Our brand new two minute guide looks ahead to Port Vale latest home fixture…
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Pre-match talking points
The main talking point for Vale ahead of the game concerns the role of striker Ricky Miller. After a couple of decent performances as a sub, the question is whether the side should start with him or continue to use him as an impact sub.
Vale will be heartened by the news that Manny Oyeleke and Tom Conlon both got through their return from injury without setbacks and will inject energy into the midfield.
Northampton will be missing rumoured former Port Vale target Junior Morais as the forward was injured shortly after scoring his first goal for the club.
“The supporters have proven that if the team puts in the effort and commitment and plays some good football like they did in the Newport game, they’ll accept if you don’t get the right results and that’s something we have to bear in mind.
“We have to keep the level of performance up and you will expect if we can perform well then results will follow. It’s important we don’t disappoint the home support by not playing well. We want to get a win obviously but I think we need to put in a good performance as well…”
Port Vale manager Neil Aspin
“If you get dropped to the bench there is no point kicking your toys out of the pram. I don’t think I had a shot in four games so he was probably justified. So, you just have to make sure that when you come on, you show that you are hungry to do well for the team and that you are with him and ready to put the work in. I think I have done that and every footballer wants to start. Let’s see what happens on Saturday…”
Port Vale striker Ricky Miller
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Man in charge
Former Spurs and Crystal Palace defender Dean Austin was assistant to Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink and when the latter was sacked he was appointed caretaker. In May 2018 Austin was given the job on a permanent basis and he’s now taken charge of fourteen games as manager.
From the vaults
Some photos from our promotion game against Northampton back in 2013…
Former midfielder Sam Foley should be making a return to Vale Park on Saturday. The former Yeovil man joined the Valiants in 2015 and made 77 appearances, scoring seven times before joining Town in 2017. The 31 year-old is now closing on 400 appearances.
There have been a crop of players associated with both clubs in recent years including JJ Hooper, Marc Richards, Jak McCourt, Luke Prosser and Kaid Mohamed.