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Port Vale 0-1 Swindon Town

Swindon kept up their promotion hopes as they clung on to beat Port Vale.

Robins full-back Raphael Rossi Branco got the only goal with a six-yard header from Harry Toffolo's corner.

Massimo Luongo almost made it 2-0 when Chris Neal tipped his strike onto the bar, while Ben Williamson and Tom Pope missed chances to equalise for Vale.

Michael O'Connor's free-kick hit the bar and Louis Dodds went close, but Swindon held out to retain third place in the League One table.

They are two points behind second-placed Swindon, while Vale have slipped five points adrift of the play-off places, dropping back to 12th.

Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"In the second half, we created 14 chances against a very good team, so we've got to take the positives out of that and take it into Tuesday night's game against Crawley.

"But we are bitterly disappointed with the way we conceded the goal. It's a set piece, there was a bit of a misunderstanding between the man in the hole and somebody has shouted something else.

"They've let it run and and it's hit somebody else who has hit somebody's head and gone in. It's just the worst goal to concede.

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

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Cooper on Port Vale v Swindon

"I need a couple of stiff drinks after that. We started really well, and could have put the game beyond them.

"We were a little bit sloppy on the final pass or in front of goal. But I felt we defended really well and had to.

"The three boys at the back and goalkeeper defended really well. We've kept another clean sheet."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 21VeseliBooked at 88mins
  • 4Robertson
  • 5McGivern
  • 3Dickinson
  • 20Marshall
  • 17BrownBooked at 50mins
  • 15O'Connor
  • 19MooreSubstituted forDanielat 63'minutes
  • 11PopeSubstituted forDoddsat 62'minutes
  • 9Williamson

Substitutes

  • 2Yates
  • 6Duffy
  • 7Birchall
  • 8Dodds
  • 12Johnson
  • 14Daniel
  • 22Lloyd

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 29BrancoBooked at 89mins
  • 2Thompson
  • 6Turnbull
  • 3ByrneBooked at 60mins
  • 7GladwinBooked at 84mins
  • 4LuongoSubstituted forSmithat 79'minutes
  • 5Stephens
  • 15Toffolo
  • 14SwiftSubstituted forKasimat 56'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 10WilliamsSubstituted forObikaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kasim
  • 9Smith
  • 20Obika
  • 23Barthram
  • 24Hylton
  • 26Rodgers
  • 35Johns
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
5,120

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 0, Swindon Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Swindon Town 1.

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

Michael Smith (Swindon Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

Foul by Colin Daniel (Port Vale).

Harry Toffolo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frederic Veseli (Port Vale).

Jack Stephens (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Ben Williamson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

Booking

Frederic Veseli (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Frederic Veseli (Port Vale).

Harry Toffolo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Frederic Veseli (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

Booking

Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Jack Stephens (Swindon Town).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Yaser Kasim.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Michael Smith replaces Massimo Luongo.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ben Gladwin.

Attempt missed. Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

Delay in match Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Michael Brown (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Jonathan Obika replaces Andy Williams.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Colin Daniel replaces Byron Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Tom Pope.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

Booking

Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town).

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City37248570323880
2Preston35209660312969
3Swindon36207963382567
4MK Dons36189969383163
5Sheff Utd35159114942754
6Barnsley36165155049153
7Peterborough36165154544153
8Fleetwood36149133739-251
9Bradford351311114440450
10Doncaster361311124445-150
11Chesterfield35139135148348
12Port Vale36146164549-448
13Rochdale341451558451347
14Gillingham361211135051-147
15Oldham351210134453-946
16Walsall361112133540-545
17Scunthorpe351110144753-643
18Notts County35119153544-942
19Crewe36126183564-2942
20Coventry36913144051-1140
21Leyton Orient35108174752-538
22Crawley36910173962-2337
23Colchester3697204261-1934
24Yeovil3789202856-2833
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