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Last Time We Met Cambridge United

8 February 2019

John Askey takes charge of Vale for the very first time this weekend as the Valiants take on Cambridge United, but can you remember what happened last time the two sides met?

You'd have to cast your mind back to the first day of the season to remember that last clash between the two sides, and I don't think it was a result many have forgotten over the past few months.

Port Vale ran out 3-0 winners on the day as they started the season in miraculous fashion. Goals from Tom Pope and Ricky Miller ensured all three points on opening day.

The first day of the season saw Scott Brown, Connell Rawlinson, Luke Joyce, Manny Oyeleke and Miller all handed their debuts, as the refreshed Port Vale team looked to pick up their first three points of the season.

The first half of the affair was tightly contested, though Vale were to go in at the break with the lead thanks to Miller's first goal for the club. The man himself was brought down on the edge of the box to earn a free-kick, and the debutant made no mistake from the set piece as he curled the ball over the wall and into the corner of the Cambridge goal.

Miller was at the heart of the action once again following the restart and played a pivotal role as Vale found their second of the game. The little forward was fouled inside the area to earn the hosts a penalty just a minute into the second half. Pope stood up to double the Valiants' lead.

With their tails up, Vale kept pushing for more, and were awarded for their pressure with the third goal of the game. Cristian Montano's bounding run down the left-hand side found the winger in acres of space to hang up a cross to the back post. In typical fashion, Pope rose well to header into the bottom corner, well and truly putting the game beyond the visiting U's

The impressive victory at Vale Park had the Valiants sitting in fourth place after the first day of the season.

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