Port Vale will look to extend their four-match unbeaten run tomorrow, travelling the short distance to local rivals Macclesfield Town with an eagerly-anticipated derby on show this weekend.
Their 3-1 win over Morecambe last weekend means the Valiants are just three points adrift of the playoff places after 12 matches this term, though form goes out the window in unpredictable clashes like these.
Vale boss John Askey targeted the 20-point mark early on and despite an inconsistent start to 2019/20, they appear on the right track with key players returning from injury too.
“I think for every game this season, we’ve been well equipped. We have more options, a better squad and the team is fitter but things can soon change, we don’t get ahead of ourselves. Saturday is massive for us, if we can get to 20 points after 13 games, it puts us in a really good position.”
Hosts eager for improvement, eyeing win
Macclesfield haven’t won a league match since late August but head coach Daryl McMahon stressed this will not be a repeat of their frenetic 3-2 EFL Trophy defeat last month.
On whether it’ll be another open game, he said: “No, I think we made ten changes to our starting eleven that had been playing and we’ll have a totally different side out on Saturday.”
With a bigger crowd than normal and a high-intensity game in store, Daryl reflected upon their profilagacy in the final third with comments suggesting this weekend could prove a key turning point in their campaign.
“We’ve played some good stuff, I think we’ve deserved all three [points]in games too: Newport, Colchester, Crawley all in form and probably been the better side in all those with better chances. A lack of quality with finishing, but performances have been really good.”
With a 3pm Saturday kick-off scheduled, Macclesfield have only won three of the pair’s last ten meetings. Vale will be hoping history repeats itself this weekend.