We take a look at Saturday’s game against local rivals Wolves with another of our brief guides to our opponents.
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Manager: Micky Adams
Last game: 1-3 vs Crewe
Top scorer: Pope (13)[/col]
Manager: Kenny Jackett
Last game: 3-0 vs Brentford
Top scorer: Griffiths (13)
Micky Adams: set to make changes
Micky Adams has warned that no places in the Vale side are secure following the home defeat to Crewe. Anthony Griffith misses out and is expected to be replaced by Billy Knott. In central defence it could be any two from Joe Davis, Jack Grimmer, Richard Duffy and Carl Dickinson. We would also expect several changes from Saturday’s starting eleven. In contrast, opponents Wolves are likely to be unchanged.
[box style=”rounded” ]Possible Vale starting XI:
Yates Grimmer Davis Dickinson
Loft Knott Lines Myrie-Williams
Micky Adams: expecting a tough game
“They have got some good players, fantastic support, a great stadium we are going to go to on Saturday and we have got to motivate ourselves, no be fearful of it, but to embrace it and to go there and have a go and if we do that, great. We have certainly got to improve from what we did against Crewe because if we don’t we are going to get hammered.”
– Micky Adams
“It was a feisty game up there, and Port Vale have a lot of crossing ability – they put the ball into the box and get bodies in there. That sounds very simplistic but they’re very good at it. They’re always very competitive and always very well organised, as you’d expect from such an experienced manager who’s done very well wherever he’s been.”
– Kenny Jackett
Tom Pope: scored against Wolves in August
Last time we met
The Valiants lost 3-1 back in August with Tom Pope netting a consolation goal for the Vale.
- Vale wins: 8
- Wolves wins: 25
- Draws: 10
Did you know?
The last Vale recorded an away victory over Wolves was back in 1996.
Tony Naylor scored the winner in a 1-0 victory.
Dan Jones: will take on the side he supports
Dan Jones started his career at Wolves. Jones made a total of ten appearances for Wanderers before leaving for Sheffield Wednesday.
Other players to appear for both sides include:
• Lee Collins (right)
• Mark ‘super sub’ Burke
• Lee Mills
• Bob Hazell
• Mike Stowell
• Alan Dodd
• Chris Cornes
• Graham Hawkins
• Teddy Peers
• Dick Danks
• Jack Needham