NEXT TIME OUT... Port Vale

Matt Edwards
Monday 10 February 2020

Forest Green Rovers host the second of back-to-back home games tomorrow evening when we welcome Port Vale to The New Lawn.

The Valiants inflicted a first defeat of the season on FGR back in August as they ran out 2-1 winners at Vales Park.

Here is all you need to know ahead of the game…

What we said:

George Williams against Walsall February 2020

“Anyone who gets a bit of momentum in this league becomes hard to beat,” said George Williams.

“From our point of view, if we go and win a few games in a row, we’ll be right back up there and we have to start against Port Vale.

“People are playing each other, people are going to be dropping points, there is still so much to play for.”

What they said:

David Worrall Port Vale February 2020

"You can tell, especially off the pitch, around the offices, all the staff are buzzing,” said David Worrall.

"Forest Green is huge now. People know how we play, we have a bit of an identity now.

“We get in your face. If it is ugly we will battle and, if it is about getting it down and playing, we will do that as well."

Injury news:

Forest Green:

 Jevani Brown in action against Crawley Town Away January 2020

George Williams made his return to action on Saturday. The game might be too soon for Jevani Brown to return from his hamstring injury.

There were no new injuries sustained against Walsall.

Port Vale:

James Gibbons must sit out the game as he starts a two-game ban for ten bookings. The full back reached double figures when he was yellow carded six minutes from time at Northampton.

About: Port Vale

Port Vale ended the last century with their most successful period of the club under the management of John Rudge, where they reached their highest post-war finish of eighth in the second tier.

However, since then, it has been a tough road for Vale fans, seeing their side twice enter administration and slipping to the fourth tier.

At the same time Forest Green were being promoted to the Football League for the first time, Vale were being demoted back to League Two.

The club reached a low last season when then owner Norman Smurthwaite threatened to put the club back into administration, having taken them out in 2012, when he was struggling to sell the club and their Vale Park home, which was owned by Smurthwaite through a separate company.

However, the club have been given new life since being sold to long-standing Vale supporters Carol and Kevin Shanahan and are a serious contender to return to League One come the end of this campaign.

Key man: David Worrall

Worrall has had a storied career, making his first-team debut at just 16, before joining West Brom. He went on to have loan spells at Accrington Stanley and Shrewsbury Town, then signed for Bury where he won their Young Player of the Year award, before helping them to promotion and winning the Player of the Year the next season.

 He also gained promotion with Southend in 2015 where he earned a move to Millwall. There he won promotion to the Championship. In 2017 he signed for Vale and has since become a key player for Askey. His form in the second half of the 18/19 season earned him a new contract. 

Last time we met:

Forest Green Rovers suffered their first defeat of the season as they fell to a narrow 2-1 loss at Port Vale back in August.

The game burst into action early on and both sides had found the net after six minutes, Richie Bennett opening the scoring before Joseph Mills levelled things up.

Despite a spirited display in the second half from FGR, it was David Amoo's strike shortly before the break that was the difference on the day.

Head-to-head:

Port Vale make their fourth visit to The New Lawn this evening as they look to continue their push to the play-off spots.

Of those last three visits, the stats are even, with both teams winning one apiece, Vale claiming theirs in the FA Cup back in 2012 courtesy of goals from Ashley Vincent, Clayton McDonald and Ben Williamson.

Coverage:

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Full commentary of Tuesday’s match will also be available on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on 1413AM.

Stay up to date also on Twitter and Instagram by following @FGRFC_Official, which will have all of the team news before kick-off and updates throughout the game.

There will also be key updates and team news on Facebook. Round-up the clash by checking out the club website where there will be a full report looking back on the encounter.