Can Port Vale build on their Friday night win over Southend with a victory over Oldham. We preview the action…
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Manager: Rob Page
Last match: 1-1 vs Scunthorpe United
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Manager: John Sheridan
Last match: 3-1 vs Burton Albion
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We suspect that Vale will line-up with an unchanged starting eleven. Chris Neal (above) will stay in goal after Rob Page confirmed that Jak Alnwick has not yet recovered from injury. Ryan Inniss is in contention for a place in the squad although whether he will make the starting eleven is less likely. Home side Oldham will hope that Jonathan Forte and Aaron Holloway will be in contention.
“It is never easy, whoever you are playing at this stage of the season. All of us are playing for the points for different reasons…”
– Port Vale manager Rob Page
“I expect us to win games at home now, especially with the confidence we have in the team. Hopefully Forte and Holloway will be okay for Tuesday. I’ve got to pick the right team to get the right results…”
– Oldham manager John Sheridan
Last time we met
Uche Ikpeazu scored a 70th minute equaliser as Vale were held at home back in September.
- Vale wins: 28
- Oldham wins: 31
- Draws: 15
Port Vale’s recent record against Oldham: D-L-D-W-L
Vale’s last away win over Oldham was back in 2006 when Akpo Sodje scored the winner in a 1-0 victory
Tony Naylor scored a stunning third as Vale won 3-1 back in 1994. This clip is one of a number of vintage Vale clips on our very own OVF YouTube channel.
Played for both
Port Vale midfielder Anthony Grant spent a brief loan spell with Oldham back in 2006. Grant played two games during a month’s loan from parent club Chelsea.
There are a number of players to appear for both sides, In 2006, midfielder Danny Whitaker (above) turned down an offer from Vale to sign for Athletic. Centre-half Gareth Owen also had two spells at Oldham while striker Ronnie Jepson played for Athletic towards the end of his playing career. Other notable players to appear for both sides include striker Darren Beckford, forward Adrian Littlejohn and a third forward – Chris Killen. Players to spend loan spells at Boundary Park include goalkeeper Mark Grew, striker Marc Richards, left-backs Russell Bromage and Dan Jones.
- The Valiants have never scored more than three goals against Athletic. In contrast, Oldham hit five past Vale in 1933 and 1936 and also hit four goals in 1928 and 1933.
- The two sides first met in 1924 with the game finishing 2-0 to Oldham.
- Vale’s first win over Oldham was the return fixture in 1925. Tom Page scored the Vale winner in a 1-0 victory.