We preview the action as an injury-hit Vale side take on Steve Evans’ Rotherham United side on Monday.
Manager: Micky Adams
Last game: 1-0 vs Milton Keynes
Top scorer: Pope (16)
Manager: Steve (boo) Evans
Last game: 4-6 vs Wolves
Top scorer: Agard (24)
Jordan Hugill: set to start the match
Vale have an injury crisis and could have any fifteen fit players to pick from. Striker Tom Pope is the latest to pick up a knock with the striker expected to miss the rest of the season. Jordan Hugill, who scored after replacing Pope, is set to start upfront.
Ruled out of the game are (deep breath)… Liam Chilvers, Rob Taylor, Chris Lines, Doug Loft, Tom Pope, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Joe Davis, Ryan Boot and Chris Neal.
Possible Vale starting XI:
Yates Duffy Robertson Dickinson
Lloyd Knott Griffith Dodds
Micky Adams: Squad down to bare bones
” re-assess and see what we have got fit and available for the Rotherham game.”
– Micky Adams on the injury crisis
“Hopefully I could have a good run to the end of the season and get offered something. I am just concentrating on getting the goals in. I would love to stay here, the fans have been excellent with me and taken me in as one of their own.”
– Jordan Hugill
Louis Dodds: scored in the last meeting
Last time we met
Vale ended 2013 with a win as they defeated Rotherham 2-0 thanks to goals from Louis Dodds and Gavin Tomlin.
- Vale wins: 25
- Rotherham wins: 23
- Draws: 12
Did you know?
Vale have won the last five meetings between the two sides including the side’s only previous visit to the New York stadium.
Tom Pope: usually the centre of attention at Vale-Rotherham games
Striker Tom Pope is usually the subject of much attention after five goals in two games against his former club last season. However, Pope won’t make this game as he picked up an injury against Milton Keynes.
Other players to appear for both sides include:
Gary Roberts (above)
Action from Vale’s win earlier in the season.
A few facts about Rotherham’s manager Steve Evans…
- Evans admitted cheating the taxman of £250,000 in court
- He was successfully prosecuted for tax evasion
- He narrowly avoiding being the first League manager to be jailed
- He was fined £8,000 for impeding an FA inquiry
- He was also fined £1,000 for insulting a match official