Match ends, Port Vale 4, Yeovil Town 1.
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:
"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."
- 15O'ConnorSubstituted forBrownat 83'minutes
- 9WilliamsonSubstituted forDanielat 77'minutes
- 2MoloneyBooked at 26minsSubstituted forDawsonat 71'minutes
- 8BerrettBooked at 12mins
- 11FoleySubstituted forMooreat 25'minutes
- 25Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forHayterat 72'minutes
- Darren Handley
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Port Vale 4, Yeovil Town 1.
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! 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, 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, 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, Yeovil Town. James Hayter replaces Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.
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.