"It will be a tough challenge," he told reporters at a pre-match press conference. "What they have in Micky and [first-team coach] Rob Page are two fantastic leaders, two men who demand a lot from their team.
"Port Vale will be organised and hard working, and they have quality in the team which they showed last year in getting promoted [from League Two]. It will be a tough game. Every game is a tough game."
Port Vale are currently 12th in the league table with 14 points from 11 matches.