It’s another Friday night fixture but can the Valiants match their cup exploits with a win in Wales?
- Football League
- Friday 10th November
- Rodney Parade
What will the Vale look like?
The Valiants are likely to be significantly different from the side that beat Crewe in the Checkatrade Trophy. The likes of Tom Pope and Tom Anderson are both expected to return. However, Anton Forrester (right) and Chris Regis impressed on Tuesday evening and could push for a place in the starting eleven.
What about the opposition?
Newport have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Friday’s Sky Bet League Two game at home to Port Vale. Mark O’Brien and David Pipe returned against Walsall last weekend and are available again.
“They’re all tough games and we know that if we drop below standards then we won’t pick up points. We are capable and the players who were rested on Tuesday have got to make sure they’re nice and fresh for Friday. Newport have had some good results lately and we know it will be a tough game…”
Vale manager Neil Aspin
The 37 year-old is in his first managerial role in the Football League after a long playing career. The Newport-bron Flynn led the side to Football League survival last season and has been in charge for over 40 games.
- Port Vale wins: 19
- Port Vale losses: 9
- Draws: 11
The last time the two sides met in the league was way back in 1987 but it was still a memorable game for this Vale fan. OVF editor Rob Fielding’s favourite player was Andy Jones (right) and the Welsh striker rattled in five goals as the Valiants ended up winning 6-1.
Played for both…
Vale could face former winger Sean Rigg who is part of the Newport squad. Rigg was at Vale Park for two years before leaving to join Oxford United
Other players to appear for both clubs include:
- Midfielder Ryan Burge
- Midfielder Sam Foley
- Midfielder Tommy O’Sullivan
- Forward Ken Wookey
- Winger Jennison Myrie-Williams