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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: PORT VALE (A)

26 August 2016

The Iron will be looking to keep their unbeaten start to the new league season in tact when they head to Port Vale this weekend.

United suffered their first defeat of the season on Tuesday night - in the EFL Cup in extra time against Bristol City. As for the league though, it’s been a near faultless opening from Scunthorpe, taking 10 points out of possible 12.

Despite the loss to the Robins in midweek, the squad will head to Staffordshire full of confidence, after matching the Championship side throughout.



Manager Graham Alexander revealed that he’ll have pretty much the same squad to choose from, going into the clash at Vale Park.

The United boss declared the usual bumps and bruises following Tuesday's game against Bristol City, but says there are no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday.

Speaking about the players on the treatment table, Alexander does not expect to welcome back the likes of Paddy Madden, Luke Williams, Sam Mantom or Jamie Ness for the trip to Port Vale, although progress is positive on all counts. 



A bumper Glanford Park crowd of 7,275 watched the Iron emerge 1-0 victors the last time the two sides met back in April.

A Paddy Madden header just after the hour mark left United on the cusp of the play-off places with one game remaining.

Scunthorpe were dominant throughout the match and, on another day, the 1-0 scoreline could have been much more.



SEASON/DATE
COMPETITION
RESULT
IRON SCORERS
2015-16 - Sat 30 Apr
LG 1
Iron 1-0 Vale
Madden
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

Our full record against Port Vale is as follows:


PW
D
L
F
A
Home
20
8
8
4
21
13
Away
18
4
8
6
26
17
TOTAL
38
12
16
10
38
39



Following his move from Crewe Alexandra in 2015, Anthony Grant has become something of a permanent fixture in the Port Vale starting eleven.

Starting his career at Premier League side Chelsea, Grant then was sent out on loan to clubs such as Oldham Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers and Southend United. He would join the latter on a permanent deal in 2008.

In total, he’s accumulated over 400 Football League appearances, and picked up several player of the year awards in his first season with the Valiants.



SATURDAY
Swindon v Bristol Rovers (1.30pm)
Bradford v Oldham (3pm)
Charlton v Bolton (3pm)
Chesterfield v Millwall (3pm)
Coventry v Northampton (3pm)
MK Dons v Peterborough (3pm)
Port Vale v Scunthorpe (3pm)
Rochdale v AFC Wimbledon (3pm)
Sheff Utd v Oxford Utd (3pm)
Shrewsbury v Gillingham (3pm)
Southend v Fleetwood (3pm)
Walsall v Bury (3pm)



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