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Lee Nogan believes Vale need to be at their best to beat Macclesfield Town this weekend

18 December 2018

With Macclesfield Town just around the corner, Lee Nogan believes Vale will have to be at their best to overcome Sol Campbell's Silkmen.

Last weekend's 2-2 draw with Cheltenham Town leave The Valiants four games unbeaten in all competitions, thanks to a 93rd minute equaliser courtesy of Antony Kay.

Mammoth wins over Yeovil Town and Stoke City's Under-21 squad set the ball rolling, however two dramatic draws against Morecambe and Cheltenham have rather halted Vale's momentum. They'll be looking to pick up again this weekend when they travel to The Moss Rose, where they meet an in-form Macclesfield Town.

Following the arrival of former England and Arsenal centre-back, Sol Campbell, The Silkmen have found a new lease of life, picking up three wins in their last four league games and Nogan believes that The Valiants will have to be at their best this weekend.

He said: "Sol Campbell's gone in - high profile - and he's started off quite well so they're picking up results.

"They'll be confident after last week's win, but like I said to you previously, if we're at our best we're more than capable of winning the game."

Nogan has also provided updates on the likes of Ricky Miller, David Worrall and Ben Whitfield ahead of the Macclesfield tie.

Miller has been playing in fits and starts over the past couple of months, with his last showing coming against Stoke City U21s when he came on as a second-half substitute. Worrall hasn't made a first-team appearance since our 2-0 win over Middlesbrough U21s back in early October, and Whitfield has made a number of appearances off the bench in the past few weeks.

Nogan believes the players have to earn the right to gain a place in the starting eleven.

He said: "They've all had a run in the team. We go off training as well but the crux of it is, if you're doing really well you stay in the team, if you're not, you're in and out.

"It's nothing personal we're just trying to pick eleven players out of 20 odd, so it's always difficult - and everyone's fit.

"They've got chances over hopefully the next two or three weeks to stake a claim for a place in the squad, or the starting eleven, but that will be up to them and how we play in the next few weeks."


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