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Port Vale 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

Port Vale registered their first league win of the season with an impressive victory over Forest Green at Vale Park.

Richie Bennett's early opener for the Valiants was cancelled out immediately by Joseph Mills, but David Amoo's 34th-minute strike proved the difference as Mark Cooper's side suffered their first defeat of the campaign.

The hosts took the lead just four minutes in when a cross from James Gibbons was headed home from close range by Bennett.

Their lead lasted barely two minutes as Gibbons gifted the ball straight to Mills, who could not believe his good fortune as he drove into the box and side-footed past Scott Brown for the equaliser.

An entertaining first half eventually swung in Vale's favour when Cristian Montano beat his man and crossed to former Liverpool prospect Amoo, who made no mistake and fired into the roof of the net.

The Valiants went close to extending their lead on several occasions, with Gibbons hitting the bar before half-time and Joe Wollacott keeping out a Nathan Smith header from point-blank range, but they held out for a deserved victory.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 2Gibbons
  • 5Legge
  • 15Smith
  • 3Crookes
  • 7WorrallBooked at 25mins
  • 4Joyce
  • 10Conlon
  • 19Amoo
  • 21BennettSubstituted forPopeat 86'minutes
  • 11MontañoBooked at 2minsSubstituted forLloydat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Kennedy
  • 9Pope
  • 13Cullen
  • 18Evans
  • 20Burgess
  • 22Lloyd
  • 30Maddison

Forest Green

  • 13Wollacott
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 5MillsBooked at 49mins
  • 19McGinley
  • 3BernardSubstituted forAllenat 45'minutes
  • 14Adams
  • 15Morton
  • 23Mills
  • 7Winchester
  • 25MondalSubstituted forGrubbat 64'minutes
  • 10CollinsSubstituted forStevensat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Rawson
  • 8Grubb
  • 9Stevens
  • 12Allen
  • 18Dawson
  • 20Kitching
  • 24Thomas
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
4,010

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Attempt blocked. Taylor Allen (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Morton.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jojo Wollacott.

Attempt saved. David Worrall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Pope with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Morton.

Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Amoo (Port Vale).

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Dayle Grubb tries a through ball, but Matt Stevens is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Tom Pope replaces Richie Bennett.

Foul by Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers).

James Gibbons (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Adam Crookes.

Foul by Matt Mills (Forest Green Rovers).

David Worrall (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Matt Stevens replaces Aaron Collins.

Foul by Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers).

Tom Conlon (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. David Amoo (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Attempt saved. Nathan Smith (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Conlon with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ryan Lloyd replaces Cristian Montaño because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Cristian Montaño (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt missed. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Amoo (Port Vale).

Attempt blocked. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. David Amoo (Port Vale) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Richie Bennett.

Attempt missed. Richie Bennett (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Amoo with a headed pass.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Joseph Mills tries a through ball, but Carl Winchester is caught offside.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. James Morton (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Udoka Godwin-Malife.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Gibbons (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Tom Conlon (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

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2Bradford42205148
3Cambridge42205328
4Exeter42203128
5Cheltenham42116247
6Plymouth42116337
7Swindon42116427
8Forest Green42114317
9Leyton Orient421145-17
10Macclesfield42025326
11Port Vale41305416
12Newport41303216
13Mansfield41218715
14Grimsby41215415
15Salford41215505
16Walsall41212205
17Morecambe412134-15
18Crawley41126604
19Northampton411234-14
20Carlisle410348-43
21Colchester402246-22
22Stevenage401304-41
23Oldham401316-51
24Scunthorpe4013511-61
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