OVF takes a look ahead to Saturday’s League Two clash with Morecambe.
Chris Shuker will be looking forward to taking on his former teammates while Micky Adams is looking for revenge after Morecambe’s 4-0 win at Vale Park.
Not great. Morecambe have only won two of their last seven games and are in 13th place in the table, one place above Vale.
Last time we met:
Vale slumped to a 4-0 home defeat to Morecambe in October. The visitors’ goals came from Price, Alessandra, Wilson and Fleming.
Vale have won twice, Morecambe have won four times and there has been one draw.
Chris Shuker could face his former team if he makes the Vale starting line-up. The winger endured a disappointing spell at Morecambe where he chalked up twelve starts and fifteen sub appearances. However, Shuker has not been exactly complimentary of Morecambe’s methods telling the Sentinel: “I had a bit of a bad time mentally in the game with a few things that happened at Tranmere and then I went to Morecambe, where I didn’t enjoy it. The training was poor and I basically spent my time thinking that I didn’t want to be there. It wasn’t a confidence issue with me it was more to do with the training and being unfit because of it. It was a bit of a bad 18 months for me.”
Played for both:
Players to appear for both teams include Scott Brown, Michael Twiss, Adam Yates and the aforementioned Chris Shuker.
Clayton McDonald will not be available due to his high-profile court case, so Joe Davis is likely to come back into the starting line-up. Adam Yates and Tom Pope also have picked up knocks but are expected to be OK.
“What they did to us at the beginning of the season, we remember that. They were flying back then, but it just goes to show that it’s a long hard season. They have got a bit to prove and will want to finish the season well like we do, but the important thing is that we go there and concentrate on our own job.”
– Micky Adams
Anthony Griffith is set to make his 150th league start for the Valiants. Tom Pope will be making his 50th league appearance for the club.