Two minute guide to: Bristol City

Two minute guide to: Bristol City

We take a look ahead to Port Vale’s Tuesday night game against Bristol City with another brief guide…

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Port Vale

Manager: Micky Adams

Last game: 3-2 vs Tranmere

Form: W-D-L-W-L

Top scorer: Pope (15)[/col]

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Bristol City

Manager: Steve Cotterill

Last game: 2-2 vs Colchester

Form: D-D-W-W-W

Top scorer: Baldock (20)

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Team news

Chris Neal is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering ankle ligament damage in the win over Tranmere. It means Sam Johnson will be between the posts making his tenth senior appearance for the club. Vale may otherwise be unchanged with playmaker Chris Lines serving the second of a two game ban. Ben Williamson is expected to continue upfront after his third goal in four games. Bristol City will be without defender Adam El-Abd who is suspended.

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Possible Vale starting XI:

 

Johnson

Yates Grimmer Duffy Dickinson

Myrie-Williams Knott Griffith Loft

Williamson Pope[/box]


Pre-match quotes

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Loft: wants to see improved away form

“We haven’t performed as well as we should have away from home. We have played well at home this year and we need to take that away with us. We are expecting a hard game against Bristol City. I don’t really see them as relegation candidates to be honest with you and I think they have got a good team. It is a big game for both clubs, as every game is. We know they will come out fighting and we have got to do exactly the same.”

– Doug Loft

“We won’t be lulled into any false sense of security that Vale will come here and relax now that they are on 50 points. If I were Micky, I would certainly have an eye on it [the play-offs]. You only have to pick up six points in two games and, all of a sudden, you can put yourselves in with a shout. I’m sure they’ll be coming here to try to win the game.”

– Steve Cotterill


History

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Lee Hughes: on the mark in the last minute in October

Last time we met

In October, the Valiants scrambled a lucky 1-1 draw after a poor home display thanks to a last-minute Lee Hughes strike. 

Overall record

  • Vale wins: 31
  • Bristol City wins: 37
  • Draws: 17

Did you know?

Vale have lost on their last three visits to Ashton Gate. The side last won in Bristol back in 2003 when Billy Paynter scored the winner in a 1-0 win.


Connections

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Jenno: back to his former club

Jennison Myrie-Williams began his career at Bristol City back in 2005. He made 19 starts (plus 16 sub appearances) scoring twice. Myrie-Williams was also sent out on loan five times and eventually handed a free transfer in 2009.

Meanwhile, City defender James O’Connor spent a spell on loan with Vale in 2004 but following his release by Aston Villa, he opted to join Bournemouth in preference to Vale. However, O’Connor is currently injured and unlikely to feature in this game.

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More connections

Other players who appeared for both clubs include:

  • Tony Dinning
  • Steve Brooker
  • Clayton Fortune
  • Scott Brown
  • Gary Hamson
  • Calvin Andrew
  • Tony Butler
  • matthews-leeMarc Goodfellow
  • Lee Matthews (right)
  • Mike Stowell
  • Lawrie Pearson
  • Tony Rougier
  • Peter Beadle
  • Russell Bromage

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Opposing views

Read the views of three Bristol City fans ahead of the game

(on Steve Cotterill) “Too much hair gel, a silly gold chain, but he’s getting us out of trouble after a rocky start so I can’t complain…”

– Read more

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