Vale take on AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon, hoping to get back to winning ways ahead of the busy Christmas period.
Boss Micky Adams is expecting the Dons to ‘park the bus’ and settle for a point from Vale Park as they come here on the back of a poor run of form.
Neal Ardley’s side have one just one in their last eight league fixtures, a 3-0 away win over York City, who they also knocked out of the FA Cup just two days later in a first round replay.
Ardley took over the manager’s job back in October following a poor start to the season by the Dons, but they still haven’t hit top form yet.
With just two points from their last five matches, they currently sit third from bottom in the table and they will not want to return home from Burslem empty handed.
Ardley has set his players a target of ten wins between now and the end of the season, which seems a big ask given their results up to the halfway stage of the season.
But if the manager can bring players to the club during the January transfer window, then that may well be achievable.
Saturday’s visitors look like being without Christian Jolley, recently recalled from a loan spell with Newport County.
The manager has other selection problems too, with top goalscorer Byron Harrison struggling for fitness and Charlie Strutton almost certainly out.
Micky Adams has a fully fit squad to choose from, and with winger Jennison Myrie-Williams back in the squad following a one-match suspension, he has options all over the pitch.
The management team are under no illusions of how difficult the game could be for the Valiants, with the visitors likely to stick men behind the ball.
Earlier this week, Assistant Manager mark Grew called for patience from the players and fans alike.
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