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Vale Park (ATT 6,547) 16th November 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Port Vale Port Vale vs Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury

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C Robertson (23)
J Myrie-Williams (30)
J Hugill (90+4)

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L McAlinden (59)

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Last Updated: 15/11/13 1:23pm

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Doug Loft: Pushing for a start

Doug Loft: Pushing for a start

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

Captain Doug Loft could be fit to return to the Port Vale side against Shrewsbury.

Loft was left out of the team which won 4-0 at Shortwood United in the FA Cup after sustaining a calf injury and his return would present manager Micky Adams with a selection poser. Vale started the previous three league games with both Loft and Louis Dodds playing out wide but Jennison Myrie-Williams and Chris Birchall impressed on Monday night.

Dodds required 12 stitches above his eye after an accidental collision in training last week but confirmed his fitness with a substitute appearance at Shortwood.

Dan Jones is out of Saturday's game because of a foot problem. The injury means Adams is almost certain to name an unchanged back four.

Liam McAlinden returns to contention for Shrewsbury's short trip to Port Vale while new loan signing Gozie Ugwu could make his debut.

On-loan McAlinden was denied permission by parent club Wolves to feature in last weekend's hugely disappointing 3-0 FA Cup defeat at Walsall, while fellow striker Ugwu has been brought in on a deal from Reading until January.

Manager Graham Turner is demanding a response to Town's abject display at the Banks's Stadium and that could lead to changes, with the likes of McAlinden, Ugwu, Paul Parry, David McAllister and John Marsden pushing for starts.

Left-back Joe Jacobson remains sidelined with his hamstring injury as Shrews look to get back to winning ways.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 96
2 Brentford 43 90
3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
5 Preston North End 43 79
6 Peterborough United 43 67
7 Swindon Town 43 63
8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
14 Bristol City 43 53
15 Gillingham 43 51
16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39