Port Vale host Notts County at Vale Park on Saturday afternoon, and Neil Aspin’s side will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions.
Tom Pope scored the only goal of the game last weekend as Vale overcame Bury in Sky Bet League Two, with the result lifting the Valiants to 14th.
With just six points separating Vale and the play-off places, they will be determined to reduce the gap further with another positive result on home soil.
Despite reaching the semi-finals of the Sky Bet League Two play-offs last season, it hasn’t been an ideal start for Notts County this time around.
Kevin Nolan was relieved of his managerial duties on the 26th August following a less than impressive start, and Harry Kewell was appointed as his successor five days later.
Since the Australian’s arrival, the Magpies have picked up three wins and two draws, but five more defeats leave them languishing inside the bottom four.
Cristian Montano and Manny Oyeleke have both returned to training this week and that will provide a boost for Port Vale, but this weekend’s game comes to early for the duo.
Scott Quigley does remain sidelined through injury, but other than that, the Vale manager will have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Notts County will be without on-loan Brighton defender Ben Hall as he receives treatment for a groin problem, but Richard Duffy could be in contention following a hamstring injury.
Neil Aspin’s Thoughts
“You look at the size of the club – I’ve played against them (Notts County) a few times in my career – they’re clearly a big club and they’ll be looking to get promotion out of the league.
“A new manager has come in, and a new manager will always want to bring in some of his own players but it takes time as well as implementing his own style of play.
“We won’t treat Notts County any differently to how we treated Bury – if we don’t work as hard as we did against Oldham and Bury, we certainly won’t win the game.
“If we all do our jobs and work hard, then we are capable of getting the result.”