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16 November 2019 Venue Vale Park Attendance

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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Back to league action at Port Vale for the Blues

We take a closer look at this weekend's opponents

14 November 2019

Carlisle get back to the important business of looking for league points as they head to Vale Park this weekend.

The Valiants will be full of confidence following their FA Cup victory over MK Dons last weekend, a result which extended their unbeaten run to five games.

They were at home to the Newcastle United under-21 side in the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday night, a game they safely negotiated with a 2-1 victory and which kept their current impressive run going. 

Just one league defeat through October and November has seen them climb to within touching distance of the League Two play-off places and there's no doubt they'll be looking to carry that on, with momentum key for all clubs at this crucial stage of the season.

There are some very familiar faces in the Vale Park ranks with former-Blues David Amoo, Richie Bennett, Shaun Brisley, Mark Cullen and Luke Joyce all plying their trade in the Potteries, and it's Bennett who currently leads the scoring charts for the club with four to his name.

Nathan Smith, Jake Taylor and Amoo has three each, with Cullen and David Worrall hot on their heels with two strikes on the scoreboard.

Manager John Askey joined the club in February, and his new approach has brought a slick style of play and a stubborn defensive streak which has endeared him to the fans.

United can expect a tough test on Saturday afternoon.

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Did You Know?

+ The club were once called Burslem Port Vale, but dropped the ‘Burslem’ from their name in 1907.

+ Port Vale hold the record for the most seasons in the Football League without playing top-flight football - 106.

+ Perhaps Port Vale’s most famous supporter is singer Robbie Williams, who even owned shares in the club until 2012.

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Head to Head

The sides have met a total of 37 times with United edging it with 14 victories to Port Vale's 13.

 

Carlisle wins

Draws

Port Vale wins

League

13

8

9

League Cup

1

1

1

Cup

0

1

2

FA Cup

0

0

1

Total

14

10

13

The last meeting between these teams was in January this year when United put the 10-man Valiants to the sword courtesy of a late goal from striker Connor Simpson.

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Prior to that, we were here at Brunton Park in August 2018 when the Blues secured a 2-1 home victory. Goals either side of the break from Danny Grainger and Tom Parkes gave United a comfortable cushion, but Luke Hannant had hearts fluttering when he bagged a Valiant consolation with just two minutes left on the clock.

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Back at Vale Park in March 2018 and second half goals from Ashley Nadesan and Hallam Hope handed the Blues a hard fought victory. Dior Angus had given the home side a first half lead, but Antony Kay was sent off for the hosts as tempers flared late in the game.

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The Blues had made heavy weather of the game earlier in that season, just before Christmas, when they allowed Tyrone Barnett and Tom Pope to give the visitors an unexpected two-goal cushion. A late strike from Richie Bennett did little to prevent the away side from taking the spoils on the day.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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Man in the middle:

Martin CoyThe referee for this game is Mr Martin Coy. Martin has taken charge of 12 games so far this season and has shown 48 yellow cards.

We saw him twice last season, with our first meeting for the home defeat against Grimsby in October. The goal came in the first half from Luke Hendrie, but there were no United names entered into the book.

He was back here a month later for the 1-1 Checkatrade Trophy meeting with Stoke City under-21s. Jack Sowerby scored the goal and Gary Liddle was shown a yellow card. 

He was with us three times during the 2017/18 season, with his first visit up north coming in August 2017 for our 3-0 home victory over Cheltenham. Tom Miller and Reggie Lambe added to a fifth minute own goal from Harry Pell, and Mark Ellis was the only Carlisle booking on the day.

We saw him again for our November Checkatrade Trophy group game against Fleetwood, where a certain Jack Sowerby opened the scoring on the night. Wes Burns doubled the lead just before half time, and a late Shaun Miller goal did little to affect the outcome as the visitors took the win come full time. Tom Miller and Jamie Devitt received yellow cards that night.

His last trip to Brunton Park during that campaign was for our 2-2 draw with Crawley in March. Richie Bennett and Hallam Hope appeared to have done the job with goals to give us a 2-0 lead, but the Red Devils recovered and claimed their point courtesy of a brace from Kalen Grant. United names taken were Clint Hill, Hallam Hope and Tom Parkes.

Referee - Martin Coy
Assistant Referee 1 - Marvyn Amphlett
Assistant Referee 2 - Thomas Harty
Fourth Official - Richard Bartlett

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Port Vale 2 - 1 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

16 November 2019

United came out of their busy schedule of cup fixtures with a return to league action at Vale Park on Saturday afternoon.

And caretaker manager Gav Skelton, installed after the Wednesday departure of Steven Pressley, went with a 4-4-2 formation with Canice Carroll and Ryan Loft in for Jon Mellish and Jack Bridge.

