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Port Vale 2-2 Notts County

Tom Pope headed a last-gasp equaliser as Port Vale extend their unbeaten League Two run to four games after a dramatic draw against Notts County at Vale Park.

Vale led after 13 minutes when midfielder Luke Hannant guided his close-range header - following Ben Whitfield's cross from the left - into the top-left corner past Magpies goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons.

Kane Hemmings equalised after 22 minutes, reacting first to beat home stopper Scott Brown from yards out to turn Enzio Boldewijn's ball from the right into the bottom-left corner.

After the restart, Neil Aspin's hosts pushed for a winner, with Connell Rawlinson seeing his header cleared off the line by Jamie Turley before Fitzsimons was forced to push Whitfield's swivelling 25-yard volley away to safety.

Elliott Ward thumped Harry Kewell's Magpies into an 87th-minute lead, when Turley flicked on a corner.

However, Pope was on hand to earn a point for Port Vale with one minute remaining when the striker nodded home Nathan Smith's flick on, which extended their unbeaten run and moved them up to 13th.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Brown
  • 23Clark
  • 5Legge
  • 15Smith
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 21Vassell
  • 24WhitfieldSubstituted forDoddsat 79'minutes
  • 22ConlonSubstituted forMillerat 73'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 11Hannant
  • 9Pope

Substitutes

  • 2Gibbons
  • 6Kay
  • 10Miller
  • 12Hornby
  • 17Kanu
  • 19Dodds
  • 25Hardcastle

Notts County

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fitzsimons
  • 2TootleBooked at 30mins
  • 19Ward
  • 26Turley
  • 25Evina
  • 4Hewitt
  • 24Milsom
  • 11BoldewijnBooked at 84mins
  • 7AlessandraSubstituted forBrisleyat 83'minutes
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forDuffyat 90+1'minutes
  • 9DennisSubstituted forEteteat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Duffy
  • 10Thomas
  • 13Pindroch
  • 16Brisley
  • 21Davies
  • 33Dunn
  • 37Etete
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
4,236

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 2, Notts County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Notts County 2.

  3. Post update

    Luke Joyce (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matt Tootle (Notts County).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Shaun Brisley.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

  7. Post update

    Robert Milsom (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Notts County. Richard Duffy replaces Kane Hemmings.

  9. Post update

    Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kion Etete (Notts County).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Port Vale 2, Notts County 2. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Smith.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Port Vale 1, Notts County 2. Elliott Ward (Notts County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Turley following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Theo Vassell.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Booking

    Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Theo Vassell (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Notts County. Shaun Brisley replaces Lewis Alessandra.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Ben Whitfield.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City17113332151736
2MK Dons1797124101434
3Colchester1794431161531
4Tranmere178632516930
5Exeter178542617929
6Newport178542529-429
7Stevenage178452116528
8Forest Green176922617927
9Bury1775528181026
10Mansfield16510123121125
11Carlisle177281922-323
12Crawley177282429-523
13Port Vale176471721-422
14Yeovil165652318521
15Northampton175662021-121
16Swindon175661922-321
17Oldham165562118320
18Crewe175481619-319
19Cambridge175391627-1118
20Morecambe1752101729-1217
21Grimsby164391021-1115
22Notts County163492036-1613
23Cheltenham162591225-1311
24Macclesfield1714121435-217
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