Port Vale digest: iFollow figures, Scunthorpe date and Liverpool game



Port Vale have rearranged their League Two home game against Scunthorpe to Tuesday November 17 (7pm).

The game had been scheduled for Tuesday November 3 but was postponed because of a number of Covid-19 cases in the Scunthorpe camp.

The rearrangement gives seventh-placed Vale back-to-back home league games as they look to establish themselves among the promotion back. Vale are at home to Tranmere on Saturday when they will be looking to return to form after Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat at home to National league side King’s Lynn Town.

Sonny Carey’s 82nd minute strike decided the tie after Tom Conlon, Dave Worrall and Mitch Clark had all gone close for Vale.

Vale are also at home this Tuesday, in the EFL Trophy against Liverpool (7pm), but are set to make plenty of changes.

John Askey’s side are top of their group, with five points, after beating Wigan, and drawing with Tranmere before earning an extra point for a penalty shoot out victory.

So, a draw against Liverpool would be enough to send Vale through while a win would guarantee they go through as group winners to get a home tie in the first knockout round.

The only way Vale could fail to qualify is by losing to Liverpool – and Wigan beating Tranmere on penalties in their game on Wednesday. That would leave Vale, Wigan and Tranmere on five points apiece so the two qualifying places would be settled on goal difference.

Liverpool under-21s can’t qualify having lost their opening two games,  6-1 at Wigan and 3-2 at Tranmere.

VALE have been following up fans’ complaints about iFollow problems during the Cheltenham game and at the start of the Southend match. The EFL’s iFollow service is operated centrally rather than by individual clubs but Vale are determined the service should be as good as possible particularly because supporters can’t come into the ground.

Streaming games is also providing one of Vale’s few sources of income while supporters aren’t allowed in.

Chief executive Colin Garlick reveals that Vale have been in the top three in the division in terms of numbers of supporters following games through the service.

So, for example the club was able to earn some money from their away game at Southend when around 880 Vale fans bought match passes for the game. 

Clubs have come to an agreement so money from the first 500 passes sold by the away team goes to the home club, but Vale were able to keep the money from the remaining 380 Vale fans who signed up.

A disappointing week of cup results continued on Saturday when Vale’s under-18s were beaten 4-0 by Rochdale in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup. Vale’s under-18s were beaten 4-1 at home to Basford United in the FA Youth Cup first round on Wednesday before the first team exited the FA Cup at home to King’s Lynn.

Vale’s under-18s were in a group of three in the Youth Alliance Cup but, having lost at home to Rotherham, needed to beat Rochdale to have a chance of progressing.

Vale’s youngsters have started much better in the league, winning two, drawing one and losing one of their opening four matches.





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