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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Port Vale

21 December 2018

Macclesfield Town return to the Moss Rose this afternoon, as we look to make it back to back home victories under Sol Campbell in Sky Bet League Two.

After overcoming Crawley Town  last weekend, the team will be in high spirits going into the clash.

This is what Sol had to say ahead of the game:

 

The Silkmen will once again be without Rhys Taylor (hip) and Callum Evans (ankle) ahead of the game.

Once again, we hope to see as many of you as possible at the Moss Rose, your support has been invaluable this season and we hope this continues today.

Port Vale come into the game in 15th place in the Sky Bet League Two, after taking 27 points from their 22 games so far.

They drew 2-2 with Cheltenham Town last time out, scoring a stoppage time equaliser to take a point.

They have lost just once in their last five away trips, drawing twice and winning twice in that time.

Opposition manager Neil Aspin had this to say ahead of the game:

 "Any manager going into a club, you expect an up-turn in results. You expect the players to be trying just that little bit harder to impress.

"Certainly, that seems to be the case. Although they've had a loss at Colchester, which was a narrow 1-0 defeat and it's a hard place to go, so that's obviously improved.

"Every game is tough. If we don't approach it correctly, we won't get a result, but the other side of the coin is that we're capable of getting the result so it's down to the players.”

Port Vale manager Neil Aspin

You can find the history of players who have played for both clubs by clicking the relevant link.

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Match Report: Macclesfield 0 - 0 Port Vale

22 December 2018

On a cold winter's day at the Moss Rose the spoils were shared between Macclesfield and Port Vale as the two sides played out a goalless draw.

The first-half was dominated by Macc but an inspired Scott Brown in between the sticks for Port Vale kept the scores as they were throughout the ninety with neither team able to make the breakthrough.

Sol Campbell was forced to make two changes from the team that saw off Crawley Town a week prior to the fixture.

Elliott Durrell and Danny Whitaker both missed out through injury, so Tyrone Marsh and Jordan Ponticelli came into the starting eleven. A welcome return for loanee Ponticelli who made his first start since a 3-0 defeat to Crewe in early September.

The Silkmen came into the game with three wins in their last three home matches and Macc certainly started this match like a team in form.

Leon Legge’s sliced clearance was picked up by Ben Stephens in the fourth minute. He found striker Harry Smith in the box however, Port Vale goalkeeper Scott Brown did just enough to clear Smith’s resulting shot.

Brown was kept busy in between the sticks. James Pearson tried his luck from range early in the half and Fiacre Kelleher’s header from a corner was caught by Vale’s number 1 moments later.

The visitors were confined to long-range efforts throughout the 45. Anthony Kay came closest for Vale, but his speculative effort didn’t trouble O’Hara or his defensive line as his shot flew well wide of the goal from around 30-yards out.

Macc continued to threaten. Both Harry Smith and Ben Stephens fired over the bar, but the best chance of the half fell to the latter of the attackers.

Stephens ran through 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper but as he tried to slot the ball past Brown, Vale’s man between the sticks produced a fantastic save to deny the youngster. The ball fell to Marsh after the save but once again Brown was alert to the danger and somehow blocked a second shot, keeping the half-time score 0-0.

The second-half saw a revitalised Port Vale come out of the tunnel but Macc’s backline stood strong stopping efforts from Leon Legge and Luke Hannant early on in the half.

The second forty-five proved to be more of an equal affair.

Michael Rose’s free-kick stung that hands of Brown in the visitor’s goal after nobody could get the finishing touch on a tantalising ball.

Whereas, Vale’s best chance came through Luke Hannant, who fired over when the ball dropped to him after a corner as both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances.

Macc’s most favourable opportunity fell to Harry Smith as he fired over from the inside the box after Fitzpatrick picked him out in a scrappy second-half.

 

Attendance: 3,951 (1,908 Vale)

Macclesfield Town: O’Hara, Fitzpatrick, Kelleher, Marsh, Smith, Lloyd, Stephens, Pearson, Rose, Ponticelli (Wilson 73’) , Cameron

Subs Not Used: Hodgkiss, Grimes, Welch-Hayes, Maycock, Vincenti, Arthur

Port Vale: Brown, Montano (Whitfield 76’), Legge, Kay, Oyeleke, Pope, Hannant, Smith, Vassell, Conlon (Quigley 66’), Clark

Subs Not Used: Hornby, Gibbons, Joyce, Dodds, Hardcastle

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