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Gillingham 3-2 Port Vale

Adebayo Akinfenwa's first two goals of 2014 helped Gillingham to a hard-fought home victory against Port Vale.

Akinfenwa connected with Bradley Dack's corner for the opener and the two combined again in similar fashion for the striker's second goal.

Cody McDonald then neatly slotted home thanks to a third assist from Dack.

Two late Vale goals ensured an exciting finale to the match with Chris Robertson heading in and Jordan Hugill finidng the net from close range.

Defender Robertson's header was ruled to have crossed the line despite the Gills protests.

The win means Gillingham have moved up to 11th in the table while Vale remain ninth.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"For 70 minutes I'm happy, but the last 20 minutes I probably aged too much because we went from doing well to being incredibly nervous and panicked.

"The way Port Vale finished, they had at least three goals in them - we had to be careful.

"Everyone knows we have good ability in the squad, but you're guessing who will perform well. As long as they all put in as much effort and thought as they can then you can only hope for good performance.

"We need to get stronger - I think we made good progress, but for the last 20 minutes I think we need to be a stronger team as we know we've got a bit to do."

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1NelsonBooked at 81mins
  • 29HewittBooked at 24mins
  • 3Martin
  • 12Gregory
  • 6Legge
  • 26Barrett
  • 23Harriman
  • 4LinganziSubstituted forSmithat 75'minutes
  • 10McDonald
  • 8AkinfenwaSubstituted forPigottat 70'minutes
  • 15Dack

Substitutes

  • 5Davies
  • 11Weston
  • 19Smith
  • 21Howard
  • 27Fagan
  • 31Hessenthaler
  • 32Pigott

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 20Grimmer
  • 3Jones
  • 18Lines
  • 4Robertson
  • 17Davis
  • 8DoddsSubstituted forHugillat 63'minutes
  • 21GriffithSubstituted forKnottat 72'minutes
  • 11PopeSubstituted forWilliamsonat 64'minutes
  • 10Tomlin
  • 7Loft

Substitutes

  • 2Yates
  • 9Myrie-Williams
  • 12Johnson
  • 19Williamson
  • 26Birchall
  • 28Knott
  • 39Hugill
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
6,356

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 3, Port Vale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Port Vale 2.

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Davis (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Port Vale 2. Jordan Hugill (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Doug Loft.

(Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Williamson (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

Booking

Stuart Nelson (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Port Vale 1. Chris Robertson (Port Vale) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Billy Knott with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

Attempt saved. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Connor Smith replaces Amine Linganzi.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Joe Davis (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Billy Knott replaces Anthony Griffith.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Joe Pigott replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Port Vale 0. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Williamson replaces Tom Pope.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Jordan Hugill replaces Louis Dodds.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Port Vale 0. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack with a cross.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Daniel Jones.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Gillingham 1, Port Vale 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Gillingham 1, Port Vale 0.

goal

As It Stood

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