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Wintle: "Most Of My Mates Are Vale Fans"

4 April 2018

Ryan Wintle says he enjoyed getting one over on his Port Vale supporting mates after he opened the scoring in the local derby on Monday. Wintle took full advantage of a poor goalkeeping error from Port Vale’s Ryan Boot to head home James Jones’ free-kick.

Vale hit back to lead 2-1 with 20 minutes left but Crewe grabbed a deserved point thanks to Charlie Kirk’s dramatic equaliser.

Wintle told iFollow The Alex: “I thought we were good in the first half and we put the pressure on them but we let them back into the game mainly because they were more direct and we were trying to play football.

“I thought we were the better team by far and we were a bit unfortunate not to win the game.

“We wanted to kill them off and it wasn’t for the want of trying. We have to be better in that situation and try and get a second or third to really quieten their crowd.”

For his rather fortunate opening goal, Ryan explained: “I am usually on the edge of the box but on the set-piece sheet I was on attacking, so I thought I would get in there. It has slipped through the hands of the goalkeeper and it was just a question of getting it on target because it was an open goal.

“The keeper had a tough afternoon and then got injured and of course, you don’t want that to happen in a local derby.

“I was just glad to get a goal and it was great to score because most of my mates are Vale fans. They are good lads and we will talk about the game. It is not that they hate me or anything because I play for Crewe. “

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