Two minute guide to: Coventry City v Port Vale

Two minute guide to: Coventry City v Port Vale

Michael Brown will be desperate for a win – here’s our guide to Vale’s next league game…


Match details

  • Football League
  • Saturday 9th September
  • Ricoh Arena

Team news

tyrone-barnettWhat will the Vale look like?

The Valiants could be boosted upfront by Tyrone Barnett’s successful 60 minute spell for the reserves. However, the big striker will probably only make the bench. There are options at right-back after Adam Yates returned from loan and rival Lawrie Wilson picked up a head injury.

jack-grimmerWhat about the opposition?

Like Vale, City are struggling for goals and that may mean a recall for playmaker Tony Andreu in a bid to add more creativity to the side. His return may come at the expense of Stuart Beavon. Former Vale loanee Jack Grimmer (right) should face his former club.

Pre-match quote

“You break it down and look, but we have to put the ball in the net, that is the truth of it…”

Michael Brown on the team’s goal shortage

Boss watch

Mark Robins

An experienced lower league performer, Robins is now closing on 450 games as a manager. He began his managerial career at Rotherham United and this is his second spell with Coventry.

History lesson

Overall record

  • Port Vale wins: 11
  • Port Vale losses: 10
  • Draws: 11

michael-oconnor-2014Last time we…

The last time we won at Coventry was in 2015 when a late Michael O’Connor strike earned Vale all three points in a five goal thriller. The home side took the lead early through James O’Brien but Tom Pope and Mark Marshall put Vale ahead. A strike from Odelusi levelled matters but O’Connor’s 76th minute effort sealed the Vale win.

Classic clash

Not a clash as such, but Sam Kelly’s stunning strike from February 2016 is well worth another watch.

chris-birchallPlayed for both…

Jack Grimmer could face the Valiants after joining Coventry in the summer. The Scottish defender spent a loan spell with Vale in 2014.

Other players to appear for both sides include:

  • Winger Chris Birchall (right)
  • Striker Keith Houchen
  • Winger Mark Marshall
  • Inside-forward Albert Pynegar
  • Defender Peter Billing
  • Striker Lee Hughes
  • Forward Lee Mills
  • Defender Richard Duffy

While you are here…

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