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Match Previews

Match Preview | Derby County v Port Vale

7 October 2022

We look ahead to the Vale's first-ever league fixture at Pride Park as Darrell Clarke's side face Derby County on Saturday.

Vale are back on the road this Saturday with a long-awaited trip to Pride Park to face Derby County.

The Rams currently sit in 8th position in the League One table, having won their last two League One matches.

Darrell Clarke’s side are currently sitting in 17th place on 12 points and will be looking to build on a solid start to the campaign against Paul Warne's promotion-chasing Rams.

Here is some interesting pre-match reading before the Valiants travel across to the East Midlands to face the Rams.

The view from Darrell Clarke:

“We want to be winning football games, we want to be a winning team," said Clarke. “The message to the players is that the performances have been good against one or two of the big teams but now we have to turn them into wins, so why not try and start at Derby!

“They have a new manager in Paul Warne, it is his first home game, there will be a great attendance, great away following so let’s see if we can do it tomorrow!”

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Port Vale manager Darrell Clarke wants his side to turn performances into wins against the promotion-chasing teams in League One.

Opposition thoughts:

Paul Warne on his first match in the Pride Park Dugout: “I’m really looking forward to it. If I wasn’t, I’d tell you, if I was nervous, I’d tell you. I’m not – I’m really looking forward to it.

“I know it’s not going to be the finished article. I’m not expecting 28,000 or 30,000 people to turn up and go ‘oh this is Paul Warne’s team, let’s go and have a look at it.’

“We’ve trained four or five days, it’s a slow burner but it’s a healthy club that we’re trying to take in the right direction.”

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Derby County boss Paul Warne celebrates a win in his first fixture in charge at Cambridge United.

Fixture Flashback:

Championship, Vale Park, Saturday 20th January 1996: Port Vale 1-1 Derby County

Attendance - 11,947

Travelling back 26 years, and Vale were in what is now called the Championship, with the Rams coming across to Vale Park.

Derby came into the fixture at the top of the division after winning 10 of their previous 11 league games.

Vale may only have been 18th at the time, but the side were in good form having won their previous 4 home games.

Moments before half-time, the visitors took the lead through Dean Sturridge, sending large following into raptures.

Vale did get a leveller with 14 minutes to play through Tony Naylor after the pressure had been building throughout the half.

The scores stayed level until the end, and despite Derby County getting promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season, no one would have anticipated it would have taken over 25 years until these two sides clashed again.

The Derby side that day contained our former midfielder Robin Van der Laan, who these days manages Newcastle Town.

Port Vale | Musselwhite, Talbot (Bogie), Hill, Aspin, Tankard, McCarthy, Porter, Walker, Guppy (Griffiths), Foyle, Naylor

Unused subs | L. Mills

Last Time Out (League):

Sky Bet League One, Abbey Stadium, Saturday 1st October 2022: Cambridge United 0-2 Derby County

Life under Paul Warne started well for Derby County, with James Collins’ brace doing the damage as the Rams came away from Cambridge United with a 2-0 win.

On the stroke of half-time, Collins fired Derby in front after Cambridge failed to clear a long ball which then fell to the striker who fired home.

The striker then got his second of the match, sealing the victory, in the 83rd minute through a counter attack when Max Bird played in Collins to slide it past Dimitar Mitov.

County came out of the gates quickly when Nathaniel Mendez-Laing fired just wide of the post for the away side.

The next chance didn’t come until the 34th minute, with the home side being the team to threaten this time around through Jack Lankester who shot wide from a Shilow Tracey corner.

However, four minutes later it was the Rams who went on the offence, and if it wasn’t for Mitov foiling Hourihane’s powerful effort, they would have taken the lead.

Hourihane was then involved again on the hour mark after Tom Barkhuizen’s cross found the Irish international who could only fire his effort into the side netting.

The hosts did push for an equaliser late on before Collins broke to get his and County’s second, ensuring that the away side got their first win on the road this campaign.

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James Collins scores for the Rams against Cambridge United last weekend.

Team news:

Derby County's official website reports that midfielder Korey Smith, defender Jake Rooney, Striker William Osula are all back in contention for Saturday, with Smith and Rooney having resumed full training this week after recovering from injuries, and Osula returning after illness.

Star striker and former Valiant, David McGoldrick, has returned to training after injury, but the clash this weekend will come too soon for the seasoned professional.

Goalkeeper Joseph Anang is also still out after injuring his arm back in August.

For the Vale, Darrell Clarke confirmed to the press that Jamie Proctor (hip) remains unavailable, while Funso Ojo (hamstring) is also unavailable.


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01/10/22: Cambridge United 0-2 Derby County, Sky Bet League One

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT | Derby County 1-2 Port Vale

8 October 2022

Darrell Clarke’s Valiants produced a brilliant second half turnaround to defeat 10-man Derby County in a tasty encounter at Pride Park.

Both Ellis Harrison and James Wilson netted after the break to secure the three points in Derbyshire after James Collins had opened the scoring for the hosts.

Derby’s in-form striker gave County the lead after 5 minutes when a blistering counterattack led to Tom Barkhuizen crossing for the number nine to half-volley into the back of the net.

After waiting so long for one penalty, the Valiants were awarded two at Pride Park, and top scorer Harrison made no mistake with the second one, smashing it in to bring the Vale level after 55 minutes.

