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PREVIEW: Port Vale on Tuesday night

A look ahead to our midweek opponents

8 February 2022

The busy run of fixtures continues at Brunton Park on Tuesday night with the visit of Port Vale.

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The Valiants have been around the play-off places all season but inconsistency has dogged them, as has been shown in their most recent run of results. 

One win, two draws and two defeats from their last five league outings is typical of their campaign, but they have quality and goals in a team that is also dynamic going forward.

Delays for bent posts included, it was a busy January at Vale Park with Leeds forward Ryan Edmondson first through the door on a half-season loan.

Another loan followed with Huddersfield striker Kian Harrett, and left back Chris Hussey also penned a deal when he left Cheltenham for an undisclosed fee.

Defender Connor Hall came in from Harrogate on a permanent deal, with Leon Legge heading out the opposite way. More loan dealings were concluded when Ipswich stopper Tomas Holy and Oxford forward Joel Cooper entered the building.

Another undisclosed fee was involved when Mansfield midfielder Harry Charsley agreed a move, and the final piece of business was done when defender Sammy Robinson left Manchester City to head to the Potteries.

Their Saturday afternoon mirrored ours, with wet weather putting the mallet to their Salford away day, so they head north feeling refreshed and ready to go again.

who watch

Striker James Wilson is a handful and he has seven goals and one assist from his 24 appearances so far.

He brings more than that to mix, though, with a real presence in the penalty area.

A definite threat, he's our Tuesday night one to watch.

Familiar faces in the squad include David Amoo and Jamie Proctor - it'll be good to see them again.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Port Vale wins
League 14 10 10
League Cup 1 1 1
Cup 0 1 2
FA Cup 0 0 1
Total 15 12 14

These teams seem to like a 0-0 draw recently, and that's how it ended in August 2021 down at Vale Park.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

It was a tight encounter in Cumbria in April 2021 when both sides kept plugging away without quite managing to pick a way through.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

The trip to Port Vale in October 2020 brought a 1-0 away win for the Blues courtesy of a second half goal from Jon Mellish.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

These sides met just once in the 2019/20 season as the Covid-19 outbreak wiped out their April meeting here at Brunton Park.

Vale took the honours at their place in November 2019 as Dave Worrall and Mark Cullen cancelled out a first minute strike from Ryan Loft.

Watch the highlights from that meeting here:

The last meeting between these teams prior to that was in January 2019 when United put the 10-man Valiants to the sword courtesy of a late goal from striker Connor Simpson.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

We were 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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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:


Referee - Andrew Kitchen
Assistant Referee 1 - David Avent
Assistant Referee 2 - Geoffrey Liddle
Fourth Official - Paul Marsden
Observer - Brian Parry
Coach - Graham Laws

Our referee for this game is Mr Andrew Kitchen. He has been in charge of 20 games so far this season showing 55 yellow cards and two reds.

This is his first season on the EFL list and only the second time he has been the man in the middle for a Carlisle United fixture.

We met him in October 2021 for our home game against Tranmere. A Rod McDonald own goal separated the teams on the day, and Zach Clough went in the book for the Blues.


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