OPPOSITION VERDICT: Port Vale Supporter

The Imps have a break in league action with Danny Cowley’s men facing a trip to Port Vale in the Carabao Cup.

For Lincoln, they enter tomorrow’s game with great confidence having comfortably dealt with the challenge of Swindon Town.

On the other hand, after a good opening day victory, Port Vale were defeated 2-0 by Colchester United so manager Neil Aspin will be looking for a response from his players.

We have been speaking to Vale fan Steve Millward, this is what he had to say:

1)You head into Tuesday’s match off the back of a defeat to Colchester United. What went wrong in that match for your side?

“School boy defending & standing off two identical surging runs through the midfield.

It’s a shame because we broke up play against Cambridge the previous week & truly dominated but just couldn’t get a grip against a big Colchester side, who should have seen us dead and buried were it not for some poor finishing”.

2)The acquisition of Ricky Miller certainly stands out given his reputation as a goal-scorer. How has he settled in at Vale Park?

“Miller was a gamble, especially as we signed him whilst suspended by the FA but his opening goal & celebration vs Cambridge were more than enough to embed him as a future hero at the club.

If you have a spare 45 minutes, you can watch his celebration on YouTube !!”.

I have seen a few videos of Miller’s celebration, and it’s fair to say I think he rather enjoyed it.

3)Has manager Neil Aspin placed any added focus on cup competitions for the new season?

“We’ve not heard a great deal about the focus on cup competitions if I’m honest but we’ve not had a good run in either competition for a good while.

I’d like to think we were taking everything seriously this season as a decent run can help create an amazing buzz around the club”.

Like Lincoln, Port Vale were beaten by higher league oppostion in the first round of last season’s competition. Vale were defeated 4-1 by Leeds United at Elland Road.

4)Can we expect a few changes to your starting eleven?

“We had the same starting 11 vs Cambridge as at Colchester so had we picked up a result on Saturday I’d have expected to see the same line-up.

However, following a game where we could have conceded 6 or 7, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of tweaks (One is likely to be Tom Pope who was forced off with a back injury on Saturday)” – He told WeAreTheImps.

Tom Pope, a key man in this Port Vale side so it would be a big blow if he is to miss out tomorrow.

5)Lincoln should be in great spirits after a comprehensive win over Swindon on Saturday. What have you made of the Imps’ start?

“It’s funny, I had a new Sky box fitted at the turn of the year and the engineer was an Imps fan (got a free voice activated remote out of talking football) so I keep an eye on your results now.

I think you’re going to be up there for the majority of the season so I’m not surprised to see you flying high from the start”.

High expectations across the league for Lincoln City this season that is for sure.

6)What sort of Port Vale performance can we expect on Tuesday?

“It’s going to depend on which side turns up if I’m honest, but we don’t do particularly well on Tuesday night’s as a rule.

I’m hoping we get a passionate display to put Saturday behind us so as long as we show up, we’ve got a decent shot”.

7)Last question, what’s your score prediction ahead of the match?

“We’ll either sneak it 1-0 or get absolutely thumped. Clearly I’m hoping for the former but I’m still picking splinters from my posterior as I’m well and truly on the fence!”

For me, tomorrow’s match is a really tricky one to call.

Last time at Vale Park we were beaten in a frustrating 1-0. Every time I’ve seen Lincoln play The Valiants away, they’ve always been tough to break down.

One goal might very well decide this Caraboa Cup tie.

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