League One
Port ValePort Vale3TranmereTranmere Rovers2
Tom Pope

Port Vale survived a second-half scare to beat relegation-threatened Tranmere Rovers at Vale Park.

Tom Pope put Vale in front, turning in Adam Yates's cross from close range, loan man Billy Knott doubling the lead with a left-footed shot from 25 yards.

Pope set up Ben Williamson for a third before Tranmere threatened an unlikely comeback with two goals in a minute.

Ash Taylor nodded in a corner and Jason Koumas scored from a free-kick but Vale held on for a first win in three games.

However, they needed goalkeeper Chris Neal - later stretchered off the field following a collision with Rovers substitute Ian Goodison - to make smart saves from Ryan Lowe and Jake Kirby.

Doug Loft also hit the bar for the hosts, who had let a 2-0 lead slip at Coventry in their previous outing.

Tranmere, who are a point outside the drop zone, are yet to win back-to-back games in League One this season.

Tranmere caretaker manager John McMahon told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"The defending was unacceptable. We can't give teams a start.

"For four minutes of the first half and for two minutes of the second half, we were poor. For the rest of the time, we were terrific.

"But we can't defend like that and expect to win games or come away with a point."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1NealSubstituted forJohnsonat 83'minutes
  • 2Yates
  • 5Dickinson
  • 21GriffithBooked at 79mins
  • 20Grimmer
  • 24Duffy
  • 9Myrie-WilliamsSubstituted forBirchallat 89'minutes
  • 28Knott
  • 19WilliamsonSubstituted forHugillat 90+3'minutes
  • 11Pope
  • 7Loft

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 4Robertson
  • 8Dodds
  • 10Tomlin
  • 12Johnson
  • 26Birchall
  • 39Hugill

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 20BrownSubstituted forGoodisonat 58'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Ridehalgh
  • 8Wallace
  • 32ArthurworreyBooked at 74minsSubstituted forStocktonat 76'minutes
  • 4Taylor
  • 15Kirby
  • 17Power
  • 9Lowe
  • 14Cassidy
  • 22KoumasBooked at 63mins

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 5Goodison
  • 10Robinson
  • 12Rowe
  • 16Stockton
  • 33Mooney
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
5,449

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 3, Tranmere Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 3, Tranmere Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Doug Loft.

  5. Booking

    Ian Goodison (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ian Goodison (Tranmere Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Jordan Hugill replaces Ben Williamson.

  10. Substitution

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Sam Johnson replaces Chris Neal because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Chris Neal (Port Vale) because of an injury.

  15. Booking

    Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

  17. Post update

    James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Cole Stockton replaces Stephen Arthurworrey.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves37248567234480
2Brentford36247562323079
3Leyton Orient38229771353675
4Rotherham371912668442469
5Preston381815552371569
6Peterborough37184155849958
7MK Dons38167155652455
8Swindon38149155451351
9Walsall381214124241150
10Port Vale37155175159-850
11Sheff Utd36139143740-348
12Crawley341113103841-346
13Bradford371015124946345
14Gillingham38136195063-1345
15Bristol City38916135661-543
16Colchester371013144247-543
17Coventry371410136768-142
18Oldham38119184254-1242
19Crewe381010184570-2540
20Tranmere37109184667-2139
21Carlisle37108193961-2238
22Shrewsbury38813173649-1337
23Stevenage37107203958-1937
24Notts County38104244968-1934
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