We take a look ahead to Port Vale’s midweek away trip to Crawley Town with another of our brief guides to the opposition…
Micky Adams has hinted at changes and even a “surprise” selection. Dan Jones is definitely out after his red card against Sheffield United, so Carl Dickinson will return at left-back.
However, elsewhere in the side, things are less clear. Veteran Lee Hughes may not be able to manage two games in four days so his place is potentially up for grabs while there have been calls for Tom Pope to be handed a rest. Jordan Hugill has been recalled from his prolific loan spell at Gateshead but it’s unlikely he will receive anything more than a place on the subs bench.
So, it’s guesswork time for our potential Vale starting eleven:
Yates Robertson Chilvers Dickinson
Myrie-Williams Griffith Lines Loft
Crawley will welcome James Hurst back after suspension while Billy Clarke will have a fitness test.
“We’ve got a strong set of lads and good experience in the dressing room and we move on and take the positives from it.”
– Adam Yates
“It is 11 v 11 tonight and we will try to attack and score goals.”
– Micky Adams
Last time we met:
The two teams last played a game back in March 2012 where Crawley recorded a 3-2 home win. Vale had taken the lead through Marc Richards but Sergio Torres equalised and Clayton McDonald (above) was sent-off. Louis Dodds then extended Vale’s lead before two late strikes from Gary Alexander gave the home side the three points.
- Port Vale wins: 0
- Crawley wins: 1
- Draws: 1
Striker Callum Willock spent a brief spell with the Valiants in 2007. He made twelve starts (plus eight sub appearances) scoring four times. However, in January 2008 he opted to join Stevenage in preference to the Valiants and after a year in Bedfordshire he moved on to Crawley where he made sixteen appearances, scoring twice.
Never give up…
The Crawley crest contains the Latin motto “Noli cedere” which can be roughly translated as “never give up…”
After nearly fifty years at the Town Mead ground, Crawley moved to the Broadfield Stadium in 1997. It has been upgraded to a capacity of 5,000 with the record attendance 4,723 against Crewe Alexandra in 2012, the first game to take place after the 2,000 seater East Stand was completed.
Crawley’s last game: won 1-0 at home to Bradford
Port Vale: W-W-D-L-L-L
Vale top scorer: Pope – 5 goals (right)
Crawley top scorer: Clarke/Walsh – 4 goals
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