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Port Vale 1-0 Rochdale

Michael Brown scored the game's only goal to give Port Vale victory and push Rochdale out of the play-off places.

Rochdale's goalkeeper Conrad Logan pulled off a fantastic reflex save to stop Colin Daniel from opening the scoring for Vale from close range.

Chris Neal then saved Jamie Allen's half-volley before Vale took the lead.

Adam Yates' cross was only half cleared and the on-rushing Brown struck the ball into the ground and high past Logan to consign Rochdale to defeat.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We created opportunities, we just didn't have that killer instinct. The keeper made some good saves, there's no doubt about that.

"We didn't have the killer finish today. That's the one thing missing from the performance, the end result, but with respect to the performance, I'm really encouraged.

"It just wasn't to be today. We can't beat anyone up; you've just got to accept that you're going to win games, you're going to lose games and you're going to draw games."

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1NealBooked at 90mins
  • 2Yates
  • 4RobertsonBooked at 90mins
  • 21Veseli
  • 3Dickinson
  • 14DanielSubstituted forBirchallat 87'minutes
  • 15O'Connor
  • 20Marshall
  • 17Brown
  • 10Lines
  • 33N'GuessanSubstituted forWilliamsonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Birchall
  • 8Dodds
  • 9Williamson
  • 12Johnson
  • 19Moore
  • 25Slew
  • 28Campion

Rochdale

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Logan
  • 2RaffertySubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 68'minutes
  • 5Eastham
  • 29O'ConnellBooked at 45mins
  • 17Tanser
  • 24Allen
  • 25RoseSubstituted forMuldoonat 68'minutes
  • 12DawsonBooked at 70mins
  • 3Bennett
  • 9AndrewSubstituted forLundat 62'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 16Done

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 6Lancashire
  • 8Lund
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 14Hery
  • 18Muldoon
  • 27Cannon
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
5,043

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 1, Rochdale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Rochdale 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Booking

    Chris Robertson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

  6. Post update

    Jack Muldoon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Booking

    Chris Neal (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Tanser (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Colin Daniel.

  10. Post update

    Mark Marshall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ben Williamson (Port Vale).

  13. Post update

    Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Colin Daniel (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  18. Booking

    Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Colin Daniel (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).