Cheltenham Town vs Port Vale – Match Preview

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This Saturday, Tom Pope will return for Port Vale as they travel to Cheltenham Town in the 2nd round of the FA Cup.

The forward missed his side’s 2-1 defeat to Scunthorpe United last weekend after being found guilty of breaching FA rule E3.

“A Participant shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or brings the game into disrepute.”

The 34-year-old has scored three times this season and will boost manager Jon Askey’s squad, giving him a different option in attack.

In the first round of the competition, the Valiants defeated MK Dons 1-0 away from home courtesy of a header from David Worrall.

However, Worrall was sent off after the final whistle against Scunthorpe so will miss the trip to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium this weekend.

“As we all know, he’s probably been playing as well as his throughout his career at Vale, said Askey on Worrall.

“Not only has he been working hard for the team, he’s started to score and make goals as well, so out of all of the players, he’s the one we don’t want to be losing.

“Previously when people have come in, they’ve done well so hopefully whoever gets the chance will do well in David’s position.”

Vale last reached the third round of the FA Cup in 2016/17 and face a tie against Premier League or Championship opposition if they do so again.

Askey gave his thoughts on the game ahead: “It’s a massive competition history wise, it creates a lot of interest.

“If we can get a win on Saturday then the third round is where you want to be, for ourselves, the players, supporters, we want to be in the third round.

“They’re a strong team, Cheltenham, well organised and difficult to play at home but there’s no reason we can’t go through.

The Robins saw off Swindon Town 1-0 away from home in the first round so will be confident they can get a good result in front of their own fans this time around.

Askey’s opposite number Michael Duff, said: “They’ve been on a good run, and have got a way of playing – they’re organised and fit.

“They’ve been much improved this season. We’re under no illusions – so we have to be better with the ball and hopefully be more resilient defensively.”

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