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Port Vale 1-1 Coventry City

Sam Kelly
Sam Kelly (centre) has scored three goals in 18 appearances for Port Vale this season

Port Vale substitute Sam Kelly struck a superb, late equaliser to earn a well-deserved point against Coventry City.

City keeper Reice Charles-Cook denied Vale striker AJ Leitch-Smith four times as Vale dominated in the first half.

Jacob Murphy put the Sky Blues ahead against the run of play when he rounded Jak Alnwick and passed the ball in.

Charles-Cook saved brilliantly from Carl Dickinson's free-kick after the break, but was unable to stop Kelly's 20-yard, 84th-minute left-foot stunner.

Summer signing Kelly's goal, the second he has scored as a Vale substitute this season, came just four minutes after coming off the bench to replace Byron Moore.

City are now without a win in five games, while Vale, who lost defender Ryan Inniss with a first-half hamstring injury, are unbeaten in 11 home league matches - their best run since John Rudge's side 22 years ago.

Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I'm extremely proud of the players to have done that because of the managers that have been here before. John Rudge is an absolute hero at this club and rightly so.

"They've given that level of performance week in, week out. To have only lost one going into the second week of February is a great achievement.

"This run has been about levels of performance. When you give that level of performance from 1 to 11 then you will win more than you lose. I think teams will respect us."

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"It was going to take something pretty special to beat Reice. It's important to collect points from games like this but we've got 16 games to go and we need to start winning.

"We changed tactics. We've been working on ways to win. We scored a lot earlier in the season through breaking away and using our speed to get behind. And we did that ok at times.

"We probably should have scored a few more as we've had a few great chances and one cleared off the line at the end."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 21Alnwick
  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Duffy
  • 26InnissSubstituted forMcGivernat 36'minutes
  • 3Dickinson
  • 19MooreSubstituted forKellyat 80'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 11Foley
  • 9Kennedy
  • 25RobinsonSubstituted forHooperat 68'minutes
  • 20Leitch-Smith

Substitutes

  • 5McGivern
  • 15Hooper
  • 16Yates
  • 17Brown
  • 18Kelly
  • 23Boot
  • 28Campion

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 15Stephens
  • 38Cargill
  • 18Ricketts
  • 3StokesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Fleck
  • 16Rose
  • 12LorentzsonSubstituted forRamageat 33'minutes
  • 25MurphySubstituted forO'Brienat 80'minutes
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forHendersonat 64'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 8Lameiras
  • 11O'Brien
  • 14Cole
  • 22Ramage
  • 32Fortuné
  • 44Henderson
Referee:
Phil Gibbs
Attendance:
6,320

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 1, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Coventry City 1.

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

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Attempt saved. Darius Henderson (Coventry City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Sam Foley.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Matthew Kennedy.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darius Henderson (Coventry City).

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Foul by Richard Duffy (Port Vale).

Andy Rose (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Coventry City 1. Sam Kelly (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Sam Kelly replaces Byron Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jim O'Brien replaces Jacob Murphy.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by John Fleck.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

Attempt missed. Anthony Grant (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Foul by Adam Yates (Port Vale).

Andy Rose (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Darius Henderson (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Adam Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. JJ Hooper replaces Theo Robinson.

Attempt missed. Richard Duffy (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Peter Ramage.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Darius Henderson replaces James Maddison.

Byron Moore (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jak Alnwick.

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by James Maddison (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Richard Duffy (Port Vale) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Reice Charles-Cook.

Attempt saved. Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton29193740241660
2Walsall29168547301756
3Wigan301510550292155
4Gillingham30167755361955
5Coventry301310749331649
6Millwall29145104738947
7Southend2913884135647
8Peterborough291351154411344
9Port Vale31128113536-144
10Barnsley29133134842642
11Sheff Utd2911994541442
12Bradford2811892932-341
13Scunthorpe28115123337-438
14Rochdale28107113739-237
15Bury28107113643-737
16Doncaster2999113539-436
17Swindon30106144247-536
18Blackpool2996142835-733
19Chesterfield2993173849-1130
20Shrewsbury3086163449-1530
21Fleetwood2878133437-329
22Crewe2968153050-2026
23Oldham27412112740-1324
24Colchester2957173668-3222
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