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Port Vale 2-3 Crawley Town

Crawley twice came from behind to beat Port Vale and boost their survival chances in League One.

Mark Marshall's corner was turned in by Louis Dodds after four minutes to give the hosts the lead.

Anthony Wordsworth equalised with a low shot but Dodds rifled home Vale's second to restore their lead.

Crawley levelled for a second time when Izale McLeod's header went in off the underside of the bar before Richard Wood nodded in the 69th minute winner.

Tuesday's result mirrored Crawley's win over Colchester on Saturday, leaving them only two points from safety, while Port Vale slip to 13th, six points adrift of the play-off places.

Port Vale manager Rob Page:

"Before this game the players have set high standards and I can't fault their efforts and work rate.

"But I'm not going to accept a performance like that. I didn't as a player and I'm certainly not going to as a manager.

"It was embarrassing standing there watching that. That performance, by their own high standards, is not acceptable."

Crawley Town boss Dean Saunders told BBC Surrey:

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Saunders on Port Vale v Crawley

"It's a great result for us and we've scored another three goals away from home. We've had a couple of back-to-back away wins, scored six goals and we've come back from behind again. There's a great spirit in the camp.

"The players are all together and really we dug that result out. There was a bit of class from Anthony Wordsworth and the three midfield players were excellent. Izale's got another goal - that's 17 he's got - and the three centre-halves looked solid all night.

"They've redeemed themselves in the second half and we got over the winning line. We played some great football all the way through."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 21Veseli
  • 4Robertson
  • 5McGivern
  • 20Marshall
  • 15O'Connor
  • 17BrownSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 77'minutes
  • 14DanielSubstituted forWilliamsonat 66'minutes
  • 8Dodds
  • 11PopeSubstituted forCampionat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Duffy
  • 7Birchall
  • 9Williamson
  • 12Johnson
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 22Lloyd
  • 28Campion

Crawley

  • 30PriceBooked at 78mins
  • 6Bradley
  • 29Wood
  • 25Ward
  • 14Young
  • 21TomlinSubstituted forElliottat 87'minutes
  • 16Fowler
  • 26Wordsworth
  • 3Dickson
  • 28PogbaSubstituted forMorganat 64'minutes
  • 9McLeodSubstituted forSmithat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jensen
  • 7Edwards
  • 8Smith
  • 10Morgan
  • 17Anderson
  • 20Bawling
  • 33Elliott
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
3,852

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 2, Crawley Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Crawley Town 3.

Attempt missed. Chris Robertson (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Darren Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jimmy Smith replaces Izale McLeod.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Port Vale).

Lee Fowler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).

Dean Morgan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Marvin Elliott replaces Gavin Tomlin.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Darren Ward.

Attempt saved. Anthony Wordsworth (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Darren Ward.

Attempt missed. Izale McLeod (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dean Morgan (Crawley Town).

Booking

Lewis Price (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Achille Campion (Port Vale) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Achille Campion replaces Tom Pope.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Tommy O'Sullivan replaces Michael Brown.

Attempt missed. Chris Robertson (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

Anthony Wordsworth (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 2, Crawley Town 3. Richard Wood (Crawley Town) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Wordsworth following a corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Crawley Town).

Ben Williamson (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Williamson replaces Colin Daniel.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Dean Morgan replaces Mathias Pogba.

Attempt missed. Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Darren Ward.

Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Crawley Town).

Michael Brown (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Crawley Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City38258573324183
2Preston36219662313172
3Swindon37217965392670
4MK Dons37199972393366
5Sheff Utd361510115043755
6Barnsley37166155049154
7Peterborough37165164546-153
8Chesterfield36149135448651
9Fleetwood37149143741-451
10Rochdale351551560461450
11Bradford351311114440450
12Doncaster371311134547-250
13Port Vale37146174752-548
14Gillingham371211145054-447
15Walsall371113133641-546
16Oldham361210144556-1146
17Scunthorpe351110144753-643
18Coventry371013144251-943
19Notts County36119163646-1042
20Crewe37126193567-3242
21Crawley371010174264-2240
22Leyton Orient36109174752-539
23Colchester37107204461-1737
24Yeovil3889212858-3033
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