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Port Vale 0-2 Forest Green Rovers

Reece Brown's second-half double earned play-off hopefuls Forest Green victory at Port Vale.

Rovers goalkeeper Lewis Ward was twice called into action early on, producing saves to deny Vale pair Cristian Montano and Ricky Miller.

Forward Christian Doidge later flashed his effort just wide of the post from close range for the visitors following Brown's cross from the right.

On the hour, Miller weaved his way into the penalty area from the left for the Valiants but saw his fierce drive at an angle well saved by Ward.

Mark Cooper's side took the lead after 69 minutes when midfielder Brown slammed in a low right-footed shot which found Scott Brown's bottom left corner.

Brown notched his second deep in stoppage time to seal the victory, breaking on the counter attack following a Vale free-kick to lift the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper and into the net.

Forest Green are sixth, while Vale drop down to 21st in the fourth-tier.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 23ClarkBooked at 86mins
  • 15Smith
  • 5Legge
  • 14Crookes
  • 8Oyeleke
  • 4Joyce
  • 22ConlonSubstituted forHannantat 71'minutes
  • 7WorrallSubstituted forM Harrisat 81'minutes
  • 10Miller
  • 3Montaño

Substitutes

  • 6Kay
  • 11Hannant
  • 12Hornby
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 19M Harris
  • 24Whitfield
  • 33Howkins

Forest Green

  • 34Ward
  • 6Rawson
  • 16Gunning
  • 20Digby
  • 2Shephard
  • 7Winchester
  • 10Brown
  • 4JamesSubstituted forScobleat 54'minutes
  • 19McGinley
  • 9Doidge
  • 26ReidSubstituted forWilliamsat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Grubb
  • 11Williams
  • 13Montgomery
  • 17Pearce
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 25Scoble
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
4,429

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 0, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 0, Forest Green Rovers 2. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner following a fast break.

Luke Hannant (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by George Williams (Forest Green Rovers).

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

Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

Attempt saved. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

Booking

Mitchell Clark (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mitchell Clark (Port Vale).

Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricky Miller (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Mark Harris replaces David Worrall.

Foul by George Williams (Forest Green Rovers).

Adam Crookes (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Smith (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Luke Hannant replaces Tom Conlon.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 0, Forest Green Rovers 1. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Luke Joyce.

Attempt missed. Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ricky Miller (Port Vale).

Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. George Williams replaces Reuben Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Junior Mondal replaces Lloyd James.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Paul Digby.

Attempt blocked. Tom Conlon (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Joyce (Port Vale).

Second Half

Second Half begins Port Vale 0, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Port Vale 0, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Attempt missed. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Manny Oyeleke (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City392213469363379
2Bury382011771413071
3MK Dons392091064402469
4Mansfield391715756332366
5Tranmere3818101056421464
6Forest Green3916131057391861
7Exeter3817101151371461
8Carlisle39177155951858
9Colchester39169145748957
10Swindon381412124746154
11Stevenage39159154549-454
12Crewe39158164849-153
13Northampton391216114950-152
14Newport37157154656-1052
15Grimsby39147184048-849
16Oldham371212135448648
17Cheltenham39139174957-848
18Crawley39127204058-1843
19Morecambe39119194462-1842
20Cambridge38119183456-2242
21Port Vale391011183345-1241
22Yeovil3999213656-2036
23Macclesfield38810204064-2434
24Notts County39712203872-3433
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