It’s time to briefly preview our next opponents – Peterborough – as Rob Page will be hoping that Vale will recover from the upset against Chesterfield.
Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 0-3 vs Chesterfield
Form guide: L-W-L-W-W
Manager: Darren Ferguson
Last match: 0-2 vs Colchester
Form guide: L-D-L-L-W
Michael O’Connor: fit to play
Rob Page could be tempted to make some changes after the disappointing defeat to Chesterfield. Tom Pope and Ryan McGivern remain on the sidelines but midfielder Michael O’Connor is fit after picking up a knock last weekend. The likes of Colin Daniel, Achille Campion and Chris Birchall could all come into contention. Loan goalkeeper Scott Loach will make his debut for the visitors.
Here’s our patented “finger in the air” possible starting XI (in which, boringly, we think Rob Page will name the same starting eleven):
Yates – Duffy – Veseli – Dickinson (c)
Marshall – Brown – O’Connor – N’Guessan
“They are a very good team and they have been consistently good over the years. They are having a bit of a tough spell at the minute, but if we go into the game underestimating them and thinking we can just turn up and get the points then we will have a rude awakening…”
– Rob Page
Last time we met
Vale slumped to a disappointing 3-1 away defeat to Peterborough earlier this season. Loan striker Jordan Slew scored Vale’s consolation goal in the 83rd minute.
- Vale wins: 16
- Peterborough wins: 16
- Draws: 14
This game could mark the 150th league start of Dany N’Guessan’s career.
The stats are dead-square with both sides having 16 wins and with 14 draws.
The last time Vale played Peterborough, they had lost the previous game – to Chesterfield!
Vale have a decent home record against Peterborough. In the last ten games at Vale Park, Vale have won nine and lost just one – the last time we met back in 2013.
They played for both…
There have been a number of players to appear for both sides including:
- Striker Dave Hibbert
- The much maligned Exodus Geogaghan
- Striker Justin Richards
- Defender Sagi Burton
- Striker Callum Willock
- Midfielder Danny Sonner
- Striker Leon Constantine (above)
2001 – Vale hit five
Vale’s home victory in March 2001 remains the club’s biggest win over Peterborough.
Vale were leading one-nil at half-time thanks to Tony Naylor’s 20th minute opener but the Vale hit four more in the final 33 minutes.
The second came from infrequent scorer Allen Tankard on 57 minutes, folowed two minutes later by another from Alex Smith. Then Vale hit another two in the final ten minutes – firstly from Bridge-Wilkinson’s penalty and a 90th minute strike from Michael Twiss (right) – one of just two goals he scored for the club.