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Port Vale 1-1 Oldham Athletic

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Vale Park
Uche Ikpeazu
Summer signing Uche Ikpeazu has five goals in 13 appearances for Port Vale

Draw specialists Oldham Athletic clocked up another point on the road after being pegged back by a second-half Port Vale equaliser.

David Dunn's side led on 35 minutes with striker Michael Higdon's unmarked header from a Michael Jones corner.

But Vale substitute Uche Ikpeazu transformed the match after coming on.

Midfielder Sam Foley squared for the big striker to equalise on 71 minutes and leave the Latics having to settle for a fifth straight away draw.

It's a Dunn deal
Oldham have now drawn 1-1 in all their three games since former Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and England midfielder David Dunn took over as interim manager following the sacking of Darren Kelly.

Oldham, who have now had to share the spoils in seven of their 10 League One games this season, could have gone further in front when Higdon blasted over, while Dominic Poleon also flashed an effort wide just after the break.

But, although Colin Daniel and A J Leitch-Smith did go close in the first period, it was a different story once Vale had brought on Ikpeazu.

The former Crewe loan man caused havoc with his pace and power before finally levelling with his fifth goal of the season.

Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Uche Ikpeazu has come on again and turned the game for us and looked a big threat.

"But we make it hard for ourselves. We switched off at a setpiece. A lapse in concentration.

"We have to concentrate for the full 90 minutes. But it's four points from two games and we'll take that."

Oldham Athletic interim manager David Dunn told BBC Radio Manchester:

"To come and get a draw at an away ground is sometimes not a bad point.

"We've got to be braver in possession. But the one thing we cant criticise is the work we put in.

"I keep hearing all the negatives, but there's nothing to be negative about. We've got a lot of good things going in at this club."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 21Alnwick
  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Duffy
  • 4Streete
  • 3Dickinson
  • 19Moore
  • 11Foley
  • 42Grant
  • 27Andoh
  • 14Daniel
  • 20Leitch-SmithSubstituted forIkpeazuat 57'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 5McGivern
  • 7Birchall
  • 9Ikpeazu
  • 12Johnson
  • 15Hooper
  • 17Brown
  • 22Lloyd

Oldham

  • 13Cornell
  • 4DiengBooked at 75mins
  • 5Wilson
  • 6KellyBooked at 90mins
  • 2BrownBooked at 58mins
  • 7CroftSubstituted forYeatesat 61'minutes
  • 16BurnBooked at 59mins
  • 8Jones
  • 32FultonSubstituted forPhilliskirkat 72'minutes
  • 9Poleon
  • 34HigdonBooked at 74minsSubstituted forStankeviciusat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Coleman
  • 10Philliskirk
  • 15Winchester
  • 22Yeates
  • 23Stankevicius
  • 24Eckersley
  • 27Edmundson
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
4,065

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 1, Oldham Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Oldham Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Connor Brown.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Colin Daniel (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Booking

    Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Sam Foley (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Poleon (Oldham Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Simonas Stankevicius replaces Michael Higdon.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Yeates (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  11. Booking

    Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Colin Daniel (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Remie Streete (Port Vale).

  15. Post update

    Dominic Poleon (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Booking

    Timothee Dieng (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Ebo Andoh (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Timothee Dieng (Oldham Athletic).

  19. Booking

    Michael Higdon (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.