Vital Football

Latest Port Vale News

Vital Preview- Vale v Cheltenham

Port Vale
vs.
Cheltenham Town

Vale Park

29/03/2013

15.00

Vale begin their crucial Easter fixtures when they entertain promotion rivals Cheltenham Town at Vale Park tomorrow. With several of the top seven not in action until Saturday, the Valiants have an ideal opportunity to strengthen their grip on the automatic places and put some daylight between themselves and the Robins.

The visitors are only one point behind Vale, although have played a game more. Mark Yates` side have proved something of a bogey side for Vale over recent seasons. Indeed, Vale have failed to secure a win over Cheltenham since being relegated to League Two. Micky Adams will have been buoyed after his side ended their poor run of form when beating lowly York City last time out. A postponed game against Aldershot Town denied them the chance to carry on winning ways, though they should be fully rested and fired up for this encounter.

After narrowly missing out on promotion last season, losing to Crewe Alexandra in the play off final, Yates has continued to work wonders, guiding Cheltenham once more into the promotion picture and proving a shrewd operator in the transfer market. Vale, meanwhile, will be hoping to get off to a positive start for what will be a huge run of games over the next couple of weeks against several of their promotion rivals.

Vital Quotes:

Vale Assistant Manager Mark Grew told the Vale Official Site that he was relishing the visit of Cheltenham. "The three big games we have got coming up are going to have a big say at the end of the season, so we have just got to do what we can do and Friday is going to be a big indication of what`s going to happen.

"It is important they get something as well, so I don`t think Mark Yates will change his formation, I think he is going to come here and be positive, like he always is.

"We always have good games against Cheltenham, they are well organised and disciplined and good off set-pieces, so we know we have got a battle on.

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates: "They've predominantly played 4-4-2 this season by the looks of it with two strikers up top who have been scoring goals so it works for them. They'll have a game plan and we'll do what we do best. We'll play our game on a slightly bigger pitch but it's only a couple of yards bigger than normal.

"We've all got to hold our nerve now with our final six games to go and see where it takes us. We've just got to take one game at a time. Our thoughts and focus right now are purely on Port Vale. I'll pick a team on Friday to win the game and deal with Monday afterwards.

Port Vale Team News:

Ryan Burge will once more be missing from the Vale squad. Although the midfielder has completed his 14 day suspension following his fall out with Micky Adams, he appears no closer to featuring for the club. Captain Doug Loft returns from his three match ban, while Chris Birchall is available after featuring for Trinidad and Tobago during the International week and may fight it out with Louis Dodds for the remaining midfield spot.

Possible Team: Neal, Duffy, Chilvers, McCombe, Jones, Dodds, Griffith, Loft, Myrie-Williams, Pope, Hughes.

Player to watch: Tom Pope

The Vale striker celebrated being named the League Two player of the year last Sunday and will be hoping he can mark that by rediscovering the midas touch that saw him race to 27 goals this season. Breaking his eleven game non-scoring run couldn`t possibly come at a better time.

Cheltenham Town Team News:

Cheltenham have extended the loan of Michael Hector from Reading and have also captured defender Jack Deaman from Birmingham City until the end of the season. Russell Penn and Kaif Mohamed are both carrying knocks but are expected to be fit.

Possible Team: Brown, Jombati, Elliott, Hector, Pack, Deering, McGlashan, Penn, Benson, Mohamed.

Player to watch: Marlon Pack

Although the experienced Paul Benson will prove a handful, much of Cheltenham`s attacking impetus comes from the talented midfielder Marlon Pack. Despite seeing a move to Swindon Town fall through recently. Pack has returned to the Cheltenham side and has continued to be a central figure in their success. With Vale often struggling this season against sides that flood the midfield, denying the former Portsmouth man time and space on the ball will prove to be a key factor.

Match Facts & Stats

Last Meeting:
Cheltenham 1 (Carter 61) Vale 1 (Dodds 67)

Louis Dodds` close range equaliser rescued a point for Vale, who were thankful for Chris Shuker`s goal line clearance in stoppage time.

York City 0 Vale 2

Bristol Rovers 2 Vale 0

Vale 1 Southend United 2

Vale 0 Bradford City 0

Oxford United 2 Vale 1

Barnet 0 Cheltenham 0

Cheltenham 3 Rotherham United 0

Burton Albion 3 Cheltenham 1

Cheltenham 1-0 Chesterfield

Cheltenham 2-1 AFC Wimbledon

Ref Watch:

SCOTT MATHIESON Keith Lawson and Steven Meredith Fourth Official Ryan Johnson

Match Prediction:

Tom Pope returns to goal scoring ways as Vale settle for a 1-1 draw.

Next Fixtures:

Chesterfield (a) Mon 1st April 15.00


Writer:Tom
Date:Thursday March 28 2013
Time: 7:10PM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Vale
Write For Vital Vale
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Port Vale v Colchester
Suggested By:
Port Vale win79%
Colchester win17%
Draw4%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Sheff Utd 45 29 10 6 97 44
2 Bolton 45 24 11 10 83 29
3 Fleetwood 45 23 12 10 81 21
4 Scunthorpe 45 23 10 12 79 24
5 Bradford 45 20 18 7 78 19
6 Millwall 45 19 13 13 70 8
7 Southend 45 19 12 14 69 16
8 Rochdale 45 19 11 15 68 9
9 Oxford 45 19 9 17 66 11
10 Bristol Rovers 45 18 12 15 66 -1
11 Peterborough 45 17 11 17 62 3
12 MK Dons 45 15 13 17 58 -1
13 Walsall 44 14 16 14 58 -3
14 Charlton 45 13 18 14 57 4
15 Wimbledon 45 13 17 15 56 -3
16 Northampton 45 14 10 21 52 -13
17 Oldham 45 12 16 17 52 -13
18 Shrewsbury 45 13 12 20 51 -15
19 Bury 45 13 11 21 50 -11
20 Gillingham 45 12 13 20 49 -20
21 Port Vale 44 11 12 21 45 -26
R Swindon 45 11 11 23 44 -19
R Coventry 45 9 12 24 39 -29
R Chesterfield 45 9 10 26 37 -34
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Port Vale Results (view all)

Port Vale Fixtures (view all)

Apr 25 2017 7:45PM : Walsall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 30 2017 12:00PM : Fleetwood Town (a)
Sky Bet League One
The Vital Football Members League