Robert Page laments back-to-back losses for Port Vale

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Port Vale boss Robert Page said he is unhappy about the form his side is in ahead of the Valiants’ clash against Bradford City.

After defeats against Barnsley and Cheshire rivals Crewe, Page’s side sit 15th in League One, but only four points off a play-off place.

Page said: “We’ve had a little bit of a dip in form of late, we are not happy.

“It’s the first time in my reign that we’ve lost two games back-to-back.

“What’s more frustrating is the fact that two weeks ago we could have gone up to fifth.”

The Welshman was quick to point out how close the league was, adding: “Barnsley is another great example, where they get back-to-back wins, they win another and they are just outside the play-offs a week ago.

“Two weeks ago they were probably sixth bottom.”

Port Vale also go into the tie without top-scorer Ben Williamson, who will have a scan on his hamstring on Friday, February 6.

Vale midfielder Chris Lines who is returning to fitness, gave an insight into what his side can expect from former wide player Billy Knott, who now plays for Bradford.

He said: “He can get forward and obviously he’s got a great left foot so he can score goals and that’s what he has been doing.

“Passing and technique is one of his strong points.”

Port Vale take on Bradford City at Vale Park this Saturday, February 7,  with a 3pm kick-off.

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