Tensions started to flare after the equaliser, and the match reached a boiling point when Derby’s early hero Collins was sent his marching orders after a reaction to a Nathan Smith challenge.

Not long after the red card, Vale got their second with just 25 minutes left to play, with Wilson finishing a sweeping counterattack to score his first goal of the season to send the packed-out vale away end into raptures.

The opening minutes of the match were played at high intensity, and moments after County’s opener they nearly grabbed a second, but Jack Stevens produced a good stop to foil Nathaniel Mendez-Laing after he gave himself space in the area.

Vale then got their first chance in the 10th minute through Dan Jones after Brad Walker’s free-kick was delicately chipped into the defender whose header was glanced just wide.

73 games after the Valiants were last awarded a penalty, they finally got one after Dan Jones was brought down in the area, but unfortunately for the visitors, Tom Conlon dragged his spot kick wide.

The pressure continued to grow on the Rams’ net throughout the half, and in the 25th minute after good work on the righthand side, a brilliant Gavin Massey cross found the head of Ellis Harrison whose effort fell to Ben Garrity who headed wide.

Derby fought back though, and their star man Conor Hourihane came close just after the half-hour mark when he latched onto a cross from the right, however, he couldn’t keep his effort on target.

Just three minutes later the hosts then came close again, this time through Lewis Dobbin whose effort from inside the box hit the side netting, which tricked the stadium into thinking the rams had a second.

As half-time approached, it took a goal-line clearance to keep the score a 1-0, with Nathan Smith hooking the ball off the line after it seemed the hosts would grab their second.

And only moments later, the Valiants' defence produced another goal-line clearance, this time Will Forrester managed to clear the ball after a goalmouth scramble.

After the two goal-line clearances, Vale pushed for a goal just before the break, and after a well-worked free-kick the ball fell to Liam McCarron on the edge of the area, but he couldn’t quite keep his effort down.

The second half started in a similarly fast-paced fashion with the hosts having a chance after just one minute of play through Hourihane, but he couldn’t trouble Stevens with his free header.

Chances kept coming early in the second period for the Rams, but they couldn’t quite grab their second with their goal scorer, Collins, not being able to test the keeper with a header.

Harrison, who played an integral part all game for the Valiants, continued to seek goals after the turnaround and saw an acrobatic effort fly over the bar not long after we had taken the lead.

Our number nine also came close to a brace for himself after a corner fell to the head of the striker, but his header could only find the gloves of Joe Wildsmith.

As the clock was ticking, Vale searched for a third to kill the game with Garrity the next to have an effort for the visitors, however, his long-range volley dipped just over the bar.

In stoppage time substitute Mipo Odubeko had a great chance to finish the game for the Vale, but unfortunately, he couldn’t divert Massey’s shot into the back of the net.

It didn't matter though as the Vale held on through six minutes of stoppage time to complete a memorable victory in Derbyshire, their first away to the Rams since 1923.

Derby County | Wildsmith, Hourihane, Chester, Cashin, Barkhuizen, Bird (82’ Sibley), Collins, Mendez-Laing, Dobbin (60’ Osula), Stearman (75’ Roberts), Knight

Unused Subs | Loach, Forsyth, Thompson, Rooney

Port Vale | Stevens, Jones, Walker (46’ Politic), Smith, Garrity, Wilson (87’ Odubeko), Conlon, Forrester, Massey, Harrison, McCarron (58’ Hall)

Unused Subs | Stone, Worrall, Pett, Butterworth

Attendance | 28,706 (2,693 Valiants)

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Ticket News

Online Only | Limited number of tickets available for Saturday’s trip to Derby County

5 October 2022

Strictly limited number of returned tickets available to 2022/23 Season Ticket holders online only from 6pm today (Wednesday).

  • Online Only | Limited number of tickets available for Saturday’s trip to Derby County
  • A strictly limited number of tickets remain available to 2022/23 Season Ticket holders (one per season ticket holder), subject to availability
  • On sale online only from 6pm today (Wednesday) – should any tickets remain available as of 6pm on Thursday, tickets would then go on sale to 1876 members

A strictly limited number of tickets have been returned for Saturday’s League One trip to Derby County.

Tickets will be available online only to 2022/23 Season Ticket holders (one per season ticket holder) from 6pm today (Wednesday).

Should any tickets remain available by 6pm on Thursday, remaining tickets would then go on sale to 1876 members.

A full allocation of 2,700 away supporters are anticipated to make the trip to Pride Park for the Vale’s first away league match against the Rams in 27 years.

COLLECTIONS: Supporters should note tickets purchased from 6pm on Wednesday are collection only and tickets not collected from Vale Park before 5pm on Friday will be available for collection at the Derby County Ticket Office on Saturday, one hour prior to kick-off.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adult - £24
Senior (65+) - £18
Young Adult (18-21) - £18
Junior (13-17) - £12
Child (6-12) - £6
Infant (2-5) - Free

Please Note: Under 2s are not allowed inside the stadium.

We advise supporters not to attempt to purchase tickets in the home end at Pride Park. Tickets for supporters without a previous booking history for fixtures at Derby County may be cancelled with no refund in line with Derby County's ticketing terms and conditions.

Official Coach Travel Pricing

Price: £16

Departure Time: 11:30am

Coaches will depart from the Hamil Road Car Park.


Please Note: Alcohol is strictly forbidden on official coach travel.

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