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Match Preview: Port Vale vs Macclesfield Town

1 January 2020

The Silkmen make the short journey to Burslem as we start 2020 with a local derby in our latest Sky Bet League Two fixture away at Vale Park.

The Valiants have enjoyed a solid season and find themselves in 10th position in the Sky Bet League Two standings ahead of this afternoon’s match.

Last Time Out

We have already faced John Askey’s side this campaign in Sky Bet League Two action, a 2-1 victory at the Moss Rose in October, with Arthur Gnahoua and Emmanuel Osadebe securing the points on that occasion.

Our visit to Vale Park last campaign all but secured our league status as David Fitzpatrick scored one of our most memorable goals of the 2018/19 campaign in front of a strong Silkmen following.

We look forward to seeing you all get behind the team once again and playing your part in pushing the Silkmen towards a positive result.

Recent Form

Whilst both sides had recorded a series of draws prior to last Sunday’s fixtures, Vale shocked league leaders Swindon Town by defeating the Wiltshire side 2-0.

Meanwhile, Macc fell to a narrow defeat away at Forest Green Rovers and will be eager to bounce back in style against a rejuvenated Vale side.

Ones to Watch

Tom Pope has been Vale’s dangerman this campaign, netting six goals and adding a further two assists in all competitions.

The veteran forward is in his second spell at Vale, having re-joined the club from Bury in 2017.

Richie Bennett is also another player Macc will have to look out for this afternoon, the forward netted the opener in the reverse fixture at the Moss Rose and has been directly involved in seven Vale goals this campaign.

View from The Dugouts

Macc Head Coach Daryl McMahon insists the team are looking forward to the game and are eager to bounce back from Sunday’s disappointment:

“We are looking forward to it,” he said.

“Hopefully Theo Vassell is back from injury as well which will thicken the squad up, and we go into it looking forward to the game.

“Our away following has been very good this year, especially in the local games, Oldham and Salford spring to mind straight away; and I’m sure we will have that again at Port Vale”.

Former Silkmen boss John Askey had this to say ahead of the game:

“We’ve got to follow it up and the attitude has got to be the same when you play the likes of Macclesfield as it is when you’re playing the top teams, so hopefully we can do that."


Ticket Information

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You can read more about players who have represented both clubs by clicking here, alternatively, you can read the complete history of our visits to Vale Park by clicking here.

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