Tom Pope scored a late equaliser to earn Port Vale a draw with Hereford.

In a first half of few chances, Steven Leslie was denied by home goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson and Vale's Louis Dodds shot at Bulls keeper Adam Bartlett.

James McQuilkin gave Hereford the lead when he beat Tomlinson from outside the area with a superb effort.

Vale's Gary Roberts fired wide as Hereford neared a first win at Vale Park since 1979, but Pope's close-range header denied them in stoppage time.

MANAGER QUOTES

Port Vale caretaker manager Mark Grew told BBC Radio Stoke: "All credit to Hereford, I thought they played some good stuff and were quick on the break.

"I'm delighted and who knows how important that point could be.

"What's happened before has gone, we've got to get back on the training ground to get match-sharp again."

Hereford manager Jamie Pitman told BBC Hereford and Worcester:

"The equaliser was a killer blow because we didn't really see it coming.

"It feels more like a defeat to us than a draw because we were almost home and dry.

"The boys worked really hard and we restricted Vale to very few chances. We also broke with a lot of pace and purpose and I wasn't surprised we got a goal."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Port Vale

  • 12 Tomlinson
  • 02 Yates
  • 05 McCombe
  • 06 Owen (Taylor - 83' )
  • 15 Collins
  • 04 Griffith Booked
  • 07 Loft
  • 22 Roberts Booked
  • 08 Dodds (Taylor - 78' )
  • 09 Richards
  • 11 Richards Booked (Pope - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Martin
  • 21 Sutton
  • 03 Taylor
  • 14 Taylor
  • 16 Haldane
  • 18 Morsy
  • 29 Pope

Hereford

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 02 Green
  • 05 Townsend
  • 24 Stam
  • 34 Heath
  • 14 McQuilkin Booked
  • 16 Lunt
  • 18 Featherstone
  • 26 Leslie
  • 32 Purdie
  • 07 Fleetwood (Fairhurst - 73' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 25 Hoult
  • 04 Kovacs
  • 06 Rose
  • 08 Stratford
  • 19 Thomas
  • 09 Fairhurst
  • 30 Patulea
Ref: Deadman
Att: 4,869

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

5 4

Corners

2 5

Fouls

5 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:22 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:00

Nicky Featherstone challenges Marc Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Roberts.

90:00 +2:47

Foul by Kenny Lunt on Marc Richards, free kick awarded. Kris Taylor provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +2:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Pope - Port Vale 1 - 1 Hereford Tom Pope grabs a headed goal from close in. Port Vale 1-1 Hereford.

89:50

James McQuilkin decides to take a short corner.

89:23 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Waide Fairhurst for time wasting.

88:12

Short corner worked by Steven Leslie.

87:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Heath by Gary Roberts. Joe Heath restarts play with the free kick.

87:40 Booking

Booking Gary Roberts is shown a yellow card.

82:09 Substitution

Substitution (Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Kris Taylor coming on for Gareth Owen.

77:48 Substitution

Substitution (Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Robert Taylor coming on for Louis Dodds.

76:56 Booking

Booking James McQuilkin is cautioned.

75:27

Assist by Waide Fairhurst.

75:27 Goal scored

Goal! - James McQuilkin - Port Vale 0 - 1 Hereford Goal scored by James McQuilkin from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Port Vale 0-1 Hereford.

74:11

Effort on goal by Waide Fairhurst from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

72:11 Substitution

Substitution Waide Fairhurst joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stuart Fleetwood.

69:58

Gary Roberts takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Michael Townsend makes a clearance.

66:10

The official flags Stuart Fleetwood offside. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.

65:27 Substitution

Substitution Tom Pope replaces Justin Richards.

64:52

Effort on goal by Steven Leslie from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

63:23

Curled right-footed shot by Stuart Fleetwood. Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.

60:33

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Steven Leslie from the left by-line, Michael Townsend takes a shot. Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.

58:36

Justin Richards takes a shot. Save by Adam Bartlett.

56:48

Louis Dodds takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Joe Heath.

55:56

Foul by Nicky Featherstone on Anthony Griffith, free kick awarded. Adam Yates takes the free kick.

53:45

Handball by Marc Richards. Free kick taken by Nicky Featherstone.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

43:05

Louis Dodds has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

40:14

Foul by Justin Richards on Ryan Green, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Green, clearance by Gareth Owen.

40:14 Booking

Booking Justin Richards is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

37:07

Corner taken left-footed by Steven Leslie, clearance by Gareth Owen.

36:50

Shot by Nicky Featherstone. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

35:30

The assistant referee flags for offside against Stuart Fleetwood. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.

35:04

Louis Dodds has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save made by Adam Bartlett.

33:25

The ball is crossed by Gary Roberts, Adam Bartlett makes a save.

32:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Lunt on Gary Roberts. Free kick crossed by Gary Roberts.

30:10

Effort on goal by Doug Loft from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

28:23

James McQuilkin delivers the ball.

24:04

Corner taken by Steven Leslie from the right by-line, John McCombe fouled by Michael Townsend, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.

23:22

Marc Richards challenges Michael Townsend unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Townsend takes the free kick.

18:38

Shot from just outside the area by James McQuilkin goes over the bar.

15:38

Unfair challenge on Justin Richards by Michael Townsend results in a free kick. Gary Roberts takes the direct free kick.

15:09

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary Roberts, Stefan Stam manages to make a clearance.

14:41

Marc Richards takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Heath.

13:22

Shot from just outside the area by Nicky Featherstone goes over the bar.

9:01

Stefan Stam challenges Marc Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Justin Richards from left channel, save by Adam Bartlett.

8:12

Header from close range by Marc Richards misses to the right of the goal.

4:26

Foul by John McCombe on Stuart Fleetwood, free kick awarded. Nicky Featherstone takes the direct free kick.

3:51

Foul by Robert Purdie on Lee Collins, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Owen.

2:22

Anthony Griffith challenges Ryan Green unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

2:22 Booking

Booking Anthony Griffith receives a caution.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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