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Jon Parkin will hope to retain his place in the starting XI when in-form Fleetwood host Port Vale in League Two.

The burly striker, scorer of a hat-trick in his previous game against Morecambe, was substituted having being booked during the first half of Saturday's 1-0 win over Northampton.

"Every time Jon went for a challenge the referee felt there was a decision to be made and they were going against the big man," manager Micky Mellon told Fleetwood's official website.

"I felt that, having already been booked, there could have been another yellow at any time. We had an able substitute ready in Steven Gillespie and the decision was a no brainer."

The Cod Army head into the game second in the table and level on points with third-placed Vale. They have a clean bill of health with the exception of long-term victim Anthony Barry (knee).

Port Vale manager Micky Adams is considering changing his starting XI for the first time in eight matches against Fleetwood after being impressed by his substitutes at the weekend.

Vale trailed 1-0 at Plymouth on Saturday before the introduction of striker Ben Williamson and midfielder Ryan Burge quickly saw Adams' side overturn their half-time deficit. Left-sided player Rob Taylor also made an impact as a late replacement.

Ahead of Tuesday night's trip to the north west, Adams said: "I didn't think we got going in the first half [at Plymouth]. We looked a bit lethargic and were chasing shadows a lot of the time, but I knew we could get better and so it proved. I was really pleased with the second half - that was more like it.

"The substitutes all made a big impact and have given me food for thought. It's important the players on the fringe of the team don't switch off.

"I've not changed the side for seven games, but that doesn't mean to say the other players are not in my thoughts."

Defender Gareth Owen and midfielder Ryan Lloyd were unused subs against Plymouth and will be hoping they are involved at Highbury Stadium.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Tranmere  
Cambridge Utd v Hartlepool  
Carlisle v Oxford Utd  
Luton v Northamptn  
Newport v Accrington  
Plymouth v Cheltenhm  
Shrewsbury v Portsmth  
Southend v Bury  
Stevenage v Burton Alb  
Wycombe v Dag + Red  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 14 10 28
2 Burton Alb 14 2 28
3 Luton 14 7 27
4 Bury 14 7 26
5 Shrewsbury 14 11 24
6 Plymouth 14 6 23
7 Morecambe 14 4 23
8 Newport 14 4 22
9 Cheltenhm 14 1 22
10 Southend 14 1 21
11 Portsmth 14 0 20
12 AFC W'don 14 -1 19
13 Exeter 14 -2 19
14 Accrington 14 -4 19
15 Cambridge Utd 14 7 18
16 Northamptn 14 1 18
17 Mansfield 14 -4 18
18 Stevenage 14 -4 17
19 Oxford Utd 14 -3 16
20 Dag + Red 14 -7 14
21 Carlisle 14 -8 12
22 York City 14 -7 11
23 Hartlepool 14 -14 11
24 Tranmere 14 -7 10

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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