Port Vale 1-0 Plymouth

Port Vale kept their play-off hopes alive with a late goal against relegation battlers Plymouth.

Vale's best first-half chance fell to Ben Williamson but his close-range shot was saved by Jake Cole.

Marc Richards headed straight at Cole from Rob Taylor's perfect cross while Sean Rigg's deflected effort flashed just wide.

But Vale's pressure told when Tom Pope came off the bench to fire in from 16 yards to break Argyle's resistance.

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Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

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Pope was almost ruled out - Adams

"It's obviously pleasing to win a game in the dying stages, a game that we dominated in terms of possession and chances, so we're pleased to come away with the three points.

"Tom (Pope) has been struggling with a groin problem and hasn't trained.

"I felt that, looking around at the options I had on the bench, if we could get 15 or 20 minutes out of him, that would be great.

"He's come up with the goal and I'm pleased for him."

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We dug in but lost - Fletcher

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon:

"We didn't play that great, but we dug in and worked hard and defensively we looked fairly comfortable.

"If you don't play well, you try to be hard to beat. You have to defend when the balls come in the box and do the right things. On a tough pitch we did that and stuck to our task.

"Sometimes you are going to have loads of possession and sometimes you're not. I think today we didn't and we dug in and did our defensive duties but there are always areas you can improve on."

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