Port Vale manager Darrell Clarke says that the trip to Cheltenham Town will be the “toughest test” of his fledgling Port Vale career.
It has been very difficult to get a regular system because of the injuries we have actually had…
Clarke has yet to record a win in his first four games and he told the media that the club’s injury situation has played its part as he has struggled to name a settled side. Clarke told the media: “We have a situation where we have had one wide player fit for the majority of these four games. We’ve been playing a wing-back system and then the two wing backs have got injured…. it has been very difficult to get a regular system because of the injuries we have actually had.”
Updating the media on the injuries the manager added: “Light work (for David Fitzpatrick0. David Amoo is light work as well, a bit more, he has stepped up a little bit. Wozzer (Dave Worrall) is hopefully stepping up a little bit. We are hoping to see the clouds disappearing but I was thinking that before Salford and we picked up another two Mike (James Gibbons and Cristian Montano).”
On the clash at Cheltenham he commented: “I think it is our toughest test. Why I say that is I think they have different ways and different avenues of scoring goals – long throws, set pieces, a bit of quality, some good individual players, and that is why they are top of the table as things stand at the minute.”
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Darrell Clarke. Picture by: David Fleming