Writer: Joe Brown
Date:Friday April 11 2008
It will be Status Quo time for Vale at 5 o'clock on Saturday, either 'Margarita time' as they celebrate a win keeping their hopes alive of avoiding the drop, or 'Down down' as they slip to defeat and out of FL1.
Huddersfield Town travel down to the potteries under Gerry Murphys charge, wanting to continue where they left off last week against Doncaster Rovers, with a display full of passion and pride, for Port Vale the stakes could not be higher, defeat will see them relegated.
Managed now by former Town player Lee Sinnott, the manager has made a lot of changes to the side defeated 3-1 at the Galpharm back in November 07, changes which are now just starting to pay off.
Gerry Murphy 'Port Vale are a side that I would rather not be playing against at the moment, because they've had a good run of late,' Gerry admitted to the official website. 'They have won their last three games and they are fighting for their lives in League One at the moment. They will play tomorrow like they have not played all season and I'm sure their fans will be saying that they should have played like this all season! We know it's going to be a very hard game for us.
Kyle Perry is out after injuring his thigh in training.
Luke Rodgers should be fit after an ankle injury.
Krystian Pearce is available after extending his loan deal from Birmingham City, while Mitchell Hanson comes in after his loan move from Derby County.
Luke Rodgers is their top scorer with twelve, although Marc Richards (ex Wiolves, Barnsley) is on fire up front at the moment scoring twice last week.
The usual injuries plus Frank Sinclair, it looks like Tom Clarke will make the bench. Murphy may play the same team.
Gerry Murphy 'We'll be keeping the same system for tomorrow, simply because it worked so well last week. It would be pointless to change things around and swap players, as I believe the 11 players who played so well against Doncaster deserve to keep their place.'
Came back to life last week, and a high octane, do or die encounter like this will suit his game.
Terriers form is irrelevant with the managerial change, last weeks draw bodes well though.
Port Vale are on a belated good run winning their last three games in an attempt to saty in the division
Tough game for Town, Vale will fight to the end, and they do have a good record against Huddersfield. I would be happy with another draw. Bookies say 6/5 Vale, 9/4 Draw and 7/4 Town making the team 23rd in the league favourites against the terriers !
Tuesday Evening 15/4/8 Leeds United at the Galpharm Stadium
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Date:Friday April 11 2008
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