We take a look ahead to our next League One game – Port Vale’s match against Swindon Town on Saturday.
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Manager: Micky Adams
Last game: 2-3 vs Gillingham
Top scorer: Pope (11)[/col]
Manager: Mark Cooper
Last game: 2-2 vs Peterboro (JPT)
Top scorer: N’Guessan (8)
Billy Knott: in contention
Manager Micky Adams has hinted at changes and that could mean that all three subs used against Gillingham could start. Loanee Billy Knott impressed and may take the place of Anthony Griffith while young strikers Ben Williamson and Jordan Hugill are putting pressure on Tom Pope and Gavin Tomlin. Winger Jennison Myrie-Williams may also return after Louis Dodds was preferred for “tactical reasons” against the Gills. Finally, Carl Dickinson returns from suspension and may replace Daniel Jones.
Swindon Town defender Jay McEveley is suspended but Troy Archibald-Henville and Alex Pritchard return from their bans.
[box style=”rounded” ]Possible Vale starting XI:
Grimmer Robertson Davis Dickinson
Myrie-Williams Knott Lines Loft
Loft: expecting tough game
“We are expecting a tough game – Swindon always give us a good game and they battered us earlier on in the season, so hopefully we will play better than that and get some more points at home.”
– Doug Loft
“Swindon lost at the weekend so they will have a point to prove just as we do. We know what they are all about and we have always had tough games against them, even in League Two. It is going to be a tough game, but one that I think we can get something out of.”
– Joe Davis
Tom Pope: scored at the County Ground
Last time we met
Vale suffered a disappointing 5-2 defeat at the County Ground in November with Tom Pope and Lee Hughes scoring consolation goals.
- Vale wins: 28
- Swindon wins: 27
- Draws: 18
Last time we…
Defeated Swindon at home was back in 2007. Vale ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Luke Rodgers and Danny Whitaker (right).
Mohamed: played for both sides
Winger Kaid Mohamed spent a brief spell with Swindon back in 2007. He played 14 games without scoring before leaving to join Forest Green on a free transfer. However, he won’t feature as he’s on loan with Bristol Rovers until the end of the season.
Players to appear for both sides include – Calvin Andrew, Billy Paynter, Tim Parkin, Alex Smith, Paul Edwards, Robin Hulbert, Ralph Hunt, Ashley Westwood, Sam Collins, Ian Miller, Wayne Gray and Tony Sealy.
Vale fans adopt John Rudge masks for a trip to Swindon in the 1990’s