Two minute guide to: Cheltenham v Port Vale

Two minute guide to: Cheltenham v Port Vale

The Valiants need to rediscover their form – will they do so against Cheltenham this Saturday?


Essentials

Match details

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Vale form guide

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Vale’s top scorers

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Predict the score

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News

2017-vale-park-cloudsMatch background

2018 has been a disappointing year so far for Neil Aspin’s Port Vale team who remain without a win.

The goalless draw against Morecambe did little to lighten the mood so will an upturn in Vale’s away form help their cause?

They travel to the West Country this weekend in search of an elusive three points.

anton-forresterWhat will the Vale look like?

Anton Forrester (right) has forced his way into contention with a rapidfire hat-trick for the reserves.

However, the forward has been challenged to be more consistent by manage Neil Aspin so he may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Danny Pugh may line-up as left-back over Zac Jules. Midfielder Chris Regis may also come into the equation as may recent signing Callum Howe.

neil-aspin-altPre-match quote

“Cheltenham have changed some personnel and they have switched formation from when we played them at home. We are all desperate to get points and every game is difficult, but we have to be confident, play our own game and be brave…”

Neil Aspin

“Both teams would feel at times they look like being top half, but other performances we haven’t played well to be in the top half. Both teams could still either be bottom half or two half so it’s a big game on Saturday. We won’t go up too many places, but getting points quickly now can stop you having to try and get points later on…”

Gary Johnson


Boss watch

Gary Johnson

The vastly experienced 62 year-old is closing on 1,000 games as a manager (he’s currently on 990) and has been in charge at Cheltenham since 2015.


History lesson

Overall record

  • Port Vale wins: 5
  • Port Vale losses: 5
  • Draws: 5

pope-non-watermarkLast time…

The last time Vale played Cheltenham was in October when two goals from Tom Pope (right) and another from Ben Whitfield helped Vale to a 3-1 win.

The last time Vale travelled to Cheltenham was in 2012 when a goal from Louis Dodds earned Vale a 1-1 draw.

kaid-mohamedPlayed for both…

Kaid Mohamed has been in the news recently after he moved from Bath City to Chippenham Town. The winger (right) has had spells at both clubs after he joined the Valiants from Cheltenham in 2013.

Other players to appear for both clubs in recent years include:

  • Defender Chris Banks
  • Defender Ryan Inniss
  • Winger Ashley Vincent
  • Forward Tony Naylor