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.
When and where
Man in charge
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.
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.
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
Last Vale win
Home form against Crawley
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.
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.