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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: IRON v PORT VALE

29 April 2016

The Iron welcome Port Vale on Saturday and will be hoping to make it five wins on the bounce.

Graham Alexander's side won 2-0 at Peterborough last time out with a Ricardo Santos own goal and a Tom Hopper goal securing victory.

That means that United are just two points off the play-offs with only two games left to play this season.

Port Vale still have a slim chance of finishing in the top six, but need to take maximum points to have any hope of making it.

They are also in good form though, having won their last three games and have scored nine goals in those matches.

A bumper crowd is expected to see if the Iron can continue their excellent form and Graham Alexander will hope his side can keep their play-off hopes alive.



The Iron have no new injury worries heading into Saturday's game. Jamie Ness is back in training and could return to contention for Graham Alexander's side.

The midfielder has missed the last few matches, but is set to return and Sean McAllister is also pushing for selection after resuming training.

That means that only Scott Wiseman is a long-term absentee.



Ajay Leitch-Smith has been a constant threat up front for Port Vale this season, netting 13 goals in all competitions to spearhead the club’s play-off hopes.

He has missed the victory against Rochdale with a hamstring strain, but is in line for a return for the trip to take on the Iron.

The striker started his career at fellow League One side Crewe, coming through their academy and going on to play over 100 times for the club.

Leitch-Smith left Crewe in 2014 though, joining Yeovil on a two-year deal, but it did not really work out for the striker.

He left Yeovil at the end of last season following their relegation to League Two, before joining Vale on a one-year deal at the start of the campaign.



The Iron left it late to salvage a point in their clash with Port Vale at Glanford Park last season.

Vale took the lead in the first half through a Richard Duffy goal, after the visitors had worked a corner for the defender to coolly finish.

The Iron pushed for an equaliser in the second half, but could not find a way through the Vale defence until almost the last kick of the game.

Kyle Wootton came off the bench to net a 95th minute equaliser and boost the Iron's bid for League One safety and keep them above Vale.



Here are all the past results between the two sides:

SEASON/DATE
COMPETITION
RESULT
IRON SCORERS
2015-16 - Sat 12 Dec
LG 1
Vale 1-1 Iron
King
2014-15 - Tue 14 Apr
LG 1
Iron 1-1 Vale
Wootton
2014-15 - Tue 21 Oct
LG 1
Vale 2-2 Iron
Bishop, Taylor
2009-10 - Tue 22 Sep
LG CUP R3
Iron 2-0 Vale
Hayes, McCann
2006-07 - Mon 1 Jan
LG 1
Vale 0-0 Iron

2006-07 - Tue 12 Sep
LG 1
Iron 3-0 Vale
Sharp (2), Morris
2005-06 - Tue 28 Feb
LG 1
Vale 1-2 Iron
Sparrow, Taylor
2005-06 - Sat 10 Sep
LG 1
Iron 2-0 Vale
Hinds, Keogh
1985-86 - Mon 3 Feb
DIV 4
Vale 3-1 Iron
Graham
1985-86 - Tue 22 Oct
DIV 4
Iron 0-0 Vale

1984-85 - Fri 10 May
DIV 4
Iron 3-3 Vale
Graham, Broddle, Cammack
1984-85 - Sat 22 Dec
DIV 4
Vale 1-1 Iron
Graham
1983-84 - Tue 17 Apr
DIV 3
Iron 1-1 Vale
Bell
1983-84 - Sat 27 Aug
DIV 3
Vale 0-0 Iron

1982-83 - Mon 9 May
DIV 4
Vale 0-1 Iron
Cowling
1982-83 - Tue 2 Nov
DIV 4
Iron 1-0 Vale
Cammack
1981-82 - Sat 17 Apr
DIV 4
Vale 2-1 Iron
Cammack
1981-82 - Sat 5 Dec
DIV 4
Iron 0-0 Vale

1980-81 - Tue 3 Mar
DIV 4
Vale 2-2 Iron
Partridge, Cammack
1980-81 - Tue 24 Feb
DIV 4
Iron 1-1 Vale
Cammack
1979-80 - Sat 5 Apr
DIV 4
Iron 1-0 Vale
Pilling
1979-80 - Wed 26 Dec
DIV 4
Vale 1-0 Iron

1978-79 - Tue 27 Mar
DIV 4
Iron 2-0 Vale
Grimes, Earl
1978-79 - Sat 19 Aug
DIV 4
Vale 2-2 Iron
Wigg, Pilling
1972-73 - Sat 24 Feb
DIV 3
Iron 0-1 Vale

1972-73 - Sat 16 Dec
DIV 3
Vale 2-0 Iron

1969-70 - Mon 23 Mar
DIV 4
Vale 1-2 Iron
Cassidy (2)
1969-70 - Sat 22 Nov
DIV 4
Iron 2-1 Vale
Heath, Sproson (og)
1968-69 - Sat 5 Apr
DIV 4
Iron 0-1 Vale

1968-69 - Sat 28 Sep
DIV 4
Vale 4-1 Iron
Heath
1964-65 - Fri 9 Apr
DIV 3
Iron 0-0 Vale

1964-65 - Sat 28 Nov
DIV 3
Vale 0-1 Iron
Ratcliffe
1953-54 - Sat 13 Feb
DIV 3N
Vale 0-0 Iron

1953-54 - Sat 26 Sep
DIV 3N
Iron 0-2 Vale

1952-53 - Sat 13 Feb
DIV 3N
Vale 4-0 Iron

1952-53 - Sat 31 Jan
DIV 3N
Iron 1-2 Vale
Mosby



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