The Gas have not won at Vale Park since March '92
PORT Vale head into tomorrow's clash lying directly below Bristol Rovers in the League Two table – although the Gas have to go back to March 1992 for their last win at Vale Park, when Lee Maddison scored the only goal of the game.
The Valiants' hopes of a play-off push were effectively ended when they had a ten-point deduction after entering administration last month, although their potential new owner is promising to increase manager Micky Adams' budget next season if he wins the go-ahead to take over the club in the weeks ahead.
Keeper Stuart Tomlinson is expected to return between the sticks tomorrow at the expense of Chris Martin, but otherwise the side is expected to be close to the one which started the 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury in midweek.
Left-winger Rob Taylor is available again after an Achilles problem.
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The experienced Vale boss has crossed swords with Mark McGhee before – on the golf course as well as in various technical areas.
"Bristol Rovers started the season with one of the biggest budgets in League Two and a manager who had been reasonably successful at Torquay," said Adams.
"But it didn't work out for them and now they've gone with an older, more experienced head in Mark McGhee.
"It will be nice to see him again. His man-management skills are excellent and he gets teams organised. He's been at the top level and Bristol Rovers are lucky to have him.
"I remember the last time we played golf he was talking about going for the Scotland job and he'd been interviewed by Celtic. He's a good manager and he'll be looking to do very well next season."