Four first-half goals helped Port Vale extend their unbeaten league run and claim an easy victory over Accrington.

Sean Rigg opened the scoring with a crisp finish following a clever pass from Gary Roberts, who later made it 2-0 with an unstoppable direct free-kick.

Adam Yates' cross was headed in by Tom Pope for the third before Rigg grabbed his second of the match from six yards.

Accrington's Peter Murphy hit the bar and then grabbed a consolation goal, heading in Craig Lindfield's cross.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We're very pleased with the result and the performance, although I don't think we played particularly well in the first half.

"It took us a while to get going but we were clinical today. We looked sharp and fit and it was all over by half time."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Port Vale

  • 12 Tomlinson
  • 02 Yates
  • 05 McCombe
  • 06 Owen
  • 15 Collins
  • 25 McDonald Booked
  • 04 Griffith
  • 07 Loft
  • 14 Roberts (Dodds - 80' )
  • 17 Rigg (Haldane - 76' )
  • 11 Pope (Williamson - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Taylor
  • 16 Haldane
  • 18 Morsy
  • 08 Dodds
  • 19 Williamson

Accrington Stanley

  • 01 Murdoch
  • 03 Winnard
  • 04 Hessey
  • 12 Murphy Booked
  • 17 Long
  • 06 Procter
  • 08 Barnett (Lindfield - 58' )
  • 11 Joyce Booked
  • 14 McIntyre (Craney - 69' )
  • 19 Moult (Burton - 69' )
  • 21 Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 25 Dunbavin
  • 15 Burton
  • 10 Craney
  • 18 Taylor
  • 07 Lindfield
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 4,615

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

7 5

Corners

2 9

Fouls

11 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Haldane on Sean Hessey. Direct free kick taken by Sean Hessey.

90:00 +2:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Murphy by Gareth Owen. Craig Lindfield delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

89:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Hessey on Lewis Haldane. Free kick taken by Doug Loft.

85:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ben Williamson. Sean Hessey restarts play with the free kick.

82:03

Craig Lindfield takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

80:19

Assist by Craig Lindfield.

80:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Murphy - Port Vale 4 - 1 Accrington Peter Murphy finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Port Vale 4-1 Accrington Stanley.

79:25

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Lindfield played to the near post,

79:08 Substitution

Substitution Louis Dodds comes on in place of Gary Roberts.

78:46

Peter Murphy takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Griffith.

77:47

Unfair challenge on Lewis Haldane by Sean Hessey results in a free kick. Doug Loft takes the free kick.

77:11

Unfair challenge on Dean Winnard by Clayton McDonald results in a free kick. Sean Murdoch takes the free kick.

76:41

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts, clearance made by Dean Winnard.

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Tom Pope goes off and Ben Williamson comes on.

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Haldane joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sean Rigg.

73:47

Sean Rigg is caught offside. Free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

73:01

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Lindfield.

72:23

Adam Yates gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Procter. Sean Hessey takes the direct free kick.

72:05

Craig Lindfield is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

71:13

Craig Lindfield decides to take the corner short.

69:50

Tom Pope produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

69:30

Corner taken by Craig Lindfield from the right by-line.

68:36 Substitution

Substitution Louis Moult leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Burton.

68:36 Substitution

Substitution Kevin McIntyre leaves the field to be replaced by Ian Craney.

65:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Long on Tom Pope. Doug Loft delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.

63:01

The ball is crossed by Adam Yates.

62:06

Lee Collins challenges