Appleton previews Port Vale trip


Michael Appleton wants to see his side take more care in the final third on Saturday when they take on Port Vale.

The Addicks head to Vale Park looking to get back on the winning trail following a disappointing festive period.

“They’re a tight-knit group," said Appleton. "Obviously they’ve got [Uche] Ikpeazu up front who can deal with the ball and once he gets hold of it, he brings the three midfield players into play and they can be dangerous.

"James Wilson is someone who can play in numerous positions for them and scores goals, so they’ve definitely got a threat and we need to be mindful of that. We need to make sure that we try and lock the door, but at the same time hopefully improve on amount of chances and opportunities we get in the final third and make sure we take more care with them.”

Alfie May is still being monitored having missed out on New Year's Day with a back injury, while a late call will be made on Chem Campbell who scored against Oxford United.

“Alfie is 50/50 for tomorrow," the Head Coach revealed. "He is improving which is the main thing and we’ll know more later.

"The only one from Monday who is a slight doubt - obviously it’s not great timing because of where he’s at - is Chem. He rolled his ankle on Monday and, again, it’s touch and go with him whether he’s going to be available for tomorrow.

“Harry Isted started training yesterday," he added. "It was his first session back out on the grass with the players, so clearly he’s going to be a few weeks away from being able to be involved in the squad. We want to get a game or two in him before we do that."

Asked for an update on the Addicks' transfer activity, Appleton said: “We’re very, very close on one or two. We’ve obviously put numerous bids in to various clubs and have spoken to various clubs about players.”

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