Date: 6th March 2011 at 6:42pm
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Despite barely featuring since the arrival of Jim Gannon to Vale Park, the Irishman found time to praise Louis Dodds. The midfielder added to his two goals in the reserves defeat at Bradford City in midweek with a superbly taken goal from the edge of the area to seal the three points in Vale`s 2-1 win over Macclesfield.

The Vale boss told BBC Radio Stoke: “He has been in superb form in training but it’s been difficult to try and get him in the team.

‘Tom Pope and Marc Richards have formed a good partnership up front, Lewis Haldane has looked a threat on the right and Doug Loft has been doing a workmanlike job to give us an extra man in midfield.

‘Doddsy came on and showed his capabilities and that’s the value of having a good squad.”

With Gary Roberts available for selection for Tuesday`s crunch game at Shrewsbury, Gannon faces a tough selection decision, although it is likely that Dodds may have to settle for a place on the bench once more.

The former Leicester player, has seen opportunities limited in Gannon`s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, though with the Valiants having scored only 39 goals this season (the lowest amongst the entire top seven) Dodds certainly provides a goal scoring option from midfield.

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