We take a look ahead to Tuesday night’s game with our brief guide to Vale’s opponents Burton Albion.
Man in charge?
Former Derby defender Gary Rowett has been in charge for 28 games. He has won nine, lost eleven and drawn eight.
Last time we met?
Vale won 3-0 back in March thanks to strikes from Marc Richards (pictured) and Louis Dodds (two).
However, Vale are yet to record a league win at Burton’s Pirelli Stadium.
The two sides have met six times. Vale have won three, Burton have won one and there have been two draws.
Players from both sides could be facing their former clubs. Stuart Tomlinson will line-up against Vale (more about him in a moment), Adam Yates had a spell at Burton while Justin Richards spent a season with the Valiants. In previous years, winger Marc Goodfellow, midfielder Danny Holmes and striker Lee Glover have played for both sides.
Stuart Tomlinson (right) will be making his first appearance against the Valiants since leaving the club in the summer.
Tomlinson made 79 starts (plus two sub appearances) for the Valiants but his place in Vale history is assured thanks to two short tweets – “Awesome events on the team bus” and “Someone has left the bus” which broke the notorious Jim Gannon “busgate” story.
Sam Morsy (right) is pushing for a return to the Vale midfield after completing a suspension but Micky Adams may be tempted to keep faith with Darren Murphy and Chris Shuker after the 4-1 win over Wycombe. Adam Yates is fit again but may have to be content with a place on the bench.
Burton forward Adi Yussuf is ruled out with a groin problem.
What they said?
“They have got a good team, if you look at them they have got some dangerous players so we have got to be at our best on the night. These derby games start fast and you want cool, calm heads in there – no rash tackles, no rash decisions and you have to see the game through.”
– Adam Yates
“Port Vale are a top-three side but, if we want to be where we want to be, we need to beat teams like that.”
– Stuart Tomlinson