We preview the action ahead of Port Vale’s trip to Chesterfield on Saturday afternoon…
Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 0-1 vs Barnsley
Manager: Danny Wilson
Last match: 0-1 vs Oldham
* Oldest result on left
Luckless loanee Ryan Inniss will miss the rest of the season after his hamstring injury. The choice for Rob Page is to go with experience in Ryan McGivern or to opt for youth by picking Remie Streete to replace Inniss. McGivern is likely to be given the nod while Vale still have an outside chance of a play-off spot.
“My message to the players was okay we have made it harder for ourselves to get to the play offs, but let’s go and win as many games as we can over the last six games and, with a little bit of luck going for us as well, you never know…”
Port Vale manager Rob Page
Last time we met
Goals from Sam Kelly, AJ Leitch-Smith and Louis Dodds gave Vale a 3-2 home win earlier in the season.
- Vale wins: 32
- Chesterfield wins: 40
- Draws: 22
There’s not one but two memorable Vale victories over Chesterfield to entertain you. Both come from the 1988-89 season and both come from our very own OVF YouTube channel:
Played for both
There’s a handful of former Valiants in the Chesterfield squad but not all of them will feature. Defender and booboy Dan Jones will probably miss the game through injury while former Valeites Chris Herd (above), Jay O’Shea and Ritchie Humphries were all on the bench for the Spireites’ last game.
Vale’s last league win at Chesterfield was back in 2010 but was memorable for a Marc Richards’ hat-trick in a 5-0 Vale win. The other goalscorers for the Valiants were Rob Taylor and Craig Davies. Two of the scorers (Davies and Richards) subsequently ended up playing for Chesterfield later in their careers.
- The clubs first met competitively way back in 1899
- That first game ended in a thumping 4-0 win for Vale
- Vale were unbeaten for the first four meetings