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Pre-match talking points
Leon Legge has earned much praise from pretty much everyone bar Crewe manager David Artell after his match-winning performance against the Alex. The Vale defence will be hoping to continue their good work against Exeter.
Manny Oyeleke also earned praise and he is hoping to remain fit after missing the start of the season through injury. The form of Oyeleke and Luke Hannant have prompted many to urge the club to sign them up on long-term deals.
“They’re always important the home games. We’ve got an important game Saturday because of the league position of the opposition. We need to try and get that same atmosphere that we generated at the Crewe game. The fans need to see the players putting in the effort and then they respond – they can do the same in our home games. We have to try and get consistent performances to draw bigger crowds meaning better atmosphere at the games.”…”
Port Vale manager Neil Aspin
“Every time I’ve been to Port Vale, as a coach or as a player, it’s always been a difficult place to go and this weekend will be no different. They’re in good form, but so are we, I expect it to be a good game of football. They play a certain way and we respect that fully, we have to back ourselves in terms of if we put in a performance we’ll give ourselves an opportunity to take something out of the game….”
Exeter City manager Matt Taylor
Man in charge
36 year-old former defender Matt Taylor took over from the long-serving Paul Tisdale in June. Taylor ended his playing days at Bath City after a largely West County focused playing career which saw spells at Exeter and Cheltenham. Since taking charge he has won seven of his thirteen games as a manager.
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Manny Oyeleke may be a big success for the Valiants this season but his spell at Exeter in 2015 was less so. After being released by Brentford, Oyeleke was signed on a free transfer. However, the midfielder made just seven starts in an injury -disrupted spell before being released at the end of the season.