Fleetwood Town host Port Vale at Highbury on Saturday in their upcoming Sky Bet League One clash, and we have all the relevant information you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town vs Port Vale
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 11 March 2023
Venue: Highbury Stadium
The Cods will be looking to get back to winning ways as they are set to play at home for the first time this month, after three straight away fixtures against Championship side Burnley in the Emirates FA Cup, and two league clashes against Cheltenham Town and Wycombe Wanderers after that respectively.
Scott Brown’s side were one of the form teams last month, with five wins from seven in all competitions, but they have struggled a little bit with fatigue since them, as the game against the Valiants on Saturday will be their 11th game in just five weeks. The three games so far in the month of March have all ended in defeats meaning a home game will be a welcome change.
The side will be hoping to bring some of their recent home momentum into this fixture as the last game at Highbury took place at the end of last month when Carlos Mendes Gomes' close-range strike was enough to beat Lancashire rivals Morecambe on the day.
The Valiants have had a similar season to Fleetwood up to this date as both clubs are just separated by one point and a single place in the League One table. In their last outing, they came out victorious as they hosted Milton Keynes Dons with Aaron Donnelly’s goal in the first half being the only one of the contest almost a week ago at Vale Park.
With Fleetwood’s February form being one of the best in the league, the same can’t be said by the those at Vale as they won just one of their seven games, and that one ended as a 1-0 home win over Exeter City thanks to a William Forrester strike and a Rekeem Harper red card for the visiting side.
For those who remember, the Valiants were Town’s first test of the Sky Bet League One campaign back in July and they came out on top that day. Even though Dan Batty opened the scoring just six minutes into the game, two quickfire goals from Nathan Smith and Connor Hall flipped the game on its head meaning the points would head back down the M6 that day.
STEVEN WHITTAKER’S THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THE GAME
Assistant head coach Steven Whittaker sat down with the media on Thursday afternoon and previewed Fleetwood Town’s upcoming Sky Bet League One clash against Port Vale. Here’s what Steven had to say ahead of the game:
“It’s going to be a tough game; we’re coming off the back of a couple of better results at home so we are hoping we can keep a feel-good factor going into the game, they are off the back of a win so it’s going to be a challenge like every game is. We did a bit of work with the boys this morning, but we’ll continue to work and carry on planning.
“We’ve had a bit of inconsistency here and there; we’ve had games where we’ve drawn and have played well but, on the other hand, we’ve scored some goals in the final minutes of games that have secured us some points as well. There have been ups and downs with the good and the bad, but I think the boys need some credit.
“Every game we’ve been in whether we are winning or losing at the time and I don’t think there’s been a game that’s gotten away from us as we’ve been in them until the dying minutes, which is down to their endeavour to try and take something from each match – we’ll be trying to finish more towards the top than the bottom from now until the end of the season.”
On the day of the game, there will be two matchday packages available for overseas supporters, and one for UK-based supporters - buy your iFollow pass HERE!
Video Match Pass - £10 (Overseas only)
Audio Match Pass - £2.50 (U.K and Overseas)
Those who choose the Audio Match Pass option will get access to just the commentary, which will be provided by our partners, BBC Radio Lancashire. Season passes are available with audio passes for only £45 for the season, for all UK-based members of the Cod Army!
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