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Port Vale 4-1 Yeovil Town

Tom Pope and Michael O'Connor
Tom Pope celebrates his first goal against Yeovil with Port Vale team-mate Michael O'Connor

Tom Pope scored twice as Port Vale eased past fellow strugglers Yeovil.

Before kick-off, Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite revealed that two clubs had made approaches to sign the striker.

Pope's far-post header from Mark Marshall's cross and a tap-in from a Chris Lines corner put Vale 2-0 up.

Lines turned in a rebound a minute into the second half and, although Aaron Martin pulled one back from close range, sub Colin Daniel finished well past Jake Kean to seal a routine win.

Local boy done good
Tom Pope, who was born in Stoke-on-Trent and is a Port Vale supporter, has nine goals this season and 66 in 175 appearances for the club. 33 of those goals came during the 2012-13 campaign when Vale won automatic promotion from League Two.

Pope, Marshall and Daniel missed further second-half chances as the hosts dominated at Vale Park.

Vale, who have won both home games since Rob Page took caretaker charge, move out of the relegation zone, leapfrogging Yeovil, who have dropped into the bottom four after suffering a third straight defeat.

Port Vale interim manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"The boys were brilliant. I'm proud of them. From 1 to 11 they have put a massive shift in. They have given me everything.

"Some of our play was tremendous. We worked a little bit on some of our link work with Ben Williamson and Tom Pope and it has paid off.

"Ben ran himself into the ground. I had to take him off and put on Colin Daniel, who has got a goal.

"We did both sides of the game really well. It was another big effort from them, And I would have taken a 1-0!"

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson told BBC Somerset:

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Johnson on Port Vale v Yeovil

"It was a difficult afternoon for everyone.

"We've all got to reassess what we're doing as we were poor.

"We've had a lot of training sessions, meetings and we've done a lot of work but it doesn't seem to be sinking in.

"We now need to assess the situation and see where we go from here."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 6Duffy
  • 32Zubar
  • 3Dickinson
  • 8Dodds
  • 15O'ConnorSubstituted forBrownat 83'minutes
  • 10Lines
  • 20Marshall
  • 11Pope
  • 9WilliamsonSubstituted forDanielat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Birchall
  • 12Johnson
  • 14Daniel
  • 17Brown
  • 19Moore
  • 22Lloyd
  • 26Streete

Yeovil

  • 24Kean
  • 2MoloneyBooked at 26minsSubstituted forDawsonat 71'minutes
  • 5Martin
  • 6Sokolik
  • 3Smith
  • 4Edwards
  • 8BerrettBooked at 12mins
  • 11FoleySubstituted forMooreat 25'minutes
  • 23Gillett
  • 25Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forHayterat 72'minutes
  • 10Leitch-Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Weale
  • 7Dawson
  • 9Hayter
  • 13Moore
  • 16Ralph
  • 19Davis
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
4,798

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home3
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 4, Yeovil Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 4, Yeovil Town 1.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 4, Yeovil Town 1. Colin Daniel (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Colin Daniel (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Jakub Sokolik (Yeovil Town).

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 3, Yeovil Town 1. Aaron Martin (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Michael Brown replaces Michael O'Connor.

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Colin Daniel replaces Ben Williamson.

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. James Hayter replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Kevin Dawson replaces Brendon Moloney.

Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simon Gillett (Yeovil Town).

Attempt missed. James Berrett (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

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

Foul by Aaron Martin (Yeovil Town).

Mark Marshall (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Yeovil Town).

Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jake Kean.

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

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Adam Yates.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

Foul by Louis Dodds (Port Vale).

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Louis Dodds (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

goal

As It Stood

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1Bristol City1284025121328
2Peterborough127232012823
3Swindon1063122111121
4MK Dons1061325141119
5Preston105412011919
6Chesterfield115332117418
7Bradford115331511418
8Oldham124621614218
9Notts County11452127517
10Sheff Utd115241718-117
11Rochdale115151912716
12Fleetwood124441110116
13Doncaster104241115-414
14Crawley12426918-914
15Coventry123451316-313
16Colchester123361618-212
17Barnsley103341416-212
18Walsall122641113-212
19Port Vale123361519-412
20Gillingham123361218-612
21Yeovil123361120-912
22Leyton Orient112541315-211
23Scunthorpe123181425-1110
24Crewe122191030-207
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