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Last Updated: 17/08/13 2:56pm

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Micky Adams: Could ring the changes

Micky Adams: Could ring the changes

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Port Vale and Bradford City at Vale Park.

Micky Adams has hinted at changes to his Port Vale team for the visit of Bradford.

The Vale manager described the performance during last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Colchester as 'poor' and 'lacking enthusiasm'.

The Valiants, promoted last season along with Bradford, have options. Striker Ben Williamson staked his claim for a starting role with a goal for the reserves in midweek in a game that also saw Kaid Mohamed, Chris Shuker, Chris Birchall and Louis Dodds get a run out as they look to force their way into Adams' line up.

Assistant manager Mark Grew told the club's official website: "We can't do anything about what happened at Colchester. We don't dwell on things, that's gone and it's history now. It's all about this Saturday and the lads have been working hard in training because we all know this game is a big one for us."

Bradford winger Mark Yeates is expected to shake off a minor shoulder problem in time to face Port Vale.

Summer signing Yeates, an impressive goalscorer in last week's 4-0 rout of Carlisle, was withdrawn from the action with 20 minutes to go, but has trained with the squad this week.

Manager Phil Parkinson's only other injury concern is Carl McHugh, who took a knock to the ribs in the midweek friendly against Bradford Park Avenue and missed training on Thursday as a precaution, but the defender is expected to be included.

Midfielder Kyle Reid and recent signing Raffaele De Vita are both pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 39 84
2 Preston North End 38 74
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 39 61
6 Chesterfield 39 57
7 Rochdale 38 56
8 Barnsley 39 56
9 Peterborough United 39 56
10 Bradford City 38 54
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 39 53
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33