It’s the FA Cup second round next for Port Vale and here’s our guide to our opponents, Skrill Premier side Salisbury City…
Sam Johnson will remain in goal for the Valiants as Chris Neal is ruled out for several weeks. Vale could be unchanged after their away win over Walsall with Gavin Tomlin the favourite to partner Tom Pope upfront.
Salisbury loanee Tyler Harvey (from Plymouth) will not be eligible to play.
Mark Grew: Side will not be taking things lightly
“Preparation has been exactly the same as it would have been for any league game. We have had Salisbury watched three times, so we are not taking them lightly. his is a big game for us and if we win it we could be in for a real money spinner in the next round, but we are not taking it lightly, that’s for sure.”
– Mark Grew
“We have got a team that won’t be taking this game lightly or taking Salisbury for granted. We have got to go out and perform – it’s a big pitch and we need to get it down and play and really get in their faces. They will be underdogs and they will come out and I am sure they will play some good football – there are a lot of good players in the Conference now. ut we have just got to do a professional job and hopefully we can. The third round is the exciting one, where you can get anyone.”
– Chris Birchall
“I am always confident – I do not feel there is any point in being anything else. There is no point going into any game thinking that you are not going to get a result. I am very confident in my squad of players.”
– Salisbury manager Mikey Harris
Last time we met
The two sides have not met before.
Players to appear for both sides include:
- Darrell Clarke (famous for a one minute Vale career)
- Abdulai Bell-Baggie
- Luke Prosser (on loan at Salisbury)
- Cliff Pinchbeck
- Ken Wookey
As the two sides have never met before, we’re going to look at a less common Vale-Salisbury connection. Second in the club’s all-time scoring charts with 107 goals, Martin Foyle was born in Salisbury.