We take a look at Tuesday night’s visit to Valley Parade with a brief look at our opponents Bradford City.
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Manager: Micky Adams
Last game: 0-0 vs Shrewsbury
Top scorer: Pope (12)[/col]
Manager: Phil Parkinson
Last game: 0-1 vs Carlisle
Top scorer: Hanson (9)
Tom Pope: expected to play
Vale are expected to stick with the same starting eleven that drew with Shrewsbury after striker Tom Pope recovered from a neck injury. It means that youngsters Joe Davis and Jack Grimmer will continue in central defence and will be looking for a third successive clean sheet.
Bradford’s Mark Yeates could return after four games out through injury but Matt Taylor and Raffaele De Vita are expected to miss out.
[box style=”rounded” ]Possible Vale starting XI:
Yates Grimmer Davis Dickinson
Loft Griffith Lines Jones
Adam Yates: worried about the Bradford threat
“Bradford is a difficult place to go. We went there last year and got totally dominated in the game but came away with a point. I am sure that will be in their manager’s and their players’ thoughts when we go there. We played well against them here earlier this season, but they are a team that have struggled of late. Despite that they are a team that can hurt us and if you look at what their threats are they can be a threat up front and a threat getting balls into the box and we have got to deal with that accordingly, because if we don’t we are going to be in trouble.”
– Adam Yates
“We are still in touch with the teams above us so we have to keep positive. We are not too far off, and if we keep winning we might sneak in.”
– Chris Lines
Lee Hughes: scored against City back in August
Last time we met
The Valiants won 2-1 at Vale Park back in August. Vale’s goals came from Lee Hughes and captain Doug Loft.
- Vale wins: 32
- Bradford wins: 41
- Draws: 27
Did you know?
Bradford is a happy hunting ground for the Valiants. We are unbeaten in the league at Valley Parade since 2006 with Vale securing three wins and two draws.
City also appears to be a lucky team for striker Tom Pope with the forward netting four times against the Clarets.
Former Bradford player Lee Sinnott managed the Valiants
Players to appear for both sides include:
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, Will Atkinson, Ron Futcher (right), Neville Southall, Ashley Westwood, Jake Speight, Peter Griffiths, Bernie Wright and Lee Mills. Former Bradford City player Lee Sinnott has managed the Valiants.