Aldershot 1-2 Port Vale

Aldershot's faint League Two play-off hopes were dented by mid-table Port Vale who earned victory thanks to two goals from Louis Dodds.

Vale took an early lead when Dodds took the ball down beautifully with his left foot and hit a fizzing low effort with his right past keeper Jamie Young.

Dodds doubled their lead when stroking the ball home from eight yards out.

Wilko Risser's late deflected shot gave Aldershot some hope but defeat leaves them eight points off the play-offs.

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Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth told BBC Surrey:-

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Aldershot were flat - Holdsworth

"It's disappointing that our fantastic run of form has come to an end, and it just felt a little bit flat today.

"We couldn't seem to get a spark. Give credit to Port Vale, they've come here and taken their chances. We've had our clear-cut chances and not taken them. That's not been like us.

"But as much as I'm disappointed, I can't be critical for the form the players have shown. At some point it was going to come to an end, but we'll pick ourselves up and do the right things."

Port Vale boss Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

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Delighted for the players - Adams

"I'm delighted for the boys, for Keith Ryder and the supporters because it's been a good news week at the Vale for a change.

"I thought we started well. I was a little surprised by their formation because they've been doing ever so well playing 4-4-2, so they obviously thought that we would go with three in midfield which we didn't do.

"Every single player played well and did their job which was pleasing because there were a few harsh words spoken after the Dagenham game."

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