PREVIEW: Carlisle United v Port Vale
Vale make the trip north to Brunton Park on Saturday knowing that two contentious refereeing decisions at Huish Park on Tuesday evening means they will be without both Cristian Montano and James Gibbons when they line up to face Carlisle United.
The pair were each given their marching orders against Yeovil Town in Vale’s FA Cup replay defeat to Yeovil Town and must now sit out Saturday’s game due to suspension.
Defender Gibbons will sit out a further three games after receiving a four-match ban, which must be a concern to manager Neil Aspin, especially with few options to play in that position.
The Vale boss is hoping his side can continue where they left off in midweek, when they showed great spirit, despite being down to ten men – a characteristic that would surely see them do well if they can replicate that in the league.
Aspin knows that his side needs to show not only a good attitude, but a willingness to play for each other and for hard work if they are to lift themselves further up the table.
Vale rose a few places up the table following their win last weekend against Cambridge, yet are still just one points off the drop zone, and there is a lot of hard work to be done if Vale are to succeed.
In their last trip to Brunton Park, Bruno Ribiero’s side put in a disappointing performance and were well beaten in the first round of the League Cup.
Charlie Wyke and Shaun Miller were both on the mark for the home side, with Anthony Grant pulling a goal back for the Valiants, but despite the scoreline suggesting a close game, Vale really didn’t perform.
Aspin knows they must give everything not only in this match, but in each game between now and the end of the season, and he will no doubt demand such from his players.
In Carlisle’s favour will not only be home advantage, but after their midweek FA CUP replay Cup replay at Gillingham was called off, they will also have fresh legs.
Unfortunately, Vale don’t have that luxury after enduring ninety minutes, plus an extra thirty minutes of extra time on Tuesday night.
Hopefully Vale can put that to one side and bring back all three points from Brunton Park for only the second time in fifty years.
Dave Johnson – 6TR
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