After late heartbreak against Tranmere Rovers at the weekend can John Askey’s side bounce back against Scunthorpe United?
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Teams: Port Vale v Scunthorpe United
Competition: League Two
Venue: Vale Park Stadium
Kick-off: Tuesday 14th November, 7pm
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Well, Vale were doing pretty well in the League with three wins in a row until that dramatic loss to Tranmere on Saturday afternoon. Scunthorpe’s form is the reverse with a dreadful run ended with a welcome win over Oldham Athletic on Saturday. Prior to that result, Scunthorpe had lost five in a row in the League as well as defeats in the FA Cup and Football League Trophy.
Port Vale team news:
The Valiants will be missing Luke Joyce for three games now. There is talk of changing the system but we think the 4-3-3 is so integral to John Askey’s style that it’s more likely to be a straight swop for the suspended Joyce. If that’s the case then fit again Manny Oyeleke is favourite with perhaps Danny Whitehead, if available, as another option. Cristian Montano is also pushing for a recall at left-back.
Brown – Clark, Legge, Smith, Montano – Oyeleke, Burgess, Conlon – Worrall, Pope, Amoo
One to watch:
Scott Burgess showed a glimpse of his quality with a superb through ball in the build-up to Vale’s opener on Saturday. He’s coming into form and now just needs to have more of an impact on matches.
Opposition team news:
Scunthorpe will be missing former Port Vale loan midfielder Jake Taylor who is currently self-isolating. Also missing is Aaron Jarvis with a hamstring injury while Jordan Clarke is a doubt after coming off in the game against Oldham Athletic
One to watch: Veteran Kevin van Veen was missing through injury at the start of the season but has marked his return with two goals in three games.
Former Aston Villa defender Neil Cox has been in charge since August but has had a chastening start to his Scunthorpe reign. After fourteen games, he has a win ratio of just 14%.
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Port Vale is always a difficult game as they’re a good side. They beat us earlier in the season in the Carabao Cup but I thought we gave them a good game…
Scunthorpe Utd manager Neil Cox
As we’ve mentioned earlier in this feature, Vale will miss the chance to face former loanee Jake Taylor who is self-isolating. Taylor was an outstanding success while on loan from Nottingham Forest last season, playing 25 games and scoring seven goals. However, Valiants striker Theo Robinson has a chance to play against a side where he had a brief loan spell in 2015. It’s a similar story for defender Shaun Brisley who had a brief loan spell at Scunthorpe in 2014.
Played for both:
Other players who featured for both sides are:
- Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick (pictured) who was at Vale Park from 2015-2017 and Scunthorpe from 2018-2019.
- Another goalkeeper Joe Anyon spent six years with the Valiants (2004 to 2010) and then had a two year spell with Scunthorpe (2015-2017).
Last time we met:
The two sides met earlier in the season when goals from Zak Mills and former Scunthorpe loanee Theo Robinson (pictured) gave the Valiants a 2-1 Carabao Cup win. The last time the two sides met at Vale Park in the League it was in February and it ended in a 2-2 draw with Vale’s scorers Mark Cullen and Nathan Smith.
Overall record: 14 Port Vale wins | 14 Port Vale losses | 10 draws
How to watch:
Finally, let’s deal with watching this behind closed doors game. It will be available to watch on the iFollow service. Here’s how to watch it…
Q: Do I have to set up the account/buy the pass on the day of the match?
A: No, you can set up your iFollow account and/or buy your match pass in advance if it is easier. All you need to do then is log onto iFollow on the day of the match go to this page and there will be an option at the bottom to watch live video.
Q: Can I watch it down the pub?
A: No, it’s illegal to show iFollow streams in public so they would be breaking the law. The service is for private use only.
Q: Can I watch it on the TV screen?
A: The iFollow service is available via an app or a browser. Probably the simplest way to watch it on the TV screen is to watch the stream on a browser and connect your computer to your TV via a HDMI lead. The video and audio should then show on your screen.
Q: What about the programme?
A: Ahead of the game Port Vale will also be sending all season ticket holders a link to a complimentary digital copy of our new-look matchday programme! If you do not receive your digital copy by 1pm on Saturday, then please contact us on the numbers provided above. Additionally, if you wish to collect a physical copy of the programme ahead of kick off – please contact the club shop.
Q: What commentary will be provided?
A: Usually commentary from both teams (home and away) is provided. In Vale’s case it is usually the BBC Radio Stoke commentary team. When the match starts, click on the cog on the bottom RH corner to select home or away commentary.
Q: Does Port Vale make money from iFollow?
A: Yes and in these days of behind closed door matches, the revenue from iFollow can be vital. Clubs like Vale earn around 80% of the cost of an iFollow ticket regardless of whether the game is played home or away.
Q: What about if I still have an issue?
A: If you are experiencing problems with iFollow should contact EFL iFollow by telephone – 0207 8264577 (three hours before kick-off and running until three hours after matches finish) or by email – iFollow@efl.com (staffed from 8am to 7pm every day).
Need more information? We have a dedicated forum thread with help and advice right here. There’s also a guide on setting up an iFollow account while here is a guide for season ticket holders redeeming a code