Defender Adam Yates believes he has seen the benefit of being given a rest against Colchester United before being reinstated into the starting line-up against Bradford City on Saturday.
Yates explained: “I was disappointed (to miss that match), the gaffer had stated in the press that I was carrying a niggle, well he didn’t say me but he said players were carrying niggles and they wouldn’t play three games in a week and I wasn’t picked.
“I was disappointed but I was carrying that niggle and it probably did better for my health than harm and then I was pleased to be back in on Saturday,” said Yates.
Yates is confident Vale can be a threat whatever formation manager Micky Adams decided to play.
The defender, who has been with Vale since 2009, remembers how Adams has used the formation to good effect previously.
“We’ve done well and won, I remember going to QPR away and winning there with that formation.
“I think we’re a better team when we play with wingers, we’ve got forwards who want balls put into the box but having said that I’ve played in a lot of games with the gaffer where we’ve played 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 against some top sides.
“It’s not to say we can’t win games with that formation but I think the way we set out with the wingers getting balls into the box for the front two Tom and Hughesy, it is what they want,” he said.