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Stevenage 1-1 Port Vale

Stevenage remain bottom of League One despite fighting back to draw with mid-table Port Vale.

The hosts thought they were ahead in first-half stoppage time when Francois Zoko headed in Bira Dembele's knockdown but the striker was ruled offside.

Vale went ahead when Tom Pope nodded home a Chris Birchall cross, but Boro substitute Peter Hartley levelled by converting a Luke Freeman free-kick.

Boro pushed for a winner in vain and are now winless in five matches.

Despite being rooted to the foot of the table, Stevenage are just two points adrift of fifth-from-bottom Tranmere.

Port Vale stay 11th, seven points from the play-off zone.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

"The pitch was very uneven, the ball was bobbling around, you saw players often lose control of the ball.

"The frustration of the free-kick for their goal probably created a lapse in concentration. There was no reason from that set play for us to concede.

"The players deserve credit for the reaction to that situation. They didn't feel sorry for themselves, they kept trying to play the football that was there to be played and took the game back to Port Vale.

"There are sides that are at the bottom end of the league who didn't win a point today. Hopefully when we get to the end of the season, this will be one of the games that added to keeping us in League One."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22Obeng
  • 9Charles
  • 8MousinhoSubstituted forHeslopat 80'minutes
  • 4DembeleBooked at 34minsSubstituted forHartleyat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 5Ashton
  • 15FreemanBooked at 27mins
  • 20Smith
  • 12Zoko
  • 11Akins
  • 7MoraisSubstituted forBanvoat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 10Burrow
  • 14Heslop
  • 25Flanagan
  • 26Banvo
  • 29Hartley
  • 33Henderson

Port Vale

  • 12Johnson
  • 3Jones
  • 24Duffy
  • 7Loft
  • 4Robertson
  • 17Davis
  • 26BirchallSubstituted forTaylorat 80'minutes
  • 18Lines
  • 11Pope
  • 28KnottSubstituted forMyrie-Williamsat 80'minutes
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forDoddsat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Yates
  • 8Dodds
  • 9Myrie-Williams
  • 14Taylor
  • 15Shuker
  • 21Griffith
  • 39Hugill
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
2,912

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 1, Port Vale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Port Vale 1.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

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

Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Taylor (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Attempt blocked. Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Gavin Tomlin.

Booking

Peter Hartley (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Simon Heslop replaces John Mousinho.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Anderson Banvo replaces Filipe Morais.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Robert Taylor replaces Chris Birchall.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Jennison Myrie-Williams replaces Billy Knott.

Attempt missed. Chris Birchall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joe Davis.

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sam Johnson.

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joe Davis.

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 1, Port Vale 1. Peter Hartley (Stevenage) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a set piece situation.

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Attempt missed. Darius Charles (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves39268572254786
2Brentford38248662352780
3Leyton Orient402210872373576
4Rotherham392112673452875
5Preston402015556381875
6Peterborough38184165952758
7Swindon40169155853557
8Walsall401414124541456
9MK Dons40167175654255
10Sheff Utd38149154042-251
11Port Vale39156185265-1351
12Bradford391115135048248
13Coventry391610137069148
14Gillingham39146195163-1248
15Bristol City401016146263-146
16Crawley361113123844-646
17Oldham401111184355-1244
18Colchester391013164453-943
19Notts County40124245469-1540
20Tranmere391010194769-2240
21Carlisle391010193961-2240
22Crewe401010204775-2840
23Shrewsbury40814183650-1438
24Stevenage39108214060-2038
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