We take a look ahead to our next League One game – Port Vale’s visit to Gillingham on Saturday.
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Manager: Micky Adams
Last game: 1-3 vs Brighton (FAC)
Top scorer: Pope (11)[/col]
Manager: Peter Taylor
Last game: 1-2 vs Brentford
Top scorer: Kedwell, McDonald (10)
Midfielder Billy Knott is eligible to play after being cup-tied against Brighton. Knott is likely to make the Vale bench. Meanwhile, Carl Dickinson is still suspended so Dan Jones and Adam Yates will compete to be named as left-back. Jones is back in contention after recovering from injury.
Jack Marriott has returned to Ipswich after his loan spell at Gillingham. Boss Peter Taylor has hinted at defensive changes following the 2-1 loss to Brentford.
[box style=”rounded” ]Possible Vale starting XI:
Grimmer Robertson Davis Jones
Myrie-Williams Griffith Lines Loft
“We’ve got another big game on Saturday. Port Vale’s gonna be a dangerous team. They know the division. They’ll always be coming back at you.”
– Peter Taylor
Tom Pope: two in two against Gillingham
Last time we met
The Valiants won 2-1 in October thanks to goals from Robertson and Pope. In fact, Tom Pope has now netted in the last two games the clubs have played.
- Vale wins: 15
- Gillingham wins: 14
- Draws: 15
Last time we…
Won at the Priestfield was last season when debutant Lee Hughes (pictured right) and that man Tom Pope were the heroes in a 2-1 Vale win.
Tomlin: prolific spell with the Gills
Striker Gavin Tomlin spent a spell with Gillingham in 2012. He netted an impressive six goals in ten games before leaving to join Southend United. Vale manager Micky Adams received his playing break after he was released by boyhood idols Sheffield United. During a four year stay in Kent, Adams made 92 league appearances and subsequently secured a move to top-flight club Coventry for £85,000.
Other players to appear for both clubs include: defenders Tony Butler, Gary West and Brian McGlinchey; midfielders Simon Osborn and Jeff Johnson plus strikers Gary Mulligan (pictured right) and Peter Beadle.