Port Vale: Adams mulls over options for York clash
MICKY Adams is weighing up all the options in a bid to fire his team back to winning ways.
The Vale boss will be without influential winger Ashley Vincent and skipper Doug Loft for tomorrow's home clash against York City (3pm).
But centre-half John McCombe is available again and right-back Richard Duffy is fit to return.
It means Adams, main picture, will have a few selection headaches as he looks to end a run of four league games without a win, although he's keeping his cards close to his chest.
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"We certainly have plenty of options within the squad," he said.
"I wouldn't want to give York manager Gary Mills too much information, but there are several alternatives.
"We'll tinker with the side and put out a team that we think will cause York problems."
Vincent is serving a one-match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Southend last week.
And with Loft having failed to recover from his calf injury in time, Rob Taylor – one of the original options for the vacancy on the left of midfield – will be needed at left-back.
Another alternative for Vincent's role is Ryan Lloyd, and Adams believes the young winger is ready to step in if required.
"Whenever he's come off the bench in the past, he's given me something to think about," he said.
"He's only 18 and still developing as a player and a person, but his game is improving and he's getting stronger. If he gets the opportunity, I don't think he'll let anybody down."
McCombe returns to the squad following a three-match suspension for his red card at Northampton.
"John was outstanding at the start of the season," said Adams, "and I imagine he'll come back fresher than ever.
"He brings experience to the back four and we'll welcome him back.
"We got a clean sheet last week, but I wasn't particularly happy with some of the defending, so McCombe is certainly another option and we'll see what we can do with the rest of the team."
Adams has another tricky decision to make over the right-back position, where Adam Yates has replaced the injured Duffy in recent weeks.
"You always think back to when you were going well and who was in the side," said the manager, "but Adam has not let anybody down and it's good that there's competition for places."
Adams is expecting a tough test from York, having watched their 4-3 extra-time FA Cup defeat at Wimbledon on Monday night.
"They should have won the game in 90 minutes, but a sending off cost them," he said.
"They played very well, there is lots of movement in the team and they have lots of people who can handle the ball, so they'll cause us real problems.
"Gary Mills is a decent coach who has done a fantastic job there, and we must be on our game to combat their strengths. But we've got the players to give them a headache too."
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