicker, but even with those gifts the players still had to finish.

There’s clearly discontent already over at Vale Park, despite winning one of their opening three games. some fans feel the players are not performing for Neil Aspin, others are worried the terrible form shown by the side at the second half of last season is continuing.

One poster even pointed to us fielding our reserves as a reason to lament his side. Lets not forget, the players we class as reserves included a two-time Championship winner, our leading scorer and seasoned professionals such as Tom Pett and Matt Rhead. Grant Smith was the England C keeper and Ellis Chapman is the most exciting player to emerge from our youth team since Jack Hobbs. Reserves? If you like.

For those who are interested, here is a selection of the doom and gloom emanating from Vale fans in the aftermath of last night’s result.