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Askey praises the players
A delighted John Askey was full of praise for his players after their 3-0 win over Yeovil gave the side six points from two home games. It’s highly likely that Vale will name the same starting eleven for the trip to Swindon with top-scorer Tom Pope still an injury doubt.
Vale manager is confident ahead of Swindon trip
“We can go there with confidence. It will be tough because Swindon are decent, especially at home. But we have proved that, whoever we play against, if we perform like that then we have a chance in every game…”
Port Vale manager John Askey
“We were disappointed with the result against Carlisle but the performance, the energy and everything else was OK, but against Stevenage, it wasn’t. We’ve got two home games now where we need a response…”
Swindon manager Ritchie Wellens
Swindon have a lead historically
Over the years, Swindon have won thirty four times compared with Vale’s thirty victories. The last time we met was earlier this season when Vale lost 1-0 at home. The last Vale scorer against the Robins was winger Cristian Montano who netted in a 3-2 loss last season.
The Valiants have an awful record at the County Ground being winless in their last ten visits.
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Wellens in place at Swindon
Former Blackpool and Leicester midfielder Ritchie Wellens was appointed manager of Swindon in November. He had previously been in charge of Oldham Athletic. The 38 year-old has a 40% win ratio during his brief time in charge.
Former January target could feature against Vale
Vale’s unsuccessful pursuit of former striker Marc Richards in January was well documented. The veteran forward ultimately remained at Swindon and has been on the bench in recent games.
36 year-old Richards scored 75 goals during his time with the Valiants and has now hit fifteen for Swindon.
Plenty have played for both sides
Port Vale’s Cristian Montano could face one of his former clubs. The same cannot be said of Swindon’s Chris Robertson (right) as the defender is out on loan at Havant & Waterlooville at the moment.
However, Jak McCourt, who had a brief loan spell with Vale could feature as could striker Theo Robinson who is on loan at Swindon from Southend United.
Crossing the lines…
Other players to appear for both clubs in recent years include:
- Defender Ryan McGivern (right)
- Winger Mark Marshall
- Defender Ben Purkiss
- Striker Calvin Andrew