Can Port Vale do the business on a Friday night in the Potteries? We preview the match…
Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 0-1 vs Sheffield United
Form guide: L-W-D-D-L
Manager: Phil Brown
Last match: 3-1 vs Burton Albion
Form guide: W-W-L-L-W
Chris Neal will continue in goal after scans on Jak Alnwick’s injury ruled him out of this game. The match could be Matt Kennedy’s last game for Vale although the Valiants are in talks with Cardiff City about extending his loan deal. The game has come too soon for Ryan Inniss who is expected to be in contention for the Oldham Athletic match.
“It’s a bigger pitch at Port Vale than what it is at Roots Hall. You’re talking about a couple more yards wider, which doesn’t sound like a lot but’s it’s a lot of pitch, it’s almost 400 square-yards extra. So there’s going to be areas where we can exploit the opposition, areas of the pitch where we can play some good football, but buoyed by the fact that we just beat the league leaders…”
– Southend United manager Phil Brown
Last time we met
Not a great performance by Vale, can they prevent Southend getting the double over us?
- Vale wins: 24
- Southend wins: 23
- Draws: 30
Port Vale’s recent record against Southend: L-L-D-L-L
In fact, Vale’s last victory over Southend was six years ago. The Valiants won 3-1 at Roots Hall in 2010 thanks to goals from Marc Richards, Justin Richards and Louis Dodds.
This memorable match comes from 1994 and is one of a number of vintage Vale clips on our very own OVF YouTube channel.
Played for both
There are a couple of current Vale players who have played for the opposition. Anthony Grant spent four years with the opposition while striker Theo Robinson had a loan spell back in 2009. Southend winger Will Atkinson had a brief loan spell with Vale back in 2007.
Other players to appear for both include defender Luke Prosser, midfielder Billy Kellock, striker Gavin Tomlin, targetman Brett Angell, defender Peter Clarke, midfielder Marc Laird and American Jemal Johnson.
Not many clubs can boast a former player who went on to manage Real Madrid to the league title – but both Port Vale and Southend can thanks to the efforts of one Robert Firth.
To read more about his extraordinary career click here to read the OVF feature