Two minute guide to Port Vale versus Burton Albion

Our brand new two minute guide looks ahead to Port Vale’s Checkatrade Trophy clash…

Anthony GrantLast time we met…

It wasn’t a pleasant experience for the Valiants as they crashed 4-0 at home back in March 2016. To add to Vale’s misery Anthony Grant (left) scored an own-goal. Read our match report here

Pre-match talking points

Louis Dodds

It has been a topsy-turvy time for the Valiants who have now followed two wins with two defeats. The Grimsby match ended in controversial circumstances with manager Neil Aspin embroiled in disputes with both home and away fans.

Manager Neil Aspin has said he will make changes so Vale’s line-up for the cup clash will make interesting viewing with the likes of Idris Kanu and Louis Dodds (right) possible starters. On the other hand, Burton boss Nigel Clough says he will name a strong line-up.


Neil Aspin“Firstly I’ve got to weigh up whose not going to play and then decide how many changes I can make. There must be thought behind it and there must be a reason why I’m doing something, and we need to look at which players are going to benefit from the game. I’ll take my time to decide, possibly a couple of people will play that I didn’t see playing a week ago…”

Port Vale manager Neil Aspin

“Everybody else will be involved and we will start with as strong as team as we can. After Saturday everything is under review. If you are not winning you have to look at everything so formations might change a bit. We will have a look at one or two things tomorrow night. Everybody gets opportunities and if they get left out there are very good reasons and they have to do more to stay in the team…”

Burton manager Nigel Clough

Man in charge

The aforementioned Nigel Clough is now 52 years old and after spells with Derby County and Sheffield United he is back at Burton for a second time. He is closing in on 500 games as a manager.

Featured connection

Marcus HarnessVale could come up against former loanee Marcus Harness on Tuesday evening. The wideman made 42 appearances for the Valiants on loan last season, scoring two goals.

Port Vale signHead-to-head…

The two clubs have met ten times. Vale have won four, Burton have won three and there have been three draws. Vale’s best performance was that memorable 7-1 home victory in 2013…