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Port Vale 2-1 Crawley Town

Paul Jones

A mistake by Crawley keeper Paul Jones gifted Port Vale victory in a game which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Town wasted numerous chances before Billy Clarke deservedly put them ahead at the break, scoring with a penalty after Joe Davis felled Rory Fallon.

Vale levelled through Billy Knott's 20-yard shot and Crawley then had Dannie Bulman sent off for a second caution.

Doug Loft's powerful strike crept past Jones to seal the win for Vale, who then had Chris Robertson sent off.

Robertson saw red for violent conduct following an altercation with Mark Connolly.

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

"That's probably the best we've played since I've been here and it's just about not taking chances in front of goal. I've become a bit of an old gramophone in the last couple of games.

"There were chances to win that game and I am getting a bit fed up repeating myself week after week. It's rather difficult to stand here and try and explain how we lost that game and that is the harsh reality.

"A lot of their fans called me over because they wanted to say they couldn't believe Port Vale had won the game and that quite a few of them said that we were the best team that has played here this season. But of course that means absolute zilch if you've not won the game.

"We certainly cannot afford to miss opportunities like that to win the game."

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Johnson
  • 24Duffy
  • 3Jones
  • 18Lines
  • 17Davis
  • 4RobertsonBooked at 90mins
  • 9Myrie-WilliamsSubstituted forBirchallat 79'minutes
  • 28KnottSubstituted forTaylorat 80'minutes
  • 11Pope
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forHugillat 78'minutes
  • 7Loft

Substitutes

  • 2Yates
  • 5Dickinson
  • 8Dodds
  • 14Taylor
  • 21Griffith
  • 26Birchall
  • 39Hugill

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Jones
  • 29Connolly
  • 3Sadler
  • 10Drury
  • 4ConnollyBooked at 90mins
  • 12Walsh
  • 11Simpson
  • 15BulmanBooked at 67mins
  • 9FallonSubstituted forProctorat 79'minutes
  • 7ClarkeSubstituted forTorresat 82'minutes
  • 21Jones

Substitutes

  • 8Torres
  • 14Proctor
  • 16Kaikai
  • 17Boateng
  • 19Monakana
  • 25Maddison
  • 28Dicker
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
3,755

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 2, Crawley Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Crawley Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jordan Hugill.

  6. Booking

    Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Dismissal

    Chris Robertson (Port Vale) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

  9. Post update

    Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

  11. Post update

    Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Port Vale 2, Crawley Town 1. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Sergio Torres replaces Billy Clarke.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Robert Taylor replaces Billy Knott.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Rory Fallon.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Jennison Myrie-Williams.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Jordan Hugill replaces Gavin Tomlin.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Paul Jones.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves40269572254787
2Brentford39249662352781
3Leyton Orient402210872373576
4Rotherham392112673452875
5Preston402015556381875
6Peterborough38184165952758
7Swindon40169155853557
8Walsall401414124541456
9MK Dons40167175654255
10Port Vale40166185466-1254
11Sheff Utd391410154042-252
12Bradford401116135048249
13Coventry401611137069149
14Gillingham39146195163-1248
15Bristol City401016146263-146
16Crawley371113133946-746
17Oldham401111184355-1244
18Colchester391013164453-943
19Notts County40124245469-1540
20Tranmere391010194769-2240
21Carlisle391010193961-2240
22Crewe401010204775-2840
23Stevenage40109214060-2039
24Shrewsbury40814183650-1438
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