Accrington v Port Vale preview

Dean Winnard and Padraig Amond are pushing for starts as

Accrington manager Paul Cook considers shuffling his pack.

Stanley snared a surprise opening day win in npower League Two,

overcoming last season’s play-off semi-finalists Southend 1-0 at

Roots Hall thanks to a goal from on-loan Reading striker Karl

Sheppard on his league debut.

Winnard made the bench having recovered from a hamstring injury

at the weekend, while Amond may start in attack alongside


If Cook opts to freshen things up in midfield, Charlie Barnett

may come into the reckoning.

There is also the possibility new faces could arrive in time to

feature against the Valiants.

“There are still one or two more signings coming in, which is

great for the club,” Cook told Accrington’s official website. “It

will be an exciting signing or two and will take our age a little

bit up as well. We’re in the loan market as well.”

Meanwhile, Port Vale will have an unchanged squad for their

first away game of the season.

After being knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Burnley,

manager Micky Adams made two changes for his side’s npower League

Two opener against Barnet on Saturday.

Richard Duffy and Clayton McDonald replaced Adam Yates and Joe

Davis in defence and after Vale kept a clean sheet and beat the

Bees 3-0, there is a strong possibility that Adams could stick with

the same backline at the Crown Ground.

Should Adams wish to make changes elsewhere, he has the likes of

midfielders Darren Murphy, Ryan Burge and Ryan Lloyd and striker

Ben Williamson to call upon.

Adams is looking to carry the momentum of a thumping first-day

win over Barnet into a tough week for Vale.

“It would be nice to keep things going, but we’ll have to be

resolute in both games,” said Adams, whose side travel to Morecambe

at the weekend after Tuesday night’s trip to Accrington. “They are

two sides who, on their day, are capable of beating anybody,

particularly on their own patch. We won’t take them lightly and

we’ll approach the games in a professional manner. If we can keep

that belief and attitude, despite all the ongoing traumas at the

club, then we’ll be okay.”