We take a look ahead to Tuesday night’s League Two opponents Exeter City with another of our brief guides to the opposition.
Man in charge
Paul Tisdale is well respected as he approaches seven years in charge at Exeter. The former Southampton and Bristol City midfielder has produced 135 wins, 95 draws and 119 losses during his time in charge. Tisdale has recently been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Swindon Town.
Last time we met
The two sides met back in October when Vale secured a 2-0 away win. Both of Vale’s goals came from… guess who? Tom Pope, of course!
- Venue: Vale Park
- Kick-off: 7:45pm
- Vale form: W-W-D-L-W
- Exeter form: L-D-W-W-L
Vale are edging it with 20 wins to Exeter’s 14. There have also been ten draws. However, Exeter won on their last trip to Vale Park. The two sides met in October 2008 and goals from Sercombe, Stewart and Gill were enough to secure a 3-1 away win despite Luke Rodgers’ (pictured) late reply for the Valiants.
Richard Duffy will be facing his former side. The defender joined Vale on a free transfer in the summer after making 128 appearances for the Grecians.
Other players to appear for both sides include George Pilkington, Chris Banks, Arjan van Heusden (pictured), Darren Hughes, Mark Chamberlain, Bert Carberry, Ted Calland and Billy Kellock.
Vale will wait on Lee Hughes fitness after illness ruled the veteran out of the game against Torquay. If Hughes is unfit, Calvin Andrew is expected to start after scoring at the weekend. Liam Chilvers will be missing with flu while Ben Williamson and Joe Davis are still out injured.
Exeter goalkeeper Artur Krysiak is expected to come back into contention after shaking off a hamstring injury. Paul Tisdale will have to decide whether to recall Krysiak or stick with Rhys Evans. Guillem Bauza is pushing for a start after his goalscoring appearance off the bench.
“We came back from the Morecambe game by winning at Torquay and we’re looking to keep that going against Exeter. Wins are massive now, particularly with games coming thick and fast.”
– Vale defender Darren Purse