Date: 30th August 2008 at 10:34am
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After the shocking performance we witnessed a fortnight ago against Accrington Stanley that made a complete mockery of the Fortress Vale Park banter we need something that will lift the spirits at Vale Park today. One good bit of news is the signing of 18-year-old Tom Taiwo from Chelsea on a one month loan deal. Taiwo is a central midfielder, and could well start today.

Visitors Bournemouth came down to the old Fourth with us last season and haven’t made a great start to the season. After finding themselves starting the new campaign on -17 points (minus 17? Where does that figure come from?) courtesy of the wonderful FA the Cherries have only managed to pick up two points from the opening three games. We should smell blood.

Welcome To Vale Park

Transfer Deadline…

This is the last weekend before the transfer deadline is met, and according to Chairman Bill Bratt we have not received any enquiries after our players. Really? Is there no-one out there who wants to buy Kyle Perry, Chris Slater, Paul Edwards? Shame.

Port Vale Team News:

As already mentioned we have signed Chelsea starlet Tom Taiwo on a one-month deal. Skipper Sam Stockley is serving a one-match suspension after his two yellow’s at Dagenham last week, striker Steve Thompson, and wingers Shane Tudor and Paul Edwards are all unavailable through injury.

Vital Vale line-up:- Anyon(GK), Collins(RB), McCombe(CH), Slater(CH), Prosser(LB), Dodds(RM),Taiwo(CM), Griffith(CM), Richman(LM), Richards(CF), Rodgers(CF)

Squad details…

Player to watch: Tom Taiwo…

Taiwo will set Vale Park alight, I can’t wait to watch this kid play.

Bournemouth Team News:

For the latest from Vital Bournemouth Click here

Player to watch: Darren Anderton…

Former Premiership star who earned himself the nickname ‘sicknote’ due to his penchant for lazy-arsed shenanigans. Will he be fit to play? Do Bournemouth still persist in picking him? Who knows.

Darren Anderton in profile

Last Season…

Bournemouth visited Vale Park at the turn of the year with both clubs struggling at the bottom of League 1. Both teams desperately needed the points, but only one team played like they needed the points – Bournemouth winning the game 3-1 at a canter. One of many horrific displays from The Vale last season.

Match Prediction:

Port Vale 2-1 Bournemouth

Next Fixture…

Sat 6th September Bradford City (h) 3pm

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