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PREVIEW: PORT VALE (A)

21 October 2014

Mark Robins and his players have a quick turnaround in midweek, when they travel to Staffordshire to face Port Vale.

After drawing 1-1 at home to Colchester for Robins’ first match in charge, they will be looking to impress their new manager with a win on Tuesday evening.

Shaun Brisley and Andrew Boyce are expected to start in the centre of defence, after Robins said they were the only players to stake a real claim for a place in Saturday’s draw.

There will be one definite change, with Gary McSheffrey a certain absence as he serves a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season against the U’s.

Rory Fallon will be assessed ahead of the visit to Vale Park, after he was substituted at half-time as a precaution after sustaining an injury in a first-half challenge.

Deon Burton was present on the bench again and the experienced forward will be pushing to make an appearance.

Isaiah Osbourne was training with Port Vale before signing a three-month deal with the Iron on Friday to keep him at Glanford Park at January and he will be looking to be involved once again.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Osbourne played the final 45 minutes on Saturday, his first league action since May 3, when he played for Blackpool in the Sky Bet Championship.

Eddie Nolan is still a doubt, but Sam Slocombe and James Severn will be rivalling Bobby Olejnik for a place in the side and on the bench, after they are back available following injuries.

Robins praised Olejnik on Saturday after the Austrian, on loan from Peterborough, made some vital saves in the U’s game.

Our opponents host us on the back of a 2-0 loss at Preston on Saturday and they sit just one point ahead of us in the table.

The match also sees former Scunthorpe United midfielder Michael O’Connor come up against the club which he made 108 appearances for before leaving in 2012.

Rob Page is the Valiants’ interim manager after Micky Adams resigned in September, following a run of six straight defeats.

Defender Stephane Zubar will be an absence for the home side after he saw red for striking Preston’s Joe Garner.

Tuesday evening will be the 37th meeting between the two clubs, having lost 12 times to Vale, drawn 13 and won on 11 occasions.

We last met in 2009, in the League Cup at Glanford Park, when Paul Hayes and Grant McCann were on target as the Iron were 2-0 winners.

Before then, we last played each other in the 2006/07 season, with one goalless draw in the league and one in the Football League Trophy, with the other league game at Glanford Park ending with United 3-0 winners. Billy Sharp scored twice with Ian Morris sealing the win with the third.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the evening’s referee appointment, as well as the betting preview of the match, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you aren’t travelling to Staffordshire, the home of Port Vale, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or keep an eye on events on the website, with live updates available from kick-off.

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