Two minute guide to: Swindon (H)

Two minute guide to: Swindon (H)

Here’s our traditional brief OVF guide to the next visitors to Vale Park…

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Port Vale

Manager: Rob Page

Last match: 3-2 vs Coventry

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Swindon

Manager: Mark Cooper

Last match: 3-0 vs Notts County

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Team news

Ryan McGivern: Should replace Ryan Inniss

After five unchanged starting elevens, Rob Page will be forced into at least one change due to the injury and subsequent departure of impressive loanee Ryan Inniss. Another Ryan – Ryan McGivern – is set to replace him. We don’t anticipate many more changes with the exception of loanee Tommy O’Sullivan taking Chris Lines‘ place on the bench.

Swindon manager Mark Cooper has no new injury worries after coming through last week’s win at Notts County unscathed.

Possible Vale starting XI:

Neal

Veseli – McGivern – Robertson – Dickinson

Marshall – Brown – O’Connor – Moore

Pope – Williamson

 

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Pre-match quote

“We know they are going to come here and go for the win. They are not going to park the bus so hopefully it will be an open game…”

– Ben Williamson

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Last time we met

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Tom Pope: scored Vale’s last goal versus Town

Vale lost 1-0 back in December with prolific striker Andy Williams scoring the winner in the 56th minute. The last meeting at Vale Park also ended with defeat – this time 2-3. Doug Loft and Tom Pope put Vale into a 2-0 lead but three second-half goals gave Swindon all three points

Overall record

  • Vale wins: 28
  • Swindon wins: 29
  • Draws: 18

Trivia

Luke Rodgers: scored the last time Vale beat Swindon

The Valiants have an awful recent record against Swindon having lost all of the last six games between the sides.

The Vale have also shipped goals during those six defeats with Town hitting 22 goals – an average of over three goals per game.

Vale’s last home win over Swindon was back in 2007 when Luke Rodgers and Danny Whitaker scored in a 2-1 win.

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They played for both…

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Mark Marshall: set to face his former club

Winger Mark Marshall also spent a short spell with Swindon earlier in his career. A second Vale player, Kaid Mohamed, also played for Swindon but as he is on loan at Northampton, he won’t feature in this match.

Other players to appear for both sides include:

  • Forward Danny N’Guessan
  • Striker Billy Paynter
  • Defender Tim Parkin (right)
  • Striker Ken Beamish
  • Winger Ian Miller
  • Striker Calvin Andrew

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