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Gillingham 2-2 Port Vale

Midfield veteran Michael Brown's injury-time goal rescued a point for Port Vale against Gillingham in League One.

Dany N'Guessan put the visitors ahead after 18 minutes with a low shot from the edge of the box.

John Egan equalised for the Gills shortly before half-time with a brilliant 30-yard effort and then headed in his second after the break to put the hosts in front.

But 37-year-old Brown's late deflected shot sneaked in to earn Vale a draw.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

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Taylor on Gillingham v Port Vale

"It was a nervous finish and, in that nervous finish, there was a goal we normally wouldn't concede.

"Stuart Nelson has held his hands up and said he should have stopped the equaliser. The ball might have been spinning. It was a little bit deflected, so maybe in some ways that might have made it a problem to deal with.

"I felt we did enough to win. At the start of the second half, we opened them up a couple times, but anything can happen in football.

"You make your changes because you think that you're doing them for a reason - I changed our shape because simply I thought Port Vale were causing us too many problems."

Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We never accept a defeat - never. But there is a way to lose games of football and we did everything but put the ball in the back of the net up until the 94th minute.

"They gave me everything. I already had my end-of-game talk ready for them and I would have been proud of the performance we put in.

"I have just told them how proud I am of them. That is standard for me. Every game we play. We keep going to the 96th minute if we have to. That never-say-die attitude is what they have brought to the table. They should be commended for that.

"Michael Brown has experience. Every now and again, when he is up against youth, he struggles slightly, but he has more than enough experience to cope with that."

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 6Legge
  • 4Egan
  • 5Ehmer
  • 31HoyteSubstituted forMcGlashanat 71'minutes
  • 7LoftBooked at 40mins
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 21DoughtySubstituted forDackat 88'minutes
  • 28Chicksen
  • 24Dickenson
  • 10McDonaldSubstituted forGermanat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Kedwell
  • 11McGlashan
  • 12Morris
  • 14German
  • 16Linganzi
  • 23Dack
  • 29Lennon

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 4Robertson
  • 21Veseli
  • 3DickinsonBooked at 87mins
  • 17Brown
  • 20MarshallSubstituted forDanielat 68'minutes
  • 15O'ConnorBooked at 83mins
  • 9WilliamsonSubstituted forCampionat 81'minutes
  • 33N'GuessanSubstituted forBirchallat 81'minutes
  • 8Dodds

Substitutes

  • 5McGivern
  • 6Duffy
  • 7Birchall
  • 14Daniel
  • 22Lloyd
  • 23Boot
  • 28Campion
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
4,799

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 2, Port Vale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Port Vale 2.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Port Vale 2. Michael Brown (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Frederic Veseli (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Louis Dodds (Port Vale) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Michael Brown (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Adam Chicksen.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Dack replaces Michael Doughty.

Booking

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

Foul by Michael Doughty (Gillingham).

Achille Campion (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Dany N'Guessan.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Achille Campion replaces Ben Williamson.

Michael Doughty (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Brown (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Doug Loft (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Brennan Dickenson (Gillingham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Dany N'Guessan (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Colin Daniel (Port Vale) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Antonio German replaces Cody McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Jermaine McGlashan replaces Gavin Hoyte.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Colin Daniel replaces Mark Marshall.

Attempt blocked. Michael Brown (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Attempt missed. Leon Legge (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Port Vale 1. John Egan (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Doughty.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Louis Dodds.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Chris Neal.

Attempt saved. Adam Chicksen (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Gillingham).

Dany N'Guessan (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City19116236191739
2Swindon19115336201638
3Preston19114432191337
4MK Dons17104338182034
5Sheff Utd189452521431
6Oldham197932820830
7Notts County188642517830
8Rochdale198383224827
9Peterborough198382624227
10Bradford197572625126
11Fleetwood197481918125
12Chesterfield196762626025
13Walsall195861516-123
14Port Vale196582527-223
15Barnsley186482830-222
16Doncaster176471824-622
17Crawley195771929-1022
18Coventry195682128-721
19Leyton Orient194782429-519
20Gillingham194782027-719
21Scunthorpe185492333-1019
22Colchester1945102434-1017
23Yeovil1945101430-1617
24Crewe1944111537-2216
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