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Skubala Expecting Very Tough Port Vale Clash Despite Form

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Lincoln City are enjoying a pretty decent 2023/24 League One campaign under manager Michael Skubala and we were going into Saturday afternoon’s clash with Port Vale sat quite comfortably in tenth place in the third tier table, and whilst a nine point gap to the Play Off spots might seem like a stretch, our current run of form and results would strongly imply otherwise.

Port Vale would be a tricky opponent though, despite the fact they are very close to becoming marooned in the relegation spots, as they have not long ago appointed Darren Moore as their new gaffer after parting company with Andy Crosby. With Moore coming in earlier this month, he has not yet see a new managerial bounce from his side, but given his successes at other clubs, it should only be a matter of time before he gets them ticking over – and obviously Lincoln do not want to be the first club to see that improvement.

what best first deposit bonus casino look like will be what Port Vale are hoping from this one, but our form shows we do not cash out early.

The Imps have won three of our last four matches, and we are now unbeaten in seven over all as we keep our dreams alive of gatecrashing the Play Off spots late on.

In taking a 1-0 win over Exeter City, we were rarely troubled in reality despite Exeter enjoying more of the possession, so there was every confidence ahead of going into this clash that we would again come out with a positive result to keep our run going,

“We want to keep the run going and we need to take every game as it comes. We have to focus on what we do rather than worrying about other people and what they’re doing. You have to trust your own ways and processes which is something we do as coaching staff at the club, and hopefully we can keep picking up points.”

Skubala certainly was not expecting an easy game though, and he was not going to take their threat lightly as he knew things would click sooner rather than later for Moore given his previous achievements, and he felt any element of complacency from us could well hand them a rub of the green advantage that came back to bite us.

Despite Moore losing his opening two matches having taken on the job (consecutive away defeats), our gaffer was confident that having reviewed those games and scouts reports, he knew exactly what he was trying to implement at the club and he seemed confident that it would actually work in time, but his job was to naturally ensure it did not work in our game, especially as we make the trip to Vale Park for the match and Moore will want to home debut in style.

“There’s definitely a way where he’s trying to change the team and we know it’s going to be a tough place to go with the size of their pitch.”

With Skubala having his own struggles when he first walked into Sincil Bank as Mark Kennedy’s replacement in November, he will understandably empathise with Moore’s current struggles in getting his message across to the team, but we have our own concerns and aims and there is no room for that kind of sentiment at this moment in time.

In terms of team news, we expect to be without both Adam Jackson and Freddie Draper, and there are further contention doubts about the potential availability of Ethan Hamilton. In slightly better news, Reece Hackett could play some kind of role in the game according to Skubala, and even Teddy Bishop could return to the starting line up following his assist from the bench for our Exeter winner.

We will see what happens.

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