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Port Vale 2-0 AFC Wimbledon

Goals from Nathan Smith and Chris Eagles hauled Port Vale out of the League One relegation zone as they saw off AFC Wimbledon at Vale Park.

The two strikes, either side of half-time, were enough to secure a vital win for the Valiants, moving them two points ahead of 21st-placed Shrewsbury.

In an end-to-end first half, Vale took the lead after 21 minutes when Eagles whipped in a cross for the stooping Smith to head past James Shea.

Eagles then got himself on the scoresheet on 70 minutes, picking up the ball from Rigino Cicilia before rifling a shot in off the post from the edge of the box.

The winger almost opened his account after 17 minutes when he set off on a run and beat two Wimbledon defenders before smashing his shot against the upright.

The Dons did have chances of their own and nearly broke the deadlock 18 minutes in when Deniz Mehmet spilled Dean Parrett's powerful 25-yard effort, before only just stopping it on the goal-line.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Mehmet
  • 2Purkiss
  • 39Bikey Amougou
  • 24Smith
  • 5Knops
  • 6Taylor
  • 12Pugh
  • 11FoleySubstituted forReevesat 90+2'minutes
  • 10Hooper
  • 44EaglesBooked at 48minsSubstituted forde Freitasat 77'minutes
  • 9CiciliaSubstituted forTurnerat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kelly
  • 18Turner
  • 19Tanser
  • 28de Freitas
  • 31Reeves
  • 38Fasan
  • 46Shodipo

Wimbledon

  • 1Shea
  • 14Soares
  • 6RobinsonBooked at 58mins
  • 22Kelly
  • 32Charles
  • 17BarchamBooked at 17minsSubstituted forPoleonat 71'minutes
  • 8Reeves
  • 18ParrettSubstituted forEganat 81'minutes
  • 7Francomb
  • 9ElliottSubstituted forAntwiat 72'minutes
  • 33Taylor

Substitutes

  • 3Meades
  • 5Nightingale
  • 10Poleon
  • 19Fitzpatrick
  • 24McDonnell
  • 28Egan
  • 38Antwi
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
4,308

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 2, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. William Reeves replaces Sam Foley.

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

Foul by Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon).

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by André Bikey.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Dan Turner replaces Rigino Cicilia.

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

Foul by Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon).

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

Foul by George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon).

Foul by Kjell Knops (Port Vale).

Alfie Egan (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Alfie Egan replaces Dean Parrett.

(AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rigino Cicilia (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Anthony de Freitas replaces Chris Eagles.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by JJ Hooper.

Foul by Chris Eagles (Port Vale).

Dominic Poleon (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jayden Antwi replaces Tom Elliott because of an injury.

Delay in match Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Dominic Poleon replaces Andy Barcham.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 2, AFC Wimbledon 0. Chris Eagles (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Rigino Cicilia (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon).

Booking

Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Paul Robinson (AFC Wimbledon).

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

Danny Pugh (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon).

Delay in match Sam Foley (Port Vale) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Kjell Knops.

Foul by Rigino Cicilia (Port Vale).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd402410676443282
2Bolton402210862342876
3Fleetwood401912955371869
4Bradford411718655391669
5Scunthorpe4119101270511967
6Southend4018121063471666
7Millwall401712115648863
8Bristol Rovers411612136059160
9Oxford Utd40178155647959
10Rochdale401610146359458
11Peterborough411610155754358
12Wimbledon411315135251154
13Walsall401314134750-353
14MK Dons401312155151051
15Northampton41149185864-651
16Charlton401017134948147
17Bury411210195869-1146
18Port Vale391112164459-1545
19Oldham411015162742-1545
20Gillingham411112185371-1845
21Shrewsbury401110194157-1643
22Swindon41119214259-1742
23Chesterfield41810233866-2834
24Coventry40711223360-2732
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