The FA Cup
ExeterExeter City2Port ValePort Vale0

FA Cup: Exeter City 2-0 Port Vale

Exeter reached the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in 11 seasons with victory over League One Port Vale.

The League Two side dominated early on, taking the lead when an unmarked Jordan Tillson headed in Lee Holmes' corner.

Ajay Leitch-Smith hit the crossbar for Port Vale just before the break, but Ollie Watkins sealed victory for the Grecians late on in the second half.

The substitute raced onto Matt Oakley's through ball with one minute of normal time remaining, as Vale bowed out.

It was the first time they had failed to score in eight FA Cup ties.

Exeter last reached round three in 2004-05, when they took Premier League giants Manchester United to a replay.

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale: "I am absolutely delighted with the way we played. It was a fabulous performance and a great result.

"We are all very excited now about what might come out of the hat on Monday night.

"We had lots of challenges coming into the game with the injuries we have dealt with over the last week or so. It was bit of a Rubik's cube, but whoever I selected had to play their game.

"It is a really good result for us, it was the complete performance in many ways and a lot of the players have done themselves a lot of good."

Port Vale manager Rob Page: "It was embarrassing and they let the club down. I am very angry. I told them at half-time that it wasn't acceptable and told them to go and do something about it.

"Credit to Exeter in the first half, they were excellent and thoroughly deserved it, but we were as bad as they were good.

"I will take a defeat, but not that kind of defeat, not one when you question their attitude and effort.

"I want a group of players that represent me and what I stand for. That is far away from what I stand for and I'm not going to accept it."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Olejnik
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 39Brown
  • 26Tillson
  • 3Woodman
  • 22Wheeler
  • 11Davies
  • 14Nicholls
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forWatkinsat 84'minutes
  • 31GrantBooked at 65minsSubstituted forNicholsat 90+3'minutes
  • 18ReidBooked at 32minsSubstituted forOakleyat 88'minutes


  • 8Oakley
  • 13Morrison
  • 20Nichols
  • 21Hamon
  • 29Watkins
  • 33Read
  • 36Egan

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21Alnwick
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4StreeteSubstituted forHooperat 78'minutes
  • 6Duffy
  • 5McGivern
  • 7BirchallBooked at 76mins
  • 8O'Connor
  • 42GrantBooked at 45mins
  • 11FoleySubstituted forKellyat 61'minutes
  • 10DoddsSubstituted forIkpeazuat 52'minutes
  • 20Leitch-Smith


  • 1Neal
  • 9Ikpeazu
  • 14Daniel
  • 15Hooper
  • 16Yates
  • 18Kelly
  • 38Deen Conteh
Trevor Kettle

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamPort Vale
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 2, Port Vale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Port Vale 0.

  3. Post update

    Matt Oakley (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Nichols replaces Joel Grant.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Exeter City 2, Port Vale 0. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Oakley.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Oakley replaces Jamie Reid.

  9. Post update

    Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ben Purkiss (Port Vale).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Ollie Watkins replaces Lee Holmes.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Nicholls (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Tillson (Exeter City).

  14. Post update

    Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Nicholls (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. JJ Hooper replaces Remie Streete.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Chris Birchall.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Lee Holmes (Exeter City) because of an injury.

  19. Booking

    Chris Birchall (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.