Port Vale at Walsall: Young keeper Sam Johnson to make first-team debut in trophy clash
MICKY Adams will give his fringe set the chance to shine when Port Vale go for a club-record sixth away win in a row tonight.
The manager will make the maximum five changes allowed to his team for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at League One Walsall (7.45pm).
Young goalkeeper Sam Johnson makes his first-team debut in the northern section second-round clash, while Adam Yates, Chris Shuker, Ryan Burge and Ben Williamson are also included.
Skipper Doug Loft faces a spell on the sidelines after pulling a calf muscle at Exeter on Saturday, while regular number one Chris Neal has a groin injury.
Central defender Clayton McDonald and midfielder Sam Morsy are rested as both have four yellow cards to their name and will be banned if they pick up another.
"The league is our priority," said Adams. "We're having to make changes, either because of injuries or because people are close to suspension. I make no apologies for that.
"But we'll go there full of confidence with a team we think can win the game."
Adams took the unusual step of naming his line-up more than 24 hours before kick-off.
"I'm revealing the team now so people can have a look and decide for themselves whether they want to come to the game," he added.
"I don't think Walsall will have sleepless nights about it, but I've told the boys we want to go there and win."
Neal also hurt himself at Exeter on Saturday, but the keeper is expected to be fit for Vale's League Two game against Oxford on Monday.
His omission gives 19-year-old Johnson an opportunity he deserves, according to Adams.
"We won't know about Sam until we've seen him in first-team action," he said.
"We think an awful lot of him in terms of his development, but he's a first-year professional and he'll either sink or swim."