Scunthorpe Utd v Port Vale preview: can Port Vale recover from their comedy of errors and put on a better performance against Scunthorpe on Tuesday evening?
Top image: The main entrance to Glanford Park by Steve Daniels is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
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Teams: Scunthorpe Utd v Port Vale
Competition: League Two
Venue: Glanford Park stadium
Kick-off: Tuesday 26th January, 7pm
The Valiants’s awful run goes on and on. It’s now just two wins in ten League games. Opponents Scunthorpe are also enduring a tough time with three wins in ten games. However, they have won two out of the last four home games.
Port Vale team news:
So what next for Frank Sinclair’s side? We know that deregistered duo Theo Robinson and Harry McKirdy won’t feature and it appears that Leon Legge will be joining them on the sidelines. Legge’s absence means there’s unlikely to be changes in central defence despite that error-strewn display on Saturday. This game will possibly be too soon for Devante Rodney to return so it’s tricky to know what changes will be made in the starting line-up. One could see James Gibbons back as right-back and possibly Adam Crookes coming in to make it a double full-back swap but otherwise it’s anyone’s guess… As for the bench, new goalkeeper Tom Scott should be included.
Possible Starting XI:
Brown – Gibbons, Smith, Brisley, Crookes – Joyce, Taylor, Conlon – Amoo, Guthrie, Worrall
One to watch:
If he’s fit to start, the returning James Gibbons will give Vale a huge boost. The attacking right-back has been missed in recent weeks but is back training and could be selected for this game.
We can’t shy away from what happened on Saturday, we can’t just push it to one side, we need to look at where we could improve, otherwise we’ll never get better…
Interim Port Vale manager Danny Pugh
Neil Cox was appointed at the start of the season and has now been in charge for 29 games with a win ratio of 29%.
Opposition team news
Defender Jordan Clarke is expected to miss the clash whilst forward Abo Eisa is a minor doubt for the fixture after taking a knock at the weekend, with fellow attacker Kevin Van Veen also a doubt.
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Port Vale midfielder Jake Taylor should make a return to a club where he spent a loan spell earlier this season. Taylor played fourteen times without scoring.
A player who won’t be facing his former club is striker Theo Robinson who has been deregistered from the Valiants squad. Robinson played for Scunthorpe in 2015.
Last time we met:
The two sides have already met twice this season. There was disappointment at Vale Park when the Valiants lost 1-0 but the Vale won their first game of the season at Scunthorpe in the League Cup. Goals that day came from Zak Mills and Theo Robinson (pictured).
Overall record: 14 Port Vale wins | 15 Port Vale losses | 17 draws
From the archives…
May 1985 saw Port Vale face Scunthorpe in the final game of the 1984-85 season. It finished in an entertaining 3-3 draw with Vale scorers Oshor Williams. Colin Tartt and (pictured above) Ally Brown – the latter’s 21st goal of the season. It proved to be Colin Tartt’s final Vale goal as he was released in the summer.
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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