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Port Vale 2-3 Northampton Town

Northampton ended a four-game losing streak as they ran out winners over Port Vale at Vale Park.

Goals from Gabriel Zakuani, Sam Hoskins and Paul Anderson secured Vale's former boss Rob Page all three points on his first return to his former club, with Ryan Taylor and Rigino Cicilia replying for the home side.

The visitors took the lead after 22 minutes when Zakuani beat his marker and stooped to powerfully head home Matt Taylor's out-swinging corner.

A bit of fortune helped Vale back into the game seven minutes into the second half when Taylor miscued a shot following a corner, only for the ball to land at his feet before slotting into the empty net.

Northampton went ahead 12 minutes from time when the ball fell to Hoskins in the six-yard box following a corner, before he smashed home into the roof of the net.

The Cobblers increased their advantage at the end of 90 minutes when Paul Anderson tapped home after Jak Alnwick twice denied Marc Richards.

Cicilia pulled one back for Vale two minutes into stoppage time but it was not enough as Northampton held on.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Alnwick
  • 40Taylor
  • 4Streete
  • 24Smith
  • 20Geraldo Rosa
  • 26Jones
  • 8TavaresBooked at 69minsSubstituted forPatersonat 81'minutes
  • 27Amoros
  • 28de Freitas
  • 7KellySubstituted forShalajat 63'minutes
  • 9Cicilia

Substitutes

  • 5Knops
  • 13Paterson
  • 16Mbamba
  • 18Turner
  • 25Santos
  • 30Shalaj
  • 46Hart

Northampton

  • 26Cornell
  • 18PhillipsBooked at 45mins
  • 6Zakuani
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 3BuchananBooked at 68mins
  • 4Anderson
  • 12McCourtBooked at 39mins
  • 31Taylor
  • 14Hoskins
  • 10Revell
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 7D'Ath
  • 8Byrom
  • 11Gorré
  • 16Beautyman
  • 20Hanley
  • 28McDonald
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
4,739

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home16
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 2, Northampton Town 3.

Full Time

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

Ryan Taylor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Anderson (Northampton Town).

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 2, Northampton Town 3. Rigino Cicilia (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Taylor.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Northampton Town 3. Paul Anderson (Northampton Town) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Port Vale).

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Taylor (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Marc Richards.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

Sebastien Amoros (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Anderson (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Martin Paterson replaces Paulo Tavares.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Northampton Town 2. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Richards.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Remie Streete.

Attempt blocked. Alex Revell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Alex Revell (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Port Vale).

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Paulo Tavares (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paulo Tavares (Port Vale).

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Booking

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alex Jones (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Buchanan (Northampton Town).

Foul by Sebastien Amoros (Port Vale).

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gezim Shalaj (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Gezim Shalaj replaces Sam Kelly.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

Sam Kelly (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Phillips (Northampton Town).

goal

As It Stood

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1Scunthorpe21135343202344
2Sheff Utd21125438221641
3Bolton20124424121240
4Bradford219932718936
5Rochdale2110383027333
6Peterborough2095633231032
7Fleetwood219573327632
8Southend218762928131
9Bristol Rovers218673337-430
10Wimbledon217863025529
11Charlton2061042619728
12Millwall208483232028
13Northampton217683130127
14Oxford Utd217682525027
15Port Vale217682632-627
16Gillingham207582932-326
17Walsall216872430-626
18MK Dons216692630-424
19Swindon2165102132-1123
20Bury2162133042-1220
21Coventry2147101828-1019
22Oldham203981222-1018
23Chesterfield2153132639-1318
24Shrewsbury2146112034-1418
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