All change for the Vale as they prepare to face their second West Country opponents in a row…
- Football League
- Saturday 23rd September
- Huish Park
What will the Vale look like?
That’s a good question. Will caretakers Chris Morgan (right) and David Kelly make changes now Michael Brown has departed? Winger Cristian Montano, goalkeeper Rob Lainton and striker Anton Forrester are out while Tyrone Barnett is doubtful but it looks like places are up for grabs for the rest of the starting eleven.
What about the opposition?
Yeovil will continue to assess striker Olufela Olomola ahead of the game. The 20-year-old on-loan Southampton forward has missed the Glovers’ last two matches with a leg problem, but could be back in contention.
“We pick the team, we do the coaching day in day out, but it is an old cliché that once those players cross the white line on a Saturday afternoon, and the whistle blows at three o’clock, they are in charge of the decisions they make. We have tried to make them aware of that. We have tried to instil some organisation into them, as we always have done, but also with a will for them to go and express themselves as professional footballers…”
Vale caretaker Chris Morgan
A former player who played for the club for eight years, 37 year-old Way was appointed manager in 2015 after a spell as assistant to Paul Sturrock. He has now been in charge for 96 games with a 31% win percentage.
- Port Vale wins: 4
- Port Vale losses: 3
- Draws: 1
Last time we…
The last time we beat Yeovil, the winner was scored by (can you guess) Michael Brown! The Vale won 2-1 in 2015 thanks to goals from Tom Pope and the former manager. The previous three visits to Huish Park however, have all ended in defeat.
Here’s that very game…
Played for both…
Ben Whitfield could face a side for whom he has also appeared on loan.
Players to appear for both clubs include:
- Left-back Colin Miles (right)
- Forward AJ Leith-Smith
- Striker Luke Rodgers
- Midfielder Sam Foley
- Midfielder Gary Roberts
- Defender Ryan Inniss