Vale take on Chesterfield at the Proact Stadium on Saturday in a game that could turn out being important for both sides, but for different reasons.
After two dropped points at Shrewsbury on Good Friday and the home defeat to Barnsley three days later, Vale’s play-off hopes have been all but written off.
But until that is mathematically impossible, Rob Page and his players will be giving their all in the hope they can still just about scrape their way into the top six and in any case, they want to finish as high as they possibly can.
For Chesterfield, the games is an important one as they strive to make sure they will be playing League One football next season.
The Spireites currently sit 18th in the table, two points clear of Oldham Athletic who are in 21st spot – and the Latics have a game in hand on Chesterfield.
Chesterfield’s current predicament will have surprised most people who take an interest in League One football, with many predicting a top six finish at the start of the season.
When Vale won the game between the two sides her at Vale Park back in November, that was the second match in a run of eight league fixtures without a win.
A 7-1 trouncing of Shrewsbury Town in their first game of the New Year gave everybody renewed hope, but since then their form has been indifferent to say the least.
Boss Danny Wilson will be using all his experience to keep them up and assisted by Chris Morgan, who worked alongside him when Wilson was in charge of Sheffield United, they should do the business.
Vale go into the game without the services of central defender Ryan Iniiss, who has returned to his parent club Crystal Palace after picking up a hamstring injury in Vale’s last match.
After assessment it was discovered to be a grade three tear, which rules him out for the rest of the season, but Vale fans are hoping that won’t be the last they see of a defender who has impressed during his time in Burslem.
It leaves a vacancy expected to be filled by Ryan McGivern, though of course with Remie Streete waiting in the wings, Rob Page will have the final say on that one.
Apart from the long-term injury to Enoch Andoh, Rob has otherwise a full squad to choose from as Vale go in search of an away win a the Proact Stadium, no doubt backed by a large following.
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