Here’s our brief guide to Port Vale’s next fixture – an FA Cup replay against Yeovil
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The League may be the priority but Vale will no doubt be keen to make up for not winning the first tie when a late goal earned the visitors a draw and a second bite of the cherry.
The prospect of a home tie against Bradford may not be the most thrilling thing but the prize money for reaching the third round and home advantage in the next stage should be sufficient incentive…
What will the Vale look like?
Vale are expected to name the same starting line-up that defeated Cambridge at the weekend. Cristian Montano picked up a slight knock but should be fit while Vale will be keen to see Ben Whitfield (right) last a full ninety minutes.
In the expected absence of Danny Pugh, Tom Pope will captain the side.
“We’ve only got ourselves to blame for not winning the initial tie with Yeovil because that should’ve been put to bed. It’s going to be a long couple of days, but getting into the next round of the FA Cup is important for the club, getting some money in the coffers. We should’ve beat them first time of asking, but now we’ve got to down there and do it again…”
Captain Tom Pope
The 38 year-old former Yeovil player took over as manager in 2015 as spells on the coaching staff. He has been in charge for over a hundred games.
- Port Vale wins: 4
- Port Vale losses: 3
- Draws: 3
The last time the two sides met was earlier this season when Vale secured a 1-1 away draw thanks to a Tom Pope goal.
Played for both…
Port Vale loanee Ben Whitfield had a prior spell at the Glovers where he made 42 appearances and scored three times. Other players to appear for both sides in recent years include:
- Striker AJ Leitch-Smith
- Midfielder Gary Roberts
- Defender Ryan Inniss
- Forward Gavin Tomlin
- Defender Gareth Owen
- Defender Colin Miles