Match ends, Notts County 0, Port Vale 1.
Mark Marshall's first-half strike earned League One Port Vale a narrow victory over struggling Notts County.
The winger capitalised to slot into an open net after defender Mike Edwards and goalkeeper Roy Carroll collided.
The home side responded positively but Garry Thompson failed to get enough contact on a ball played through by the impressive Paddy McCourt.
Liam Noble fluffed a chance and came close with a header but the hosts lost for the ninth time in 12 league games.
Notts County manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"I feel like a broken record. It's frustrating. The frustration in the stadium at the final whistle told the story. We could and should have been out of sight in the first half.
"Once more, the goal we conceded was a calamity and how we didn't score I'll never know.
I've seen the same as everyone here. We were a team that absolutely dominated in the first half, let in a sloppy goal and then struggled in the second to break down a resolute back-line."
- 5MullinsBooked at 38mins
- 16NobleBooked at 38minsSubstituted forJonesat 82'minutes
- 27BajnerSubstituted forWooleryat 75'minutes
- 1NealBooked at 39mins
- 33InnissBooked at 40mins
- 9WilliamsonSubstituted forDoddsat 84'minutes
- 11PopeBooked at 40mins
- Darren Drysdale
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Notts County 0, Port Vale 1.
Attempt blocked. Gary Jones (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Haydn Hollis (Notts County).
Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Ben Williamson.
Substitution, Notts County. Gary Jones replaces Liam Noble.
Foul by Blair Adams (Notts County).
Byron Moore (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Michael Edwards (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).
Attempt blocked. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Curtis Thompson.
Attempt blocked. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.
Substitution, Notts County. Kaiyne Woolery replaces Balint Bajner.
Attempt missed. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.