Changes likely as Vale take on The Posh
Boss Micky Adams will think long and hard about team selection before he makes any decisions ahead of the game against high flying Peterborough United on Saturday.
He is ready to make changes from the side which took on and lost to Rochdale in midweek, but a lot depends on how his side can keep the in-form visitors at bay.
He says: “What is important is, we look at the way Peterborough play, and I have been very, very impressed with them.
“When I saw them demolish Reading earlier in the season, 6-0 at London Road, I thought they were the best side in the division.
“So we are coming up against a good side, playing in a slightly different way from most teams in the division – they play a diamond in midfield and that can cause teams problems.
“They have got good individuals, certainly goals corers in Barnett and Assombalonga and I can’t say I am disappointed that Tomlin is not playing for them, because I think he is a top quality player at this level.
“But they will have a shape that perhaps we haven’t seen too often this season, so we will look at that and see how best to combat their shape, but give us an opportunity to cause them problems as well – will we make changes? I would think so, yes.
Having already said how impressed he has been with Peterborough, the Vale boss added that he is not expecting Darren Ferguson’s side to let up.
He said: “I thought they were very unfortunate, particularly in the second half of the season last year to get relegated and they can count themselves slightly unfortunate that they didn’t get themselves going quickly enough.
“They have started this season well, they are up there, and I expect them to continue in that vein until the end of the season, and if not, they will be disappointed.
“They have signed some decent players and they have got a great recruitment policy where they invest in lower league players and spend large amounts of cash for team at this level and they seem to recoup at the other end as well.”