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Port Vale Vs Lincoln City, Tue 23 Feb 2010

Adams ponders Vale changes (©PAphotos)
Adams ponders Vale changes (©PAphotos).

Port Vale boss Micky Adams is certain to consider changes to his starting XI for the visit of Lincoln.

Vale put in arguably their worst display of the season on Saturday as their faltering play-off ambitions were dented by a 2-0 home defeat against a Barnet side who had lost their previous 10 league games on the road.

Assistant manager Geoff Horsfield branded some of the players "cowards" in the aftermath of the encounter and they will surely be chomping at the bit to put that right against an Imps side four places below them in the table.

Central midfielder Anthony Griffith serves the second game of his two-match ban so will miss out again, with Doug Loft looking to keep his place in the middle of the park although Dave Howland will be hoping for a chance to shine.

Centre-back Gareth Owen (hamstring) won his fitness battle to start against Barnet and he should do so again, while Louis Dodds and Rob Taylor are both pushing for starting rolls having come off the bench at the weekend.

Lincoln travel minus Adam Watts after the defender suffered a broken leg against Grimsby.

The young centre-back will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his left fibula at Blundell Park. He will undergo an operation to have the leg pinned on Monday.

Moses Swaibu was Watts` replacement against the Mariners and he is likely to come into the starting XI as on-loan Aston Villa centre-half Nathan Baker is still trying to overcome an ankle injury.

Midfielder Stefan Oakes was on the bench on Saturday after a hamstring injury but striker Paul Connor and defender Paul Green continue to struggle with the same problem.

Midfielders Clark Keltie and Shane Clarke and forward Lenell John-Lewis will be hoping for recalls.

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