Live blog from Port Vale’s EFL Trophy home game against Tranmere, featuring all the build up, team news, action and reaction.
Good evening from Vale Park. The Vale are kicking off their EFl Trophy campaign with a home game with Tranmere, their second match of the new season having won at Scunthorpe in the Carabao Cup.
Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Glanford Park was a fine way to kick off 2020/21. This game isn’t as important as Vale’s League Two opener, at home to Crawley on Saturday, but even so John Askey and his players will be looking to extend a nine-game unbeaten run that stretches back into last season.
So, how will they get on? I’m The Sentinel and StokeonTrentLive’s Port Vale reporter Mike Baggaley and am blogging live from the game. So, follow me for all the build up, action and reaction.
Rovers thought they had taken the lead when Morris unleashed a powerful strike from the edge of the area that Dino Visser did brilliantly to tip away from the top corner.
Rodney goes close, on 83 minutes, cutting in from the left and smashing a right footed effort fractionally over from 25 yards.
Much better from Kieran Morris who lets fly from 30 yards – and that’s not far wide of the far post.
Rovers break but Morris slips as he is about to shoot. He recovers but skies a 25 yard effort into the back of the Hamil
Smith is constantly getting forward from right back, and stretched the defence again before Rodney played a lovely low ball across the area. Robinson looked destined to score at the far post but O’Connor stretched and got a toe to the ball to deflect it away from the striker.
Vale keep the ball really well around the edge of the area, stretching the visiting defence as Vale probed for an opening. The move eventually breaks down though as Ridehalgh nicked possession a split second before he was clobbered by Smith.
Both are a straight swap with Conlon taking Oyeleke’s position in the centre of the midfield three while Rodney is deployed on the left of the front three.
There’s a double change at the break as Manny Oyeleke and Cristian Montano are replaced by Tom Conlon and Devante Rodney.
Who has impressed? I reckon Cristian Montano and Manny Oyeleke have both done well in their first game back after injury.
Good work by Theo Robinson back on the edge of his own area to win the ball.
Oyeleke finds Montano on the left. He takes on his man and checks back inside but then overhits his cross into touch.
Robinson gets the ball under control while taking it on the run just outside the area, left side. He gets a shot away but can’t get hold of it properly and the keeper saves comfortably.
Now Trickett-Smith is tracking back well to deny Ridehalgh who was chasing a through ball down the left.
Neat football on the edge of the box before the ball is slid through to Stefan Payne on the right of the area. He slides the ball goalwards but Visser is off his line, spreads himself, and makes the block.
Great work from Oyeleke to win the ball then turn out of trouble, but his through ball is just too far ahead of Robinson.
Trickett-Smith is getting stuck in. He slides into win the ball. He’ll be determined to show what he can do in this rare first team chance.
It’s been mostly Vale but Tranmere threaten as Spearing threads the ball through to Payne who is onside in the right side of the area. But the chance is wasted as his chipped cross is too close to Visser.
Whitehead’s corner is headed clear but worked back to the midfielder. This time the ball in breaks to Montano in the back of the area but his cross-shot is blocked.
Otis Khan cut in and seemed to have made room to shoot from just inside the area, but Fitzpatrick had kept track with his man and slid in to block the shot.
Good football from Vale ends in Robinson crossing for Oyeleke who heads just over. That move was started by Oyeleke in the middle with a nice ball out to the left. That’s the best chance of the game. 12 mins and 0-0
That’s a great run from Montano who cuts in from the left and beats two men before finding Robinson on the left of the area but he is crowded out.
Oyeleke is playing in the midfield holding role usually occupied by Luke Joyce. He’s just played a lovely crossfield ball out to Montano on the left but his cross is cleared at the far post.
He was excellent in that win at Scunthorpe and is one of the key men being rested tonight with the league game at home to Crawley in mind.
I’ve just had a chat with Vale chief executive Colin Garlick who has explained that tonight’s game DOES count towards Tom Pope’s six game ban.
So, having already missed the Carabao Cup tie, he will only have four games left to serve after this one.
David Amoo picked up a thigh strain last Friday which is why he missed the Scunthorpe game and misses out tonight.
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