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Port Vale 1-0 Rochdale

Michael Brown scored the game's only goal to give Port Vale victory and push Rochdale out of the play-off places.

Rochdale's goalkeeper Conrad Logan pulled off a fantastic reflex save to stop Colin Daniel from opening the scoring for Vale from close range.

Chris Neal then saved Jamie Allen's half-volley before Vale took the lead.

Adam Yates' cross was only half cleared and the on-rushing Brown struck the ball into the ground and high past Logan to consign Rochdale to defeat.

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Hill on Port Vale v Rochdale

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We created opportunities, we just didn't have that killer instinct. The keeper made some good saves, there's no doubt about that.

"We didn't have the killer finish today. That's the one thing missing from the performance, the end result, but with respect to the performance, I'm really encouraged.

"It just wasn't to be today. We can't beat anyone up; you've just got to accept that you're going to win games, you're going to lose games and you're going to draw games."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1NealBooked at 90mins
  • 2Yates
  • 4RobertsonBooked at 90mins
  • 21Veseli
  • 3Dickinson
  • 14DanielSubstituted forBirchallat 87'minutes
  • 15O'Connor
  • 20Marshall
  • 17Brown
  • 10Lines
  • 33N'GuessanSubstituted forWilliamsonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Birchall
  • 8Dodds
  • 9Williamson
  • 12Johnson
  • 19Moore
  • 25Slew
  • 28Campion

Rochdale

  • 22Logan
  • 2RaffertySubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 68'minutes
  • 5Eastham
  • 29O'ConnellBooked at 45mins
  • 17Tanser
  • 24Allen
  • 25RoseSubstituted forMuldoonat 68'minutes
  • 12DawsonBooked at 70mins
  • 3Bennett
  • 9AndrewSubstituted forLundat 62'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 16Done

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 6Lancashire
  • 8Lund
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 14Hery
  • 18Muldoon
  • 27Cannon
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
5,043

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 1, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Rochdale 0.

Attempt missed. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Chris Robertson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

Jack Muldoon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Chris Neal (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Scott Tanser (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Colin Daniel.

Mark Marshall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale).

Foul by Ben Williamson (Port Vale).

Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

Attempt missed. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Colin Daniel (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Colin Daniel (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Ben Williamson (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Rochdale).

Booking

Stephen Dawson (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Mark Marshall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Rochdale).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Joseph Rafferty.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jack Muldoon replaces Michael Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Williamson replaces Dany N'Guessan.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Rochdale 0. Michael Brown (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Matthew Lund replaces Calvin Andrew.

Foul by Michael Brown (Port Vale).

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Chris Neal.

Attempt saved. Stephen Dawson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Rochdale).

Mark Marshall (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Rochdale).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City17106133181536
2Swindon1795333191432
3Preston1794429191031
4Notts County168532314929
5Sheff Utd169252319429
6MK Dons1483329161327
7Peterborough178362519627
8Rochdale1682629161326
9Oldham176832419526
10Fleetwood177461916325
11Barnsley166462626022
12Port Vale176472324-122
13Bradford176472223-122
14Chesterfield175662324-121
15Crawley175571626-1020
16Walsall174761416-219
17Doncaster155371422-818
18Colchester174582427-317
19Gillingham174581724-717
20Coventry174582028-817
21Leyton Orient173771925-616
22Scunthorpe164391930-1115
23Crewe1743101332-1915
24Yeovil173591227-1514
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