It took just 21 seconds for the visitors to take the lead when Gethin Jones robbed possession on the halfway line. He strode forward and fed it inside to Olomola, who held the ball up before feeding Jones on the overlap. A low delivery found Loft unmarked and up in support inside the area and he executed the simple task of tapping it in from close range.

Vale almost responded immediately when a move through the centre saw Bennett call for it. The big striker got a volley on the pass but Collin was down smartly to parry it away.

Carlisle got forward again in what was a frantic start when McKirdy and Loft tried to find a way through on the left wing, and a hurried clearance sat up nicely for Mike Jones to strike. It was bouncing awkwardly and the scuffed attempt bobbled wide of the upright.

Back at the other end, and still with just seven minutes played, Jake Taylor suddenly had space after a tussle with Canice Carroll. His rasping drive crashed back off the post and was helped on its way by Mike Jones.

The Valiants pushed for an equaliser and a downward header from Amoo found Bennett, who had moved a yard off his marker as a corner delivery came in. Collin was excellent once again as he stayed big to make an instinctive point-blank save.

Things settled down as both teams defended well, but a break from Amoo for the hosts on 26 minutes saw him cross early as Bennett showed at the front stick. His header took a deflection, and the corner caused all kinds of problems as it pinged around inside the box. Taylor and Smith had swipes at it, but the blue shirts breathed easy as it was hooked high and out of the box.

Tackles flew in as the game developed a real edge, with Loft and Mike Jones giving everything as they closed players down, and a long period of stalemate brought another moment of frustration for Thomas as he tried to angle a run inside the left back. His shot from 19-yards was slowed down by Legge and Brown was able to gather it up. 

The half ended with a run and wild shot from Montano, and with United holding onto their one-goal advantage with a determined display.

A slower start to the second period saw nothing of note created in either box, but a long throw from Iredale on 57 minutes was allowed to bounce before being dealt with. McKirdy and Olomola were interested but Legge intervened to put it behind.

The corner was only cleared as far as Carroll, who was on hand on the edge of the box, and he twisted his way past his man before he clipped a measured shot at the top corner. It had too much on it and it went over the bar.

It brought things to life and Taylor went on a run before letting fly for Vale. It took a deflection and trundled behind for a corner. That was cleared, but the home side were quickly back on the attack when Amoo rolled the ball down the line before showing again to deliver it into the mix. Gibbons flicked it on and Worrall finished it off with a sliding clipped effort.

The introduction of Jack Bridge for Olufela Olomola brought a change to a 4-3-3 formation for the away side, but United wasted a good opening when the subsitute spread the ball to McKirdy. He dropped a shoulder but his 20-yarder was always heading wide.

Carlisle thought they'd taken the lead on 72 minutes when Loft spun his man in midfield before sending Thomas away. The wide man beat his marker and drilled the ball at the top corner, forcing a fine save from Brown.

Midfielder Mike Jones screwed one over the bar moments later, when he got on the end of a clearance from a Webster pass, but Loft should have put his team back in front on 80 minutes when Thomas dumped Gibbons to the floor before putting it on a plate. The big striker pulled the trigger but he couldn't keep it down.

Vale had moments of their own, with wayward crosses being allowed to run free across the face of goal, but disaster struck on 83 minutes for United when a Gibbons cross somehow got past an attempted clearance from Webster. He completely missed it and another former Carlisle player, Mark Cullen, said thank you very much as he headed it into the waiting net.

The strike proved to be decisive as a good United away performance was ultimately made to count for nothing.

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Goals

Port Vale - Worrall (60), Cullen (83)

Carlisle United - Loft (21 seconds)

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Bookings

Port Vale - Gibbons (75), Montano (88)

Carlisle United - Carroll (53), Loft (87)

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Teams

Port Vale - Brown (gk), Gibbons, Joyce, Legge, Worrall (Browne 84), Montano, Smith, Taylor, Amoo, Burgess (Cullen 73), Bennett (Pope 57). Subs - Maddison (gk), Evans, Lloyd, Brisley.

Carlisle United - Collin (c) (gk), G Jones, Branthwaite, Webster, Iredale, Thomas, M Jones, Carroll (Sorensen 88), McKirdy, Olomola (Bridge 64), Loft. Subs - Gray (gk), Elliott, Mellish, Hayden, Knight-Percival.

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Match officials

Referee - Martin Coy
Assistant Referee 1 - Marvyn Amphlett
Assistant Referee 2 - Thomas Harty
Fourth Official - Richard Bartlett

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Attendance - 4,783 (343 away fans)

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