Salford City will be looking to continue their impressive away form at Port Vale on Saturday.
Since New Year’s Day, The Ammies have won six and drawn one of seven league games away from The Peninsula Stadium.
Ironically the one draw was our last visit to Vale Park at the start of February, which ended 1-1 thanks to substitute Tom Elliott’s header.
The Burslem club is also where co-owner Paul Scholes made his Manchester United debut in 1994, scoring both goals in a League Cup victory against Vale.
Now interim Head Coach, the 45-year-old says his side are ready for Saturday’s clash after a few days together.
“I’ve been really pleased with them, I know the quality of the squad and we’re looking forward to Saturday. I couldn’t have asked for anymore on the training side of things, they’ve given everything they’ve had and I hope we can save a little bit in the tank for Saturday now.
“We’ve had some good results, some points we’ve dropped that we probably should have won but Saturday will be tough, they’re a good team and they’ve had some really good results.
“I know they’ve got beat by Carlisle but we’ve had a good look at them and they missed a couple of chances really, they had chances to win the game so we’ve got to be careful but we feel we’ve got the players, we’ve got the quality in the team to score goals and hurt them.
“I’m looking forward to it, it’s always a nice pitch down there, a big pitch, so there’s plenty of space on the pitch for us to play football and hopefully express ourselves.”
One of last season’s surprise packages, Port Vale managed an eighth place finish in 2019-20 which was just one point outside of the play-offs. A significant number of draws cost John Askey’s side as they racked up 15, two of which came against Salford.
In August at The Peninsula Stadium Jake Beesley scored a stoppage time equaliser before February’s meeting, and Vale are yet to register a win against Salford having lost in the EFL Trophy Third Round in January.
However Askey has kept a large core of that squad together, and has made some shrewd summer additions including former Ammies Danny Whitehead and Dev Rodney, and top scorers from Carlisle United and Colchester United; Harry McKirdy and Theo Robinson.
The Valiants made a decent start with back-to-back wins before a goalless draw with Harrogate, but have lost the last two games 1-0.
In the whole of 2019-20 they only lost once at home (W9 D8 L1), and they will be keen to avoid a second in four already as well as a third defeat on the spin.
HOW TO WATCH
Supporters can watch all the action from Vale Park at live.salfordcityfc.co.uk. Match passes are available for £10 in the UK and £7 overseas, or commentary passes can be purchased for £2.50.
Kick-off is 15:00 BST, with coverage starting at 14:00 and commentary from 14:55. The pre-match show with Zarah Connolly will be live across our social media platforms at 14:30.
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