Here’s our brief guide to Port Vale’s next fixture – an away trip to Carlisle on Saturday afternoon…
Vale form guide
Vale’s top scorers
Predict the score
Can Vale really make it a hat-trick of league wins and pull themselves further away from trouble.
After their away win over Carlisle, it’s another long trip for the Valiants but hopes must be reasonably high…
What will the Vale look like?
Cristian Montano (right) will return from suspension but James Gibbons will be missing for another three games.
Vale could well start with Tyrone Barnett after the striker came on at half-time against Carlisle and scored.
“If we prepare right like we do every week, we’ve got every chance of getting a result on Saturday. The Christmas period is important and we need to get a good run of results because games are so close together. If we have a slip up there’s only a few days to put things right, but hopefully everyone else is celebrating Christmas and we’re picking up points…”
Striker Tyrone Barnett
45 year-old John McGreal had spells with Tranmere, Burnley and Ipswich as a player. This is his first managerial role after he was appointed on a full-time basis in 2016.
- Port Vale wins: 20
- Port Vale losses: 23
- Draws: 12
The last time we travelled to Colchester was in 2015 when, despite Colin Daniel (right) scoring, Vale slipped to a 2-1 defeat.
Our last win at Colchester was in 2014 when Mark Marshall and Daniel (again) scored in a 2-1 win.
Played for both…
There are a quartet of former Valiants in the Colchester squad in Luke Prosser, Doug Loft and former loanees Ryan Inniss (right) and Tommy O’Sullivan.