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29 August 2014

Chesterfield make the trip to Vale Park tomorrow to face a Port Vale side two points behind them in the early season league table.

After narrowly losing 3-2 to Championship side Cardiff City on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup, Miocky Adams' side will be looking to get back to winning ways against the Spireites. 

The Valiants may have only won once in the league this year, but have goals throughout the team, as witnessed by Hartlepool United in the League Cup, who had six put past them.

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook was looking forward to the game, clear in the knowledge that it would be no easy job to prise the three points away from Vale and bring them back to Derbyshire.

He said: "Micky Adams has got a fantastic track record, the team that went up 14 months ago is a fantastic team. The two wingers are lively, they have Pope scoring all the goals and they're a real threat. They have good players throughout the pitch, Adams has overseen a change in the team but they're still very much a threat.

"They had a great game the other night with Cardiff. I was at the game and Micky made numerous changes. He's got one or two options he could bring back in for the match with us- you never go to Vale Park and win a football match easily, that's for sure.

"Tomorrow will be a really tough test for us and one we need to stand up to, both in term of football because they can play, but also they can be physical as well- he's got a good blend."

In Sam Morsy and Daniel Jones, the Chesterfield side contains two players who will be returning to Vale Park after stints with the Valiants. 

Cook said: "When Samy left Port Vale I think it was quite common knowledge how good a player he was. Micky Adams didn't let a player go that he didn't rate, that was never the case. There were obviously things that went on behind the scenes that we don't really need to go on about, but Port Vale thought that it was best for Samy to move on.

"Certainly Daniel had a bit more of a public disagreement but that's been well done and dusted. Micky had the foresight to bring both of those players to the club, and they left at certain times, which is the nature of the game. Micky's got a fantastic records with players and I'm sure he'll keep producing more and more. 

"It'll be a good day for the lads to go back, it always adds a bit of spice a needle to it, but it's a football match tomorrow and one we're looking forward to. It's a lovely big pitch and we're looking forward to playing on it.

In Tom Pope, the Valiants have a player in good scoring form, and teh challenge facing Cook's defence tomorrow was one he is well aware of.

Cook said: "He's a good player, he's what we're all after- a goalscorer. Port Vale are lucky enough to have one, he gets into the box regularly, takes up good positions and scores goals. He's a very honest player because he's very committed to the Port Vale cause. But they've got other good players right through the team." 


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