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Match Preview: Port Vale (H)

20 October 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview: Port Vale (H)

20 October 2023

Stevenage return to The Lamex Stadium searching for an important result against Andy Crosby’s Port Vale…

Boro will be hungry to return to winning ways after last weekend’s defeat in Blackpool, and with the side sitting fifth in the Sky Bet League One table, there is plenty to be positive about. Stevenage’s most recent league outing at The Lamex Stadium saw them pick up all three points through an early Aaron Pressley penalty.

Port Vale are no strangers to Stevenage, with the two clubs meetings on 17 occasions in the past. Boro have come out on top in five of those games, with The Valiants winning four and the sides drawing eight times.

The Opposition

Port Vale have struggled for form in recent weeks, having failed to score in their last three league outings. Their most recent league game consisted of a trip to the South Coast to face John Mousinho’s Portsmouth. Pompey were the far better side on the day as Colby Bishop’s brace ensured a 2-0 victory over Stevenage’s next opponents.

The Valiants’ top scorer this season is attacking midfielder Ben Garrity, who also appears in the forward line occasionally. Garrity has five goals to his name in all competitions this season and has appeared in every single one of his side’s matches so far this campaign.

Tomorrow’s opponents usually line up in a 3-4-2-1 formation with Connor Ripley spending every minute of every league game so far between the sticks. Nathan Smith has started every league game in the back three, but his defensive partners have been rotated throughout the campaign. James Wilson leads the line most often and has grabbed two goals in ten so far.

The Manager

Andy Crosby joined the Port Vale coaching staff in 2021, stepping down from his role as caretaker Manager of Northern Ireland U21. Two years later, Crosby was named caretaker Manager of the Valiants after the sacking of Darrell Clarke. Then, in May of this year he was awarded the permanent job but in the opening game of the 2023/24 campaign, his side suffered a 7-0 defeat away to Barnsley.

The Officials

 Scott Jackson has been appointed Match Referee for tomorrow’s game with Paul Evans and Adam Ricketts as his Assistants, and Andy Bennett as Fourth Official. Jackson has dished out 43 yellow cards and one red in ten games so far this campaign.


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