Port Vale v Fleetwood preview

Date published: Friday 1st May 2015 10:10

Michael O’Connor and Louis Dodds are expected to be fit when Port Vale and Fleetwood conclude their campaigns at Vale Park.

Both players were withdrawn through injury during Vale’s win at Yeovil last weekend – O’Connor with a back strain and Dodds due to a calf complaint – but Valiants boss Rob Page is confident they will pass fitness tests ahead of Sunday lunchtime.

Page has hinted at some changes to his starting line-up but, despite now being safe from the threat of relegation, the Welshman wants to finish the season with back-to-back wins so any alterations will not be wholesale.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnson could make a rare start while the likes of Adam Yates, Chris Birchall, Colin Daniel, Tommy O’Sullivan, Mohamed Coulibaly and Achille Campion will also be hoping for run-outs.

David Ball could come into contention for a start in Fleetwood’s attack.

It was the introduction of Ball and Josh Morris which helped the Cod Army score twice in quick succession against Colchester last weekend, with the former finding the net himself, and he could get the nod over teenager Ashley Hunter as a result.

Left-back Adam Chicksen will make the final appearance of his loan spell after joining from Brighton back in February.

Graham Alexander’s only two injury absentees are striker Jamille Matt (leg) and full-back Danny Andrew (knee).

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