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PREVIEW: Port Vale vs Crewe Alexandra

25 August 2017

PREVIEW - Port Vale vs Crewe Alexandra

Date - 26th August 2017

Venue - Vale Park

 

Preview

In Vale's second home game of the 2017/18 campaign, local rivals Crewe Alexandra make the short trip to Burslem and Michael Brown's Valiants will be hoping for a positive result.

Following the 3-1 triumph away to Crawley Town on the opening day, Vale have suffered two defeats in Sky Bet League Two against Wycombe Wanderers and Chesterfield respectively.

But, there have been some positives to take and the clash versus Crewe will provide an opportunity to bounce back.

 

The Opposition

Having finished 17th in Sky Bet League Two last season, the Railwaymen will be looking to improve on that this time around and they have made a steady start to the campaign.

An opening day draw with title favourites Mansfield was followed up by a defeat to Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup, but a 1-1 draw against Newport County and a 1-0 win over Barnet means the Railwaymen have acquired five points so far.

The last time the two sides met back in April 2016, Vale ran out 3-0 winners to sentence Crewe to relegation from Sky Bet League One. Louis Dodds fired in a brace before JJ Hooper finalised the scoring to earn three points; something Vale will be determined to earn this time around.

 

Talk

Michael Brown

“When you win them (derby games) they're special, but when you lose them they're not. That is what you play football for; you play to do well in games, and as a footballer, I wish I was out there on Saturday.

"You get local lads that are in it every day, it's obvious that they want to be successful. It's a local derby, there will be a little bit of extra atmosphere in the stadium and that makes for a fantastic occasion."

 

David Artell

"I know what it means to the fans and that it is a big game for everyone but I won’t be making it bigger than it is or playing it down. I want us to go there, play well and remain unbeaten. I want it to stay that way and I am sure it will be an entertaining game.

"I've never experienced the game as a manager before, and I'm sure I will get some stick as a member of the opposition but I am looking forward to the game."

 

Team News

Vale will be without goalkeeper Rob Lainton after he suffered a thigh injury versus Leeds United. Tyrone Barnett is edging closer to full fitness, but he won't be in contention to start this weekend.

Anton Forrester and Danny Pugh also remain sidelined with more serious injuries, but new signing David Worrall could feature after he penned a two-year deal at Vale Park.

 

Crewe head into the fixture with only a couple of injury concerns as George Ray and James Jones remain out of contention with back and groin problems respectively.

Zoumana Bakayogo could start, however, after featuring as a second half substitute during the Railwaymen's win over Barnet. Perry Ng is also available for selection following a suspension.

 

Coverage

iFollow The Vale will be providing full 90 minute commentary from the match, while the Port Vale Twitter and Facebook feed will be providing live updates for the entirety.There will also be build-up to the game with the official Snapchat account: officialpvfc.

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, iFollow and social media.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT: Vale 0-1 Crewe

26 August 2017

Ten-man Port Vale put in a brave performance against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday afternoon, but a solitary goal from Chris Dagnall proved decisive as the Railwaymen left Vale Park with all three points. 

 

Tom Pope and Marcus Harness both had efforts cleared off the line during a spirited second half display, but Michael Brown’s men couldn’t find a leveller.

 

During the opening minute of the game, Crewe surged forward and created the first opportunity as Zoumana Bakayogo saw an effort skim the crossbar after the ball fell kindly to him in the area. 

 

Vale then worked some space for David Worrall to let fly soon after, but the debutant’s distant effort swerved just off target.

 

With seven minutes on the clock the visitors saw a good chance go begging as Chris Porter headed wide of Sam Hornby’s post. 

 

The high tempo continued and both teams looked determined to find a breakthrough, but despite Vale enjoying a positive spell, they couldn’t force the goalkeeper into action.

 

That was until the 24th minute, however, as Tom Pope met a cross from Worrall to send a looping header into the arms of Ben Garratt. 

 

Just two minutes later Marcus Harness elected to shoot from range after evading a Crewe challenge, but his strike flew wide of the target.

 

Against the run of play, the visitors then pulled themselves ahead on the 30-minute mark following some patient build-up play. 

 

George Cooper’s cross from the left flank found Chris Dagnall inside the Vale area and the striker made no mistakes with his headed finish that flew beyond Hornby.

 

Just moments after falling behind, Vale were then reduced to 10 men as Michael Tonge was shown a straight red card for a foul on Cooper. 

 

The Crewe midfielder then returned to the pitch and he fizzed a low strike narrowly wide on 38 minutes. Pope then struck the side-netting up the other end, but Vale went in a goal down at half-time.

 

Following the restart, the Valiants started brightly and Harness was unfortunate to see a goal bound effort deflect off target via the back of one of his teammates. 

 

The hosts then saw three chances come and go in quick succession with 52 minutes played. Pope watched his initial header crash off the underside of the bar and onto the line, Harness’ follow-up was then blocked before another stab at goal fell the wrong side of the post.

 

As Vale continued pile the pressure on the Crewe defence, Ben Whitfield picked out substitute Rekeil Pyke and his header was smothered by Garratt. 

 

The striker then went close once more just before the hour mark as he stooped to volley a shot inches wide from close range after Pope found him with a smart knockdown.

 

Crewe then fashioned a shooting opportunity of their own on 68 minutes as Ryan Wintle decided to try his luck from 25 yards, calling Hornby into a fine low save. The goalkeeper was then forced to react once more as he tipped over a powerful Porter header shortly after.

 

In the final stages, the Valiants threw bodies forward in attempt to find an equaliser and Cristian Montano stung the palms of Garratt from range with 81 minutes played. 

 

The winger then raced into the area before going down under a challenge moments later, but the referee waved away the penalty appeals and the away side held on to win.  

 

Team Line-ups

Port Vale: Hornby, Denton, Davis, Kay ©, Smith, Tonge, Harness (Montano 72), Whitfield, Worrall (Turner 88), Stobbs (Pyke 45), Pope.

 

Unused Substitutes: Boot, Wilson, Gunning, de Freitas.

 

Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Ng, Bakayogo, Walker, Porter, Dagnall ©, Cooper (Bowery 90), Nolan, Ainley, Wintle, Lowery.

 

Unused Substitutes: Richards, Pickering, Dale, Kirk, Finney, Sass-Davies.

 

Attendance: 6,299 (1,126 away).

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