Can Port Vale bounce back from defeat against FGR with a win over Yeovil?
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The defeat to Forest Green Rovers was desperately poor and Vale will be keen to make sure that was just a blip after their recent fine form. The Valiants will be keen not to drawn back into the relegation battlefield and the best way to prevent that is with a home win.
What will the Vale look like?
There has been a gradual shake-up of the Vale squad but despite that the starting line-up should not look too different. Tom Anderson (right) is expected to have recovered from his badly broken nose and take his place in defence while new signing Donovan Wilson will battle with Tyrone Barnett and Dior Angus to be Tom Pope’s striking partner.
“We are going to be playing a team on the up in terms of confidence. They have had two good wins in the cup and everybody will be desperate to play in the Manchester United game so they will get a knock on effect from that…”
The 38 year-old former Yeovil player is in his first managerial position after spells on the Yeovil coaching staff. He was appointed in 2015 and has been in charge for more than a hundred games.
- Port Vale wins: 4
- Port Vale losses: 4
- Draws: 3
The last time we played Yeovil was a bit of a thriller as nine-man Vale took their FA Cup replay into extra-time thanks to wonderstrikes from Marcus Harness and Antony Kay.
Played for both…
Port Vale loanee Ben Whitfield (right) 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