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Port Vale 1-2 Tranmere Rovers

League Two top scorer James Norwood's double inspired play-off chasing Tranmere to a 2-1 win away to relegation-threatened Port Vale.

Micky Mellon's side led on 10 minutes as Norwood followed up Kieron Morris' low drive which was parried by goalkeeper Scott Brown to power the ball left-footed in to the top right corner.

Striker Norwood struck the second, his 22nd league goal of the season, with 56 minutes played, running on to Connor Jennings' pass to fire low into the far corner.

Ben Whitfield pulled one back for John Askey's hosts on the hour with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area.

Zoumana Bakayogo later came to Rovers' rescue, clearing a header from Valiants captain Tom Pope off the line.

Whitfield saw a goal ruled out for offside in the closing stages as Tranmere held on to move up to ninth, three points from the play-offs. Struggling Vale remain four points above the relegation zone.

Report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Brown
  • 2GibbonsBooked at 89mins
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 15SmithBooked at 45mins
  • 14Crookes
  • 23ClarkSubstituted forMontañoat 53'minutes
  • 6Kay
  • 11HannantBooked at 44minsSubstituted forWorrallat 58'minutes
  • 22Conlon
  • 9Pope
  • 24WhitfieldSubstituted forMillerat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Montaño
  • 5Legge
  • 7Worrall
  • 10Miller
  • 12Hornby
  • 19M Harris
  • 27Edser

Tranmere

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Davies
  • 14CapriceBooked at 67mins
  • 6MontheBooked at 83mins
  • 16Ellis
  • 24Bakayogo
  • 19MorrisSubstituted forSmithat 77'minutes
  • 12McCullough
  • 17PerkinsBooked at 89mins
  • 27PringleSubstituted forGilmourat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10NorwoodBooked at 31mins
  • 11JenningsBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 9Mullin
  • 18Smith
  • 22Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 28Banks
  • 29Dagnall
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
3,835

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 1, Tranmere Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Tranmere Rovers 2.

  3. Booking

    Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Cristian Montaño (Port Vale).

  7. Post update

    Luke McCullough (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by David Perkins.

  10. Booking

    James Gibbons (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Booking

    David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Booking

    Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    David Worrall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Ricky Miller replaces Ben Whitfield.

  16. Booking

    Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ben Whitfield (Port Vale).

  18. Post update

    Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Connell Rawlinson.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ben Whitfield (Port Vale).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City321711457332462
2Bury33179763392460
3Mansfield331513548262258
4MK Dons33168953341956
5Forest Green331412750321854
6Colchester331581053361753
7Carlisle331641352411152
8Exeter32149943321151
9Tranmere331310104741649
10Stevenage33146133842-448
11Oldham3312101151411046
12Grimsby33144153739-246
13Crewe33137133942-346
14Swindon321210103841-346
15Newport32137124350-746
16Northampton33815104145-439
17Crawley33115173646-1038
18Cheltenham33108153849-1138
19Cambridge33106172952-2336
20Morecambe3398163551-1635
21Port Vale3389162841-1333
22Yeovil3379173246-1430
23Macclesfield3378183455-2129
24Notts County33610173465-3128
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