Match Preview: Port Vale versus Crawley Town, 14th March 2020

It’s another important game as the Valiants begin a double header at home with a game against Crawley Town. Here’s our match preview feature.

Essentials

Reminder: there is a special ticket offer for this game and the following Bradford home game. More details here

Ticket offer

Reminder: there is a special ticket offer for this game and the following Bradford home game. More details here
Vale Park, Burslem. 3pm kick-off on Saturday 14th March 2020.

When and where

Vale Park, Burslem. 3pm kick-off on Saturday 14th March 2020.
Darren Drysdale will take charge of the game which is his 9th Sky Bet League Two match so far this season.

Man in charge

Darren Drysdale will take charge of the game which is his 9th Sky Bet League Two match so far this season.

Bennett exit opens opportunity for Archer

The Valiants were unlucky not to earn a win over Cheltenham Town last weekend and that form could see John Askey named an unchanged line-up for Saturday’s game. 

However, there could be changes on the Valiants bench. The sale of Richie Bennett to Stockport County could see Jordan Archer promoted to sub duty, while loanee Jake Taylor may also return after returning from illness.

New signing Richie Bennett
Port Vale bucket collection

Supporters Club are fundraising on Saturday

Port Vale’s Official Supporters Club will be holding a bucket collection in aid of the “Stand Together” Lorne St stand initiative during the home game with Crawley Town.

The collection will boost funds after nearly £9,000 was raised online in a little over a week.

You can donate online here

Pre-match quote

These positions don’t come along very often. So, you have to make sure that you grab it with both hands. That is the message to the players. You are in this position, you have done well so far. Don’t let it fall by the wayside….

Manager John Askey

Port Vale 2-1 Mansfield Town - manager John Askey

Head-to-head

The clubs first met competitively in 2011 in a League Two fixture at Vale Park. It finished in a 2-2 draw with Marc Richards and Louis Dodds scoring for the Valiants.

First Meeting

The clubs first met competitively in 2011 in a League Two fixture at Vale Park. It finished in a 2-2 draw with Marc Richards and Louis Dodds scoring for the Valiants.
The Valiants earned a narrow 1-0 away victory last season thanks to a winning goal from Ricky Miller.

Last Vale win

The Valiants earned a narrow 1-0 away victory last season thanks to a winning goal from Ricky Miller.
The Valiants hold the advantage with six wins compared to Crawley's three. There have also been two draws.

Overall record

The Valiants hold the advantage with six wins compared to Crawley’s three. There have also been two draws.
It's dead even with two wins and two losses for the Valiants. Vale won the last fixture in 2018 but lost the previous two.

Home form against Crawley

It’s dead even with two wins and two losses for the Valiants. Vale won the last fixture in 2018 but lost the previous two.

Form

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Crawley Town crest

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Crawley Town manager John Yems

Opposition Guide

It appears to be a season of two halves for Crawley at the moment. Their home form is good with two successive wins but on their travels they are without an away victory since late August.

The team have been managed by John Yems (pictured) since December 2019.  He has won six of his eighteen games in charge.

Tall forward Ollie Palmer, who was linked with a Vale move, is the top scorer with thirteen goals in the league. However, the player in goalscoring form right now is Ashley Nadesan who has netted in the last three games.

John Yems photo (c) Crawley Town FC

Played for both

Midfielder Nathan Ferguson had the briefest of Port Vale careers. After joining in 2016 he made just one sub appearance before being released. He’d had a much better time since joining Crawley in the summer of 2019. He currently has six goals this season as he quickly became a regular in the first-team.

Port Vale midfielder Nathan Ferguson
Vale back-up goalkeeper Jonny Maddison had a loan spell with Crawley Town in 2013 before the move was made permanent. However, he made a senior appearance.

Jonny Maddison

Vale back-up goalkeeper Jonny Maddison had a loan spell with Crawley Town in 2013 before the move was made permanent. However, he made a senior appearance.
The targetman had an injury-plagued spell at Vale Park between 2016 and 2018. Earlier in his career, Barnett spent a year with Crawley between 2010 and 2011.

Tyrone Barnett

The targetman had an injury-plagued spell at Vale Park between 2016 and 2018. Earlier in his career, Barnett spent a year with Crawley between 2010 and 2011.
The pacy forward played for Vale during the 2013-14 season before moving on for a two-year stay with Crawley Town.

Gavin Tomlin

The pacy forward played for Vale during the 2013-14 season before moving on for a two-year stay with Crawley Town.

Classic clash

An inspired switch by manager Micky Adams saw Jordan Hugill brought into the Vale attack and the rookie inspired a Valiants away win. The goals came from louis Dodds, Doug Loft and Ben Williamson.

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