Vale take on MK Dons here at stadiummk on Saturday afternoon (kick off 3.00pm) as the two sides meet for the second time in a fortnight – in fact, due to international call-up, the Dons’ last match was here at Vale Park.
Despite losing the FA Cup tie here, Vale boss Rob Page is optimistic Vale can go to Milton Keynes and come back with a positive result.
Vale managed to score three goals against a very good Karl Robinson side that day, but concede four at the other and.
Page prefers to concentrate on the positives, however, and feels Vale can tighten up, especially after the clean sheet against Rochdale last weekend.
Will he change a winning side? It is not something he usually opts for, but with the return from suspension of both Ryan McGivern, who was also on international duty last Saturday, and Richard Duffy, Page could well be tempted.
Although Chris Robertson and Fredi Veseli did well in the heart of the defence against Rochdale, protected by man of the match Michael Brown, the likelihood is that changes will be made.
Vale’s current league form is good and three wins on the bounce in League One won’t do confidence any harm at all.
The Dons’ have lost one of their last six matches in all competitions – a Capital One match at home to Sheffield United, but Rob Page’s observations that night could well influence his team selection and tactics.
There will be something of a carnival atmosphere at the ground on Saturday with fairground activities taking place outside he ground and cut-price admission to the game.
They have already sold around ten thousand tickets for the game and the atmosphere. Given that their average attendance is just below eight thousand, that shouldn’t make too much difference to the home players.
Page, along with his backroom staff and of course the Vale supporters who make the trip on Saturday will be hoping it gives Vale a lift and the Valiants react in a positive manner.
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There will be a full match report on the official website moments after the final whistle, with player and manager interviews to come later.
A match gallery (photos courtesy of Gerard Austin) will also appear on the site soon.