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Match Preview - Rochdale

4 April 2017

Here is our preview of tonight's game against Rochdale.

Fixture – Rochdale vs Port Vale

Date – 4th April 2017

Venue – Spotland




Vale head into the game looking for back to back wins for the first time since they last faced Rochdale in August.


The Valiants picked up three points against Wimbledon at Vale Park and recorded their second consecutive clean sheet.


Which means Vale head into the game in the same form as earlier in the season, with back to back clean sheets, following a draw and a win.


This is one of Vale’s games in hand that they have and gives them a chance to extend the gap at the bottom.


The Opposition

The hosts still have an outside chance to make the play-offs and are in need of three points to keep them slim chances open.


Dale will be looking to bounce back after going without a win in the past two games, after conceding late on against Northampton last time out.


The last time Vale faced Rochdale, Nathan Smith scored the only goal of the game to give the Valiants all three points.



Brown: "We had the week's break and I thought it certainly helped us. I thought the stats and the work ethic were excellent. I think it (the break) did help but this is where we are.


“We have games, we have got to take them and let's try to see if we can win a mid-weeker or an away game which is what we have been waiting to do. Hopefully we can get another result towards our target.”


Hill: “We’re trying put a team together to win matches and we got a point on Saturday but it felt like a loss.


“My job as a manager is to recover quickly and I can do that and I will make sure we lead the players into the game against Port Vale.”



Team News

Vale continue to struggle with injuries and it remains to be seen when those who are injured will be able to return, such as; Remie Streete, Kiko, Jerome Thomas, Callum Guy, Anton Forrester, Adam Yates and Tyler Walker.




Valiant PlayerHD 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, PlayerHD and social media.

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