Spireites next for the Vale
Vale make the relatively short trip over the Derbyshire border on Saturday to the Proact Stadium, where they take on Chesterfield, in a match traditionally attracting a large away following.
How much the disappointing performance last weekend at home to Wycombe Wanderers has on the Vale following will soon become clear, but the trip generally ensures a good day out for the travelling Valiants.
It is, however, the football served by Michael Brown’s side that will ultimately determine whether Vale fans will have had an enjoyable Saturday afternoon, as other aspects are brushed aside.
If Vale are to double up their points total then the performance just has to improve, and the boss, along with his staff, former Chesterfield defender Chris Morgan, and Ned Kelly, will demand their players step up to the mark.
Although Gavin Gunning is available after serving a one-match suspension following his sending off in the Carabao Cup at Elland Road, he could be forced to start the game from the bench.
Tyler Denton looked to be fairly comfortable in the left back role in the defeat to Wycombe Wanders and the on-loan defender could well keep his shirt.
Several of the Vale players who started in Vale’s last game could well be a little concerned they may lose their place this weekend.
Very few of the Vale side performed to their capabilities last Saturday, when they looked down and out from the second minute of the game.
Vale didn’t come to life until very late on in the game, and the manager will surely show his feelings in his team selection, with several changes expected.
Dan Turner, who netted his second goal in two league games, coming off the bench in each of them to do so, will be pressing for a place in the starting line-up.
Danny Pugh limped off with a knee injury, which could well pave the way for a return for Michael Tonge, who sat out Saturday’s debacle after playing two games in five days previously.
The midfielder scored in each of Vale’s first two matches, at Crawley and against Leeds, and his contribution at the Proact Stadium could well make a big different to the Vale side.
New loan signing Jack Stobbs, who joined the club on a season-long loan on Thursday will be hoping to press his claims for a start at the Proact Stadium.
The 20-year-old winger captained a very successful Wednesday under 23 side last season and is itching to see what he can do at the next level.
Also hoping to start is Ben Whitfield, whose strike towards the end of last week’s home game is already in the running for goal of the season.
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