Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Cheltenham Town

Two minute guide to: Port Vale v Cheltenham Town

It’s Neil Aspin’s second game in charge and can the team now produce the goods on the pitch?


Match details

  • Football League
  • Saturday 14th October
  • Vale Park

Team news

joe-davisWhat will the Vale look like?

Neil Aspin has now had a chance to assess his squad and a reserve game in midweek may have given him food for thought. In that game, defenders Joe Davis (right) and Tom Anderson both impressed so will Aspo make some changes at the back? Winger Cristian Montano is still a fortnight away from contention.

What about the opposition?

Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson expects to have Kevin Dawson and Freddie Hinds available for the trip to Vale Park. Jaanai Gordon (knee) and defender Jordon Forster (Achilles) remain sidelined.

Pre-match quote

“Whichever formation you play, you have to get support up to Popey. That is the main thing. Everybody knows the pitch here is big and the key to everything is we must get our defensive line squeezing up a lot higher so we can try to get more in contact with our forward players….”

Vale manager Neil Aspin

Boss watch

Gary Johnson

The 62 year-old joined Cheltenham in 2015 and has previously had spells at West Country sides Yeovil Town and Bristol City as well as a spell in charge of Latvia. He is approaching 1,000 games as a manager and has a near 43% win percentage as Cheltenham boss.

History lesson

Overall record

  • Port Vale wins: 4
  • Port Vale losses: 5
  • Draws: 5

tom-popeLast time we…

The last time we played Cheltenham at home it was a 3-2 thriller with Vale coming out on top thanks to a Tom Pope hat-trick. However, overall Vale have a poor home record winning just twice at Vale Park against Town.

Classic clip

Not the greatest quality to be fair but here’s the above game…

chris-banksPlayed for both…

Players to appear for both clubs include:

  • Defender Chris Banks (right)
  • Winger Jennison Myrie-Williams
  • Striker Tony Naylor
  • Defender Ryan Inniss
  • Midfielder Ryan Burge
  • Winger Ashley Vincent
  • Striker Steve Brooker