Our brand new two minute guide looks ahead to Port Vale’s second home game against Lincoln this season…
Pre-match talking points
Port Vale ended their recent run of poor form with a useful 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Burton Albion. Ricky Miller (right) will have done his chances of starting on Saturday no harm with the winning goal. Manny Oyeleke and Cristian Montano remain out of action but Tom Pope, Tom Conlon and Leon Legge should return after being rested for the Trophy game.
It’s also worth noting that this game is available to watch online with details in this OVF article
Cowley hits on winning stat
In an interesting prelude to the action, Danny Cowley had an interesting observation on what happens when Port Vale score first this season.
“You expect a difficult game against a very strong team, a team that you need to be on your toes for from the first whistle. You need to make sure you compete well and defend well. If you get chances you need be to clinical because you don’t get a lot of chances against them. They’re a team where if you are going to get any joy, you’ve got to get everything right…”
Port Vale manager Neil Aspin
“The gaffer pulled me to one side after the game and said he wanted me to play on Tuesday, thinking I could try to get my confidence back up. I had a good game and the Grimsby game has gone now and I am looking forward to Lincoln….”
Port Vale defender Mitch Clark
Man in charge
The aforementioned Danny Cowley has been in charge at Lincoln since 2016 and has brought the club considerable success in his short period in charge. Cowley, 39, has managed 135 games with a 57% success rate.
All the stats in one place…
Our handy infographic gives you all the key information for the weekend fixture including some extraordinary early games between the two sides. Click on the link below to view it.
Read the infographic
Vale forward Louis Dodds will be hoping to push his way into first-team contention and should he do so he will line-up against one of his former clubs. Dodds spent a spell on loan at Lincoln in 2007.