Can Port Vale continue their fine recent form with an away victory against Scunthorpe United? We preview the action…
We’re not expecting any major changes to the starting line-up following Vale’s fine recent form. However, after both had a reserve outing in midweek midfield duo Tom Conlon (pictured right) and Will Atkinson could potentially make the Vale bench. Manager John Askey has confirmed that Manny Oyeleke and Adam Crookes are both potentially out until the New Year.
The clubs last met back in 2017 when it ended in a 3-2 win for the home side. Vale’s goals were scored by forwards Tyler Walker and JJ Hooper (pictured right) but Tom Hopper’s 72nd minute winner proved decisive. Vale have a terrible away record against the Iron with their last victory away from Vale Park coming back in 1973.
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Managed by Paul Hurst, Scunthorpe sit in position in League Two. Experienced forwards Kevin van Veen and Lee Novak are the top scorers with four League goals apiece while other well-known faces include experienced midfielder Adam Hammill and former Crewe man Ryan Colclough.
Vale defender Shaun Brisley (pictured right)spent a loan spell with Scunthorpe back in 2014. Brisley, then a Peterborough United player made seven appearances during his stay.
There are plenty of other players who have appeared for both sides in recent years. The list includes goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, midfielder Michael O’Connor, goalkeeper Joe Anyon, midfielder Paul Harsley and striker Greg Luer.
“Everyone is feeling good, we’re going into games now kind of expecting ourselves to win, not in an arrogant way but we’re setting demands. We’ve got high standards and we want to go and win every game…
Port Vale midfielder Luke Joyce (right)
After a dramatic win over Macclesfield, a result overshadowed by the collapse of advertising hoardings, Vale draw Scunthorpe United in the second round of the FA Cup. The Valiants served up a comprehensive 4-1 win thanks to goals from Ally Brown, Eamonn O’Keefe, Russell Bromage (pictured right) and Ian Griffiths. It was enough to secure a lucrative third round tie against first division West Ham in round three.