We take a look ahead to the game with Bradford City, Vale’s second home league game of the season with our OVF two minute guide…
Vale are expected to make changes for the weekend after boss Micky Adams accused them of “lacking enthusiasm” in last week’s loss to Colchester.
Adam Yates could return at right-back at the expense of Richard Duffy while Liam Chilvers could also be omitted as Vale revert to a back four. Wingers Jennison Myrie-Williams (right) and Kaid Mohammed will be in contention while Ben Williamson is pushing Gavin Tomlin to be Tom Pope’s strike partner.
Bradford are expected to be unchanged.
Possible Vale XI:
Yates – Robertson – Dickinson – Jones
Myrie-Williams – Griffith – Lines – Mohammed
Tomlin – Pope
“We have got to be positive about the Bradford game this Saturday.We have got to get a formula back no to get a win under our belts and we know that Saturday’s game is a big one for us. They will be coming here full of confidence and we want to get a win under our belts to get that confidence back again.”
– Mark Grew (right)
“Everyone was down [after the Colchester defeat], but we can’t dwell on it too much, we have another game to look forward to.”
– Richard Duffy
Captain Doug Loft (right) was sent-off in the dying minutes as Vale’s winless “blip” stretched to three games after visitors Bradford claimed a point with a goalless draw at Vale Park.
- Vale wins: 31
- Bradford wins: 41
- Draws: 27
Facing his former employers:
Well, it’s not technically “former employers”, but Bradford defender Matt Taylor was linked with a move to Vale Park after training with the Valiants this summer. However, the defender was evenually offered a contract by Saturday’s opponents Bradford, instead.
Other players to appear for both sides include:
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, Will Atkinson, Ron Futcher (right), Neville Southall, Ashley Westwood, Jake Speight, Peter Griffiths, Bernie Wright and Lee Mills. Former Bradford City player Lee Sinnott has managed the Valiants.
Tom Pope may not have scored so far this season, but you can rest assured that he will be looking forward to the visit of Bradford. Pope is something of a bogey man for City having scored four times in four games against them.
For the record, here are Pope’s scoring stats against City:
- 18th February 2011: Port Vale 2-0 Bradford City (Pope 2 goals)
- 13th Sept 2011: Port Vale 3-2 Bradford City (Pope 1 goal)
- 29th Sept 2012: Bradford 0-1 Port Vale (Pope 1 goal)
- 5th March 2013: Port Vale 0-0 Bradford City (Pope 0 goals)
- TOTAL: Four appearances and four goals