We take a look ahead to Port Vale’s next home game against Shrewsbury Town with a brief guide to our opponents…
Vale will need to make a decision on captain Doug Loft (above) who could be fit enough to return. If Loft does make it, one of Chris Lines, Anthony Griffith, Chris Birchall or Jennison Myrie-Williams could miss out. Left-back Dan Jones is definitely ruled out through a foot injury.
Liam McAlinden returns to contention for Shrewsbury while new loan signing Gozie Ugwu could make his debut.
Guesswork Vale XI:
Yates Robertson Chilvers Dickinson
Birchall Griffith Lines Myrie-Williams
“Hopefully our crowd will get the place bouncing around because it is only going to help us, but we know what we need to do – we need to go out there and get the three points. We need to turn this place into a fortress where people don’t like coming and hopefully we can get it off to a good start on Saturday, make sure we get a few goals and keep a clean sheet.”
– Carl Dickinson (above)
“I have played against Port Vale a number of times in my career and it is always a tough place to go. Their fans are very good, very loyal and the team are very physical. They always have been and it will be a tough game.”
– Dave Winfield
Last time we met:
The Valiants lost by a single goal after Matt Richards scored a 55th minute winner at the New Meadow stadium. The Shrews side included now Vale keeper Chris Neal.
- Vale wins: 13
- Shrewsbury wins: 19
- Draws: 14
Last time we…
…defeated Shrewsbury at home was back in September 2010. Midfielder Gary Roberts scored a 73rd minute winner.
Chris Neal (above) will be making his first appearance against his former club since he left Shrewsbury for Vale in the summer of 2012. Neal joined Shrewsbury from Preston in 2009 and he made 74 appearances for the club.
Meanwhile, winger Rob Taylor didn’t play for Shrewbury but it was the town where the 28 year-old was born.
Other players to appear for both clubs include Luke Rodgers, Dave Hibbert, Guy Madjo, Sagi Burton, Liam Burns, Neville Southall, Carl Griffiths, Tony Kelly, Darren Hughes, Exodus Geoghaghan, Robin Hulbert, Alex Smith, Les Lawrence, Paul Maguire, Geoff Morris, John Jeffers, Steve Biggins, Tony Loska, James Hill, Tim Parkin, Geoff Hickson, Gareth Griffiths, Stewart Talbot, Alan Boswell and Brian Taylor.
Port Vale’s last game: lost 2-5 against Swindon Town
Swindon’s last game: lost 2-1 against Evesham United
Vale top scorer: Pope – 7 goals
Swindon top scorer: Culley – 15 goals
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