As Vale prepare to take on Cardiff City in the league cup, here’s our brief guide to our next opponents.
Manager: Micky Adams
Last match: 0-2 vs Notts County
Form guide: L-D-W-W-D
Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Last match: 0-1 vs Wolves
Form guide: L-W-W-W-D
Colin Daniel: could start for the first time this season
Vale are strongly expected to make changes after the disappointing defeat to Notts County. Byron Moore isn’t considered to be in contention for a starting place but may be used from the bench. However, Colin Daniel, Louis Dodds, Ryan Lloyd, Steve Jennings and Michael Brown are all in contention for a first-team start.
Visitors Cardiff will also ring the changes and are expected to name a young side. Right-back Jazzi Barnum-Bobb and central defender Adedeji Oshilaja are both expected to start. Striker Federico Macheda is an injury doubt.
Here’s our patented “finger in the air” possible starting XI:
Yates – Duffy – McGivern – Dickinson (c)
Marshall – O’Connor – Lines – Lloyd
Pope – Daniel
“Whoever plays for them, they all have experience and, as you saw against Coventry, it is going to be a tough game. But we can go out there, express ourselves freely and give them a good game…”
– Carl Dickinson
Last time we met
The two sides last met eleven years ago when Vale lost 0-2 at home. The visitors’ goals came from Peter Thorne and Gavin Gordon.
- Vale wins: 8
- Cardiff wins: 10
- Draws: 4
Vale’s last win over Cardiff came in 1994 when Vale won 3-1. Ian Taylor, Kevin Kent and David Lowe all scored.
Prior to that, the last victory was way back in 1988 when John Rudge’s side won 6-1. The game featured three superb goals from Ray Walker, Robbie Earle and most memorably Ron Futcher. Three days later, Vale hit five past Chesterfield and you can see the goals from both games below:
They played for both…
Vale assistant manager Rob Page (above) spent a brief spell at Cardiff between 2004 and 2005. Page made just eight starts and one sub appearance. Another member of the Vale coaching staff, Mark Grew, also had a spell at Cardiff, spending two years at City.
Some other players to appear for both sides include:
- Striker Paul Millar (right)
- Winger Gareth Ainsworth
- Defender Darren Purse
- Winger Malvin Kamara
- Defender Rhys Weston
- Midfielder Chris Allen
Keeping Cardiff blue…
Cardiff fans are rightly outraged with the club’s change to red shirts. However, defiant Cardiff City fans who opposed the club’s controversial red rebranding have raised £7,330 for charity after buying thousands of ‘alternative’ blue kits. The project was initiated by the Cardiff City Supporters Trust and was a response to the new official red shirt imposed on the club by current owner Vincent Tan. Money raised goes to the Welsh Ty Hafan charity.
The shirts are available at http://www.teamshopbuilder.co.uk/cardiffcitysupporterstrust/