Port Vale have another vital game on Tuesday evening as they host struggling Aldershot. Here is our brief guide to the opposition.
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Man in charge?
Andy Scott took over from Dean Holdsworth in February. Scott has managed two wins, two losses and four draws.
Last time we met?
Vale triumphed 3-1 back in November thanks to goals from Ryan Burge, Ben Williamson and Jennison Myrie-Williams.
Vale have won 26, just ahead of Aldershot’s 23 and there have been 13 draws. However, the Vale are unbeaten at home against Aldershot for the last seven games with the Shots’ last win coming back in 1985.
Guy Madjo could be a Vale player today but he is now plying his trade at Macclesfield Town.
Madjo was all set to become a Valiant in 2012 until the financial mismanagement of the previous board saw him and fellow loanees Liam Chilvers and Jennison Myrie-Williams (who have both ironically rejoined the Vale) forced to return to their parent clubs.
Other players to appear for both sides include Clayton Fortune (two spells on loan at Vale), Martin Foyle (Vale legend), Les Lawrence (8 appearances for Vale from 1982 to 1983), Chris Allen (5 games on loan at Vale in 1999), Billy Easton, Andy Massey (on loan at Vale in 1984), Harry Roberts, Gilbert Glidden and William Allsop. Former Shots boss Dean Holdsworth had a spell on loan with Vale back in 1988.
Vale have doubts over Doug Loft, Lee Hughes and Chilvers. Chris Shuker, Sam Morsy, Ben Williamson and John McCombe could come into contention to replace them.
Aldershot striker Danny Hylton and defender Troy Brown are both doubtful but Michael Rankine has returned from his loan spell at York and is eligible to play. Utility man Aaron Morris is out with a knee injury.
“Tomorrow is an absolutely vital game for us. If we can get another win, then we’re nearly there.”
– Chris Birchall
“Forget about league positions, this will be a tricky game. They’ll have watched what we did against Burton and will do their homework on us. They’re scrapping for their lives down there and it will be difficult.”
– Lee Hughes