We take a look ahead to Sunday’s vital FA Cup game – the home fixture against Plymouth Argyle.
Chris Lines: missing through injury
Midfielder Chris Lines misses out for Vale as he has yet to recover from a rib injury. Lee Hughes has left to join Forest Green Rovers, but midfielder Anthony Griffith returns after suspension. Chris Robertson could return at the expense of Liam Chilvers. Striker Jordan Hugill is pushing for a starting place after scoring against Preston. Chris Neal is fit again and will be pushing Sam Johnson for the goalkeeper’s jersey.
Visitors Plymouth will be without on-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery with Tope Obadeyi set to replace him. Jake Cole will continue in goal while Neal Trotman should start in defence.
Possible starting eleven:
Yates Robertson Duffy Dickinson
Dodds Griffith Shuker Loft
Micky Adams; he understands the importance of the game. Honest!
“Norman [Smurthwaite] keeps telling me how important it is and I think I have got the message now!”
– Micky Adams
“The lads will have to have the same mental attitude as we did at Preston the other day and do the job against them. The lads want to get as far as they can. The old cliché is you are never going to win it, but it is good to go as far as you can.”
– Chris Shuker
Tom Pope: two goals last time we met
Last time we met:
It will be a year to the day that the two sides met. In a league encounter last season, Vale ran out 4-0 winners thanks to strikes from Tom Pope (2), Ben Williamson and Jennison Myrie-Williams. The visitors also had striker Nick Chadwick sent-off for a ridiculous challenge on Ashley Vincent.
- Vale wins: 24
- Plymouth wins: 21
- Draws: 9
Last time we:
Reached the fourth round of the FA Cup was back in 2006. That season, Vale defeated Doncaster Rovers 2-1 in the third round to set up a fourth round clash with Aston Villa.
Darren Purse: signed from Plymouth last season
There are a number of players to appear for both sides in recent seasons. Defender Darren Purse dropped out of last season’s fixture as he switched from Argyle to Port Vale on the day of the match. Striker Nathan Lowndes was signed for a “small fee” from Plymouth in 2004 but his time at Vale Park was wrecked by persistent injuries. Left-back Brian McGlinchey is another to feature for both clubs. He was signed from Manchester City by John Rudge and following his release he joined Gillingham and then moved on to Plymouth.
Other players to appear for both sides include:
- Guy Madjo (right)
- Neville Chamberlain
- Peter Swan
- Eamonn O’Keefe
- Damien McCrory
Both clubs will be in the fourth round draw no matter what the result is on Sunday. That’s because the draw will take place around 2pm – just under an hour before the match kicks off.
Plymouth manager John Sheridan was appointed on the 6th January, one day after the club’s 4-0 defeat to Vale.
Striker Nick Chadwick is still on Plymouth’s books but he will not feature in this clash. Chadwick was sent on loan to Tamworth and is cup-tied having played for Tamworth in the 2-1 defeat to Bristol City.