MK Dons travel away to Port Vale on Tuesday night. MKDSA have investigated details ahead of this upcoming visit.
Port Vale are unbeaten in 4 in the league with 2 wins and 2 draws. This has raised the club to 16th in the table. The biggest win of the season was on the opening day as they beat Cambridge United 3-0 at home. Their biggest loss of the season was also at home but this time to league leaders Lincoln city who won 4-0.
Whilst the Dons are now 5 without a victory as we drew 1-1 with Tranmere Rovers on the weekend. Draws have become a regular occurrence so far this season with 6 so far from the opening 10 fixtures. Only the one loss is encouraging and Dons will be looking to gather maximum points to push back up the league.
Players to Watch
Vale are likely to look towards talisman striker Tom Pope to lead the line against the Dons. Tom is in his second spell with the Valiants after scoring 56 times over 4 seasons. He returned to Vale Park at the start of the 17/18 season and scored 17 goals. This season he has already netted 2 with his head and two with his right foot to currently lead as the top goal scorer for Vale.
Tisdale has been rotating his front line in the last couple of fixtures. If this is to continue then Kieron Agard will be looking to provide reasoning for his inclusion in the starting line up. Kieron scored in the midweek fixture away at Yeovil Town before missing a glorious opportunity to double the lead. The striker has scored three goals so far this campaign and will be looking for more opportunities to add to his tally.
Manager Neil Aspin will mark his 1 year anniversary as manager of Port Vale vs the Dons. He took over the team on the edge of relegation out of league 2 but kept the Valiants up by the single point.
Neil made over 600 appearances as a player including a 10 year spell for port vale making over 300 appearances. As a manager, Port Vale is the first football league appointment after spells with Harrogate Town, Halifax Town & Gateshead.
David Worrall could return to the team after missing the last two matches with illness. James Gibbons and Cristian Montano are expected to remain sidelined through injury. Idris Kanu came off the bench to score a last minute equaliser against Exeter on Saturday and will be pushing for a starting place.
Dons have no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to Vale Park but are likely to make changes as Tisdale looks to return to winning ways.
Ryan Harley has returned to training following injury and will be pushing for a position in the squad. Conor McGrandles, Peter Pawlett & Lawson D’Ath remain long term absences. Matheu Baudry is also expected to miss out through injury.
Away supporters are situated behind the goal in the Hamil Road end. This is a 4,500 all seater stand with a roof. There are a couple of supporting pillars which may provide some visibility obstructions from the pitch.
To the Right is the Lorne Street Stand. This is where you can see the tunnel and dugouts with executive boxes available at the top of the stand. Seating has only be half completed with the closest end to the away supporters unfinished.
To the left is the two-tier Railway end stand which runs the length of the pitch.
Behind the opposite goal is the Bycars Road end with two corners. One corner is used primarily for disabled supporters whilst the other is rarely used on matchdays.
Port vale have 96 parking spaces available with 28 wheelchair user spaces and 19 accessible parking spaces.
Port Value offer the Soccer sight service for partially-sighted and blind supporters. Headsets can be collected within the stand ahead of kick off.
Guide Dogs are allowed into the stadium but Port Vale insist that supporters contact the Disability Liasion Officer before the match to discuss accessibility to the ground.
Disabled stand tickets can be purchased from the ticket office at entry gate D on Hamil Road. More details of Port Vale’s Accessibility Policy can be located on the below link:
Port Vale is a full member of Level Playing Fields and you can locate details via the below link
Advance of match (before 12 noon on Tuesday 2nd October)
Seniors (over 62): £15
Young Person (18-21): £15
Seniors (over 62): £17
Young Person (18-21): £17
SUPPORTERS WITH A DISABILITY
Supporters with a disability are entitled to a FREE personal assistant
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £19 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders.
For Drivers, the postcode is ST6 1AW. From Milton Keynes, join the M1 Northbound and join onto the M6 at junction 19. Take the M6 (or M6 Toll if you prefer) and leave at junction 15. Join the A500 Queensway road after leaving the M6 and continue on this road into Stoke-on-Trent. There may be a build-up of traffic on this route with Stoke City having a home game at the same time. The Bet365 Stadium is positioned just off the A500 and you should be able to see this on your right as you continue on the A500.At the Porthill Roundabout, take the 4th exit onto the A5271 and take the third exit at the next roundabout onto Newcastle Street B5051. Take the left hand turn onto Hamil Road and then Vale Park will be positioned on your left.
Longport railway station is the closet to the ground but has limited train service. The ground is an approximate 30 minute walk from this station.
Alternatively, take the train to Stoke on Trent Station. This is over 4 miles away from the ground so you may wish to consider a taxi for the last leg of the journey to Vale Park.
Port Vale have a large car park directly in front of the away stand. Car parking is pay on the day at £5 Minibus parking is also available at a price of £16
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