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Port Vale 1-0 Chesterfield

Michael Brown's first game in caretaker charge of Port Vale ended in victory against Chesterfield in League One.

A second half goal from Jerome Thomas put an end to a dismal run of form for the Valiants, who had not won in the league since 12 November.

The first real chance of the Vale Park contest occurred on 37 minutes when Vale striker Rigino Cicilia played a one-two with Thomas before producing a save from goalkeeper Ryan Fulton at his near post.

Chesterfield started the second half on the front foot with a half-hearted penalty appeal from Ched Evans being ignored by referee Michael Salisbury.

Vale made the decisive breakthrough just past the hour mark when captain Ben Purkiss passed to Thomas on the right and his cross-shot looped over Fulton.

The Spireites tried to hit back in the 78th minute when a free-kick was hit long into the Vale penalty area and a header out was met by substitute Rai Simons - but he blazed his shot over.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Alnwick
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4Streete
  • 24Smith
  • 5KnopsBooked at 21mins
  • 7KellySubstituted forGeraldo Rosaat 89'minutes
  • 28de FreitasSubstituted forAmorosat 90+5'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 40TaylorBooked at 26mins
  • 9Cicilia
  • 14ThomasBooked at 77minsSubstituted forTurnerat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Turner
  • 20Geraldo Rosa
  • 21Pereira
  • 25Santos
  • 27Amoros
  • 30Shalaj
  • 46Hart

Chesterfield

  • 12Fulton
  • 5Liddle
  • 4HirdBooked at 69mins
  • 6EvattBooked at 73mins
  • 19DonohueBooked at 27mins
  • 11MitchellSubstituted forWilkinsonat 74'minutes
  • 18Nolan
  • 15O'Neil
  • 28AriyibiSubstituted forSimonsat 57'minutes
  • 26O'SheaSubstituted forGardnerat 84'minutes
  • 9Evans

Substitutes

  • 7Gardner
  • 21Allinson
  • 22Simons
  • 23Anderson
  • 24Wilkinson
  • 29Beesley
  • 30Morrison
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
4,027

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamChesterfield
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Booking

Jerome Thomas (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Match ends, Port Vale 1, Chesterfield 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Chesterfield 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Sebastien Amoros replaces Anthony de Freitas.

Attempt missed. Dan Turner (Port Vale) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Kiko replaces Sam Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Dan Turner replaces Jerome Thomas.

Attempt missed. Ched Evans (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Dan Gardner replaces Jay O'Shea.

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Sam Hird (Chesterfield).

Attempt missed. Rai Simons (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jerome Thomas (Port Vale).

Jon Nolan (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Conor Wilkinson replaces Reece Mitchell.

Booking

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ian Evatt.

Foul by Sam Kelly (Port Vale).

Ched Evans (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Sam Hird (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jerome Thomas (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Hird (Chesterfield).

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Hand ball by Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield).

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Chesterfield 0. Jerome Thomas (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Rigino Cicilia.

Foul by Jerome Thomas (Port Vale).

Liam O'Neil (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Ched Evans (Chesterfield).

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Rai Simons replaces Gboly Ariyibi.

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

Attempt missed. Kjell Knops (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

goal

As It Stood

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3Bolton23144530141646
4Rochdale2413383830842
5Bradford2391132819938
6Southend2310763428637
7Millwall2411493937237
8Peterborough22106636241236
9Fleetwood239773428634
10Bristol Rovers239683740-333
11Wimbledon238873428632
12Charlton2371062824431
13Northampton238693433130
14Oxford Utd238692828030
15Walsall237972631-530
16Gillingham2486103239-730
17Port Vale2486102737-1030
18MK Dons2476112934-527
19Swindon2466122438-1424
20Bury2363143245-1321
21Shrewsbury2456132438-1421
22Chesterfield2463152743-1621
23Coventry2347122034-1419
24Oldham2239101226-1418
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