Despite an excellent point in from the game against one of the promotion favourites last weekend, Carlisle are still a bit too close for comfort at the wrong end of the table.
They will now doubt show the same determination they displayed against Brentford last weekend when they come to Vale Park on Saturday and will come to Vale Park with the belief that it won’t be a wasted journey.
Vale came out on top when the two sides met at Brunton Park back in September when Tom Pope’s stoppage time strike was enough to earn the visitors maximum points.
Boss Gregg Abbot paid the ultimate price for that defeat when he was replaced by former Stoke midfielder Graham Kavanagh, initially as a temporary appointment and by the end of the month on a permanent contract.
A hard task master, Kavanagh has remained at the helm and many believe he is capable of improving Carlisle’s fortunes, but for now his only focus will be to keep the Cumbrian side in League One.
Vale can expect a tough fixture against a Carlisle side fighting for their League One lives and Vale’s recent poor run of form won’t have gone unnoticed by Kavanagh and his staff.
For Micky Adams, he and his staff have the task of making sure Vale are in the right frame of minds for scrap on Saturday if they are to turn things around.
A fantastic season so far has been achieved through hard work and the players will be well-drilled in what they have to do to take maximum points from the game, with a home game against Leyton Orient to follow.
Midfielder Anthony Griffith is back in contention, returning from an injury which forced him out of last weekend’s defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.