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PREVIEW: Port Vale vs Notts County

1 September 2017

Port Vale vs Notts County Preview

Date - 2nd September 2017

Venue - Vale Park

 

Preview

Following Tuesday night's penalty shootout success against Oldham Athletic in the Checkatrade Trophy, Vale will be hoping to build on that with three points in Sky Bet League Two as Notts County make the trip to Vale Park.

After the 3-1 triumph over Crawley Town on the opening day of the 2017/18 season, Michael Brown's men haven't been able to add to their tally of three points and they now sit 21st in the league.

Despite that, some positive performances have been on display and the Valiants are in confident mood heading into the clash. A few changes could be made to the team that started the midweek fixture, however.

 

The Opposition

The Magpies currently sit in 7th place in Sky Bet League Two with 7 points to their name. An opening day defeat away to Coventry City meant it wasn't a great start for Kevin Nolan's men, but they are unbeaten in their last three league outings.

Wins over Chesterfield and Wycombe Wanderers were followed by a 2-2 draw with Accrington Stanley. Scunthorpe United did knock Notts County out of the Carabao Cup on penalties, but their recent good form also continued in the Checkatrade Trophy as they beat Everton's U21s.

 

Talk

Joe Davis:

"We will go away now, recover and get our legs back. The team will look into how the opposition play and we analyse that to give ourselves the best chance of getting a result.

"It's just about recovery now, that's the first thing on our minds, but we are ready to go again on Saturday."

 

Kevin Nolan:

"We've now got a squad with a lot of quality, with players pushing each other for places in the team and on the bench.

"We're hoping to go to Port Vale and give a good account of ourselves, as we did against Wycombe."

 

Team News

Vale will most likely make changes to the line-up that featured at Oldham Athletic last time out. Michael Brown made seven rotations for that game and some of the players who started could drop to the bench as the Valiants return to League action.

Goalkeeper Rob Lainton could be in contention to return to the team after an injury problem, but striker Tyrone Barnett is still sidelined. Rekeil Pyke will also face a race to be fit after he picked up a hamstring injury last time out.

Former Vale man Michael O'Connor remains an absentee for Notts County as the midfielder recovers from surgery on his knee that will keep him out until at least 2018.

 

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 Notts County

2 September 2017

Despite the Valiants creating numerous openings, a second half strike from Lewis Alessandra meant that Vale fell to a slender defeat at home to Notts County on Saturday. In a game where Michael Brown’s men saw two chances cleared off the line via Marcus Harness and Gavin Gunning, along with the woodwork denying David Worrall, the Valiants will feel unfortunate not to pick up any points.

 

During a lively opening few minutes, both sides looked to get forward and Terry Hawkbridge saw a low strike well blocked by a Vale defender with just two minutes on the clock. The hosts then had an effort of their own cleared off the line shortly after as a Harry Middleton corner was poked towards goal by Marcus Harness.

 

As the Valiants continued to press for an opener, David Worrall let fly from inside the area but he was unfortunate as the ball bounced off Tom Pope before Notts County cleared their lines. Worrall was involved in another attacking move on 19 minutes, this time teeing up Ben Whitfield who fizzed an effort over the bar.

 

Vale then went the width of the post away from taking the lead five minutes later as Worrall hit the woodwork after latching onto a pass from Cristian Montano. The Magpies then spurned a good opportunity themselves with 33 minutes played, Jon Stead sending a lobbed effort wide of the target after getting on the end of a Richard Duffy long ball.

 

Some neat work between Whitfield and Pope then opened up another shooting opportunity for Worrall, but he couldn’t direct his volley towards goal and it went behind for a County goal-kick. Five minutes before half-time, the visitors used a set-piece to get the ball into the Vale box and it led to Shaun Brisley flicking a header wide of Rob Lainton’s far post.

 

Following the restart, the away side came out quickly and Shola Ameobi nodded a header way wide after connecting with a Dan Jones cross. Vale did respond with a bright spell of their own around the 55-minute mark, but a sliding challenge from Jones denied Pope. Gavin Gunning then towered above his marker soon afterwards to head towards goal, but Vale saw the ball hooked off the line for a second time.

 

Against the run of the play, Notts County then pulled themselves ahead on 67 minutes. Substitute Lewis Alessandra got on the end of a cross to prod the ball past Lainton with his first touch of the game. After falling behind, Vale immediately searched for an equaliser as Whitfield powered a volley just over the bar from a Middleton corner.

 

The Valiants threw bodies forward in the closing stages in an attempt to get something out of the game, but the away defence dealt with the danger well to limit the number of opportunities. With 83 minutes on the clock, Whitfield did see a low shot deflected wide via a Notts County defender. Six minutes later Gunning headed a Jack Stobbs free-kick just over and that proved to be Vale’s final chance of the afternoon.

 

Team Line-ups

 

Port Vale: Lainton, Gunning, Smith, Kay ©, Davis, Middleton (de Freitas 77), Worrall, Whitfield, Montano (Stobbs 77), Harness Turner 66), Pope.

 

Unused Substitutes: Hornby, Wilson, Anderson, Denton.

 

Notts County: Collins, Jones, Brisley, Duffy, Hunt (Milsom 57), Grant, Hewitt, Yates, Hawkbridge (Alessandra 66), Stead, Ameobi (Forte 60).

 

Unused Substitutes: Fitzimons, Dickinson, Hollis, Smith, Alles.

 

Attendance: 4,656 (724 away)

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