Fleetwood v Port Vale preview

Team news ahead of Tuesday’s League Two clash between Fleetwood

Town and Port Vale at Highbury Stadium.

Jon Parkin will hope to retain his place in the starting XI when

in-form Fleetwood host Port Vale in League Two.

The burly striker, scorer of a hat-trick in his previous game

against Morecambe, was substituted having being booked during the

first half of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Northampton.

“Every time Jon went for a challenge the referee felt there was

a decision to be made and they were going against the big man,”

manager Micky Mellon told Fleetwood’s official website.

“I felt that, having already been booked, there could have been

another yellow at any time. We had an able substitute ready in

Steven Gillespie and the decision was a no brainer.”

The Cod Army head into the game second in the table and level on

points with third-placed Vale. They have a clean bill of health

with the exception of long-term victim Anthony Barry (knee).

Port Vale manager Micky Adams is considering changing his

starting XI for the first time in eight matches against Fleetwood

after being impressed by his substitutes at the weekend.

Vale trailed 1-0 at Plymouth on Saturday before the introduction

of striker Ben Williamson and midfielder Ryan Burge quickly saw

Adams’ side overturn their half-time deficit. Left-sided player Rob

Taylor also made an impact as a late replacement.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to the north west, Adams said: “I

didn’t think we got going in the first half [at Plymouth]. We

looked a bit lethargic and were chasing shadows a lot of the time,

but I knew we could get better and so it proved. I was really

pleased with the second half – that was more like it.

“The substitutes all made a big impact and have given me food

for thought. It’s important the players on the fringe of the team

don’t switch off.

“I’ve not changed the side for seven games, but that doesn’t

mean to say the other players are not in my thoughts.”

Defender Gareth Owen and midfielder Ryan Lloyd were unused subs

against Plymouth and will be hoping they are involved at Highbury

Stadium.