Two minute guide to: Notts County

Two minute guide to: Notts County

The Valiants travel to Notts County on Saturday and here’s another of our brief guides to our next opponents.

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Port Vale

Manager: Micky Adams

Last game: 1-0 vs Walsall

Form: W-W-D-L-W

Top scorer: Pope (16)[/col]

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Notts County

Manager: Shaun Derry

Last game: 1-3 vs Brentford

Form: L-W-W-W-L

Top scorer: McGregor (13)

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Team news

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Doug Loft: Controversial injury?

Friday was dominated with discussion of Doug Loft’s training ground injury with the club confirming that the captain will miss this game. It’s widely expected that Dan Jones will miss out too, so Rob Taylor and Chris Birchall could come into the starting eleven. County’s Haydn Hollis will miss the game through suspension.

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Possible Vale starting XI:

 

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Duffy Robertson Dickinson Taylor

Birchall Knott Lines Myrie-Williams

Tomlin Pope[/box]


Pre-match quotes

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Carl Dickinson – hoping for the right result

“From what I have seen with Shaun Derry – and I have played against him a few times – he is a fighter and I am sure he will be putting that into his team. We are expecting a really tough game on Saturday. They showed when they came here that they have got some really good lads and it is up to us to make sure we give a good account of ourselves and hopefully get the right result.”

– Carl Dickinson

“The gaffer said after the last couple of games that he is going to freshen it up so don’t get too disappointed if you are left out on Saturday. He obviously wants to look at the players who are the fringes as well who he probably hasn’t seen a lot of in the first team this year so maybe there will be changes on Saturday.”

– Mark Grew


History

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Gavin Tomlin: scored the winner

Last time we met

The Valiants won 2-1 back in November thanks to goals from Jennison Myrie-Williams and Gavin Tomlin (penalty).

Overall record

  • Vale wins: 35
  • County wins: 42
  • Draws: 20

Did you know?

Vale have lost on the last two visits to Meadow Lane, their last win was in 2004 when Steve McPhee and Steve Brooker scored in a 2-1 win.


Connections

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Dan Jones: had a spell with County

Both Liam Chilvers and Dan Jones had spells with our opponents Notts County but neither are expected to face their former side.

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matthews-leeOther players to appear for both sides include: Luke Rodgers, Krystian Pearce, David McGoldrick, Neil MacKenzie, Jimmy McGrath, Ian Buxton, George Stabb, Gary Brazil, Andy Williams, Brett Angell, Peter Beadle, Lee Matthews (right), Mark Smith, Lee Ashcroft and Steve Cherry.

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Highlights

Vale’s 2-1 win earlier in the season

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