The FA Cup - Third Round
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Port Vale 2-2 Plymouth Argyle

Port Vale score

Plymouth Argyle fought back from two goals down to secure an FA Cup third-round replay with Port Vale.

Against the run of play, League One Vale opened the scoring as Gavin Tomlin glanced in a testing Jennison Myrie-Williams free-kick.

Their lead was doubled before the break when Tom Pope nodded home.

Vale's League Two opponents got a lifeline as Reuben Reid converted from close range and went level as Ben Purrington chipped in over the keeper.

Argyle started the brighter, but fell behind when Tomlin was left unmarked in the box to convert. The visitors continued to push forward and had their demands for a penalty turned down when Conor Hourihane's free-kick appeared to strike an arm.

Again, Argyle were punished for not converting their chances when Pope connected with a cross from captain Doug Loft to make it 2-0.

The Pilgrims had only been beaten once in their last eight games in all competitions, and this resolve was on display after the interval. Reid reduced the arrears when he side-footed home after a cut back from Lewis Alessandra.

The deserved leveller came with 15 minutes remaining, with Alessandra the creator again as he fed rampaging left-back Purrington to secure a replay.

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 5Dickinson
  • 21Griffith
  • 4RobertsonBooked at 66mins
  • 24DuffySubstituted forChilversat 40'minutes
  • 9Myrie-WilliamsSubstituted forHugillat 71'minutes
  • 7Loft
  • 10TomlinBooked at 20mins
  • 11Pope
  • 8DoddsSubstituted forWilliamsonat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Chilvers
  • 12Johnson
  • 15Shuker
  • 19Williamson
  • 22Lloyd
  • 26Birchall
  • 39Hugill

Plymouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Cole
  • 4BlanchardSubstituted forPurringtonat 58'minutes
  • 2Berry
  • 11Blizzard
  • 16Trotman
  • 17Nelson
  • 27GurrieriBooked at 14mins
  • 6Hourihane
  • 9ReidSubstituted forBocoat 88'minutes
  • 26ObadeyiSubstituted forThomasat 67'minutes
  • 7Alessandra

Substitutes

  • 5Branston
  • 8Boco
  • 14Young
  • 15Wotton
  • 19Thomas
  • 23McCormick
  • 25Purrington
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
5,511

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home4
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 2, Plymouth Argyle 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Plymouth Argyle 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

  8. Post update

    Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Romuald Boco replaces Reuben Reid.

  10. Post update

    Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam Chilvers (Port Vale).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Chris Neal.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Post update

    Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ben Williamson (Port Vale).

  16. Post update

    Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Port Vale).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ben Purrington.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Port Vale 2, Plymouth Argyle 2. Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Jordan Hugill replaces Jennison Myrie-Williams.