Port Vale defender Connor Rawlinson speaks ahead of the Bury match

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Port Vale defender Connell Rawlinson is looking forward to facing his ex-teammate Ryan Lowe when his Bury team travel to Vale this weekend.

Rawlinson played with Rowe when he was at youth level at Chester and say he is looking forward to seeing him again.

Rawlinson said: “I played with him (Ryan Lowe) when I was at Chester, I was a youth player and he was in the Chester first team.

“I was only a young lad at the time, I was 16 and he was an senior pro. If he manages how he played, I am sure he will be very vocal on the side-line.

“I can remember when we was at Chester together, he was very vocal, a good leader, it is no surprise that he has turned into a manager, he had all the attributes as a player to become a manager and I am looking forward to seeing him again and shaking his hand ahead of the challenge on Saturday.”

Rawlinson has admitted that the last few results away from home has helped the team bounce back after the Lincoln league defeat at Vale Park.

He said: “We needed an reaction after the Lincoln game and we have definitely got that over the last few games.

“Nothing has changed, I think since the uncharacteristic game against Lincoln where we concede 6 goals, we have gone back to basics really, defending corners well, we have gone through a lot in training especially on set plays, coming off the back of 3 clean sheets, including the check a trade game, I think the change of system has helped a little bit.

“I am happy, I am in my preferred position, either the left or the right side of the three, either side I don’t mind, I have been playing right back a lot recently and that has been fun but it is better to be playing in the middle again as it is more interesting and you can be more involved as sometimes when the ball is on the other side of the pitch, you feel a bit redundant.

“I think it has made us more solid and with Theo(Vassell) coming in at left wing back, he is a bit more defensive and he can offer a bit more of a defensive presence in the box.”

Port Vale drew Sunderland in the first round of The Emirates Fa Cup on Monday night and Rawlinson is looking forward to facing the “biggest team in the competition” at Vale Park.

Rawlinson added: “Obviously you either want the biggest team in the competition or a slightly easier draw so you can progress through a few rounds, but between the lads, we have spoken and we feel that we could get a result, escipally being at home if we work hard in training ahead of the game and hopefully we can get a positive result.

“I have heard rumours that there could be 10 to 12 thousand here, with their fans, I hear they are bringing between 3 and 4, but the more fans the better really, it gets the lads going and gives the game a bit more spice, and helps if your back is against the ropes but also helps you if you can get a goal and you can stay in front.”

Port Vale face Bury on Saturday at 3pm at Vale Park and will still be without Manny Oyeleke, Christian Montano and Scott Quigley due to injuries.

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