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In opposition: Port Vale v Burton Albion

3 April 2013

The npower League 2 promotion race is hotting up and two teams in the thick of it meet on Friday, when Port Vale host Burton Albion.

Here, we preview the match with the help of a supporter from each club.


Name: Dean Phillips.

Club: Port Vale.

Number of years as a supporter: Just over 10 years.

Favourite moment as a fan: It's hard to say as there hasn't been any good times since I've been going regularly. This season has been the best season for years, in my opinion.

How many games a season do you attend? Most home and most away, I miss a handful here and there.

Where do you sit? Wherever really, I don't sit in the same place all the time.

Name: Peter McDowell.

Club: Burton Albion.

Number of years as a supporter: I've been going for about 20 years.

Favourite moment as a fan: Promotion out of the Conference in 2009, but our FA Cup exploits have also given us some great days out, none bigger than a trip to Old Trafford in 2006 after holding Manchester United to a goalless draw at our place.

How many games a season do you attend? Almost every game home and away, I've only missed one so far this season.

Where do you sit? I stand behind the goal at the Pirelli.



What happened in your last match?

DP: We snatched a last-gasp 2-2 draw at Chesterfield. It was amazing in the away end.

PM: It was an entertaining but disappointing 3-3 draw at Accrington Stanley. We fought back from being behind twice to get ourselves 3-2 up but a last-minute James Beattie goal levelled it.

Why is this game important?

DP: It's another game and, therefore, another chance to edge towards promotion.

PM: Over the Easter weekend we had our nine-game winning streak at the Pirelli ended and had a late blow against Accrington, which saw us miss a chance to go up to third, so we are in need of three points to get back on track and there is nowhere better to do that than against a fellow promotion contender.

How do you see this game going?

DP: I think it will be an open affair. We're both going for promotion and in recent weeks we have conceded a number of goals, and scored plenty.

PM: In the last few games they have come out of the blocks firing, scoring an early goal, so we need to be switched on from the start and defend well but the longer we can frustrate them, the more we will come into the game.

Who should we keep our eye on?

DP: Tom Pope. Feed the Pope and he will score.

PM: The obvious one is our top scorer Jacques Maghoma, recently he has scored in patches and hopefully his goal against Accrington is the start of another rich spell.

Any memories of previous encounters?

DP: We seem to do well against them from what I can remember. I know we beat them comfortably at Vale Park last year, but a lot has changed since then.

PM: I'm hoping this game will be an encounter we can all look back on with fondness because we haven't done that well against Port Vale. We've only beaten them once and that was back in 2010 at our place thanks to a first-half Maghoma goal.

Score prediction?

DP: 3-2 Vale.

PM: Hard-fought 2-1 Burton win.

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