Head2Head & Early Team News-Port Vale (H)

Last updated : 08 January 2006 By Deano
It's a crucial game for the lads and anything less than a win could see us slip well into the relegation mire. Vale have only ever won twice in their history at Millmoor but have found form on the road so far this season. Although the Millers inflicted a 3-1 defeat on the Valiants in the LDV Trophy earlier in the campaign, Vale turned over Rotherham 2-0 at their place with Shaun Barker being wrongfully dismissed.

Ironically, Barker misses Tuesday's fixture after his dubious second yellow card at Tranmere, with suspensions kicking in and hitting the Millers squad hard. Midfield duo Lee Williamson and Paul McLaren also sit out the game as does striker Martin Butler, all have picked up five bookings.

Full back David Worrell (right) returns from his ban to ease boss Alan Knill's headache slightly and it's hoped John Mullin will return after a virus. On the injury front, physio Denis Circuit told the official site: "It hasn't been the best period for us as far as injuries are concerned. The lads who played in the holiday games have all deserved their few days off." Phil Gilchrist, Michael Keane and Andy Monkhouse are back in training but Neil Cutler is still sidelined and Scott Minto is hopeful of stepping up training after seeing a specialist.

The Millers could also be boosted by a triple loan signing from the Blades tomorrow as Neil Warnock looks to get his fringe players out on loan, we certainly could do with the extra bodies in the squad.

Port Vale boss Martin Foyle (left) will be looking to build on the recent victory at Huddersfield and the home cup win over Donny Rovers on Friday night. Foyle sealed the loan signing of ex-Fulham winger Sean Doherty from Dutch outfit ADO Den Haag over the holiday period and the ex-England U19 International may figure. Forward Sam Togwell has extended his loan from Crystal Palace by another month and netted twice in the Donny victory.

Togwell looks the likely partner for dangerman Leon Constantine (right) in attack. The former Torquay man will be looking to get back on the goal trail after his double at Huddersfield over Christmas.

MillersMad prediction: after positive performances the Millers need a positive result more than ever and may just shade a competitive clash. 2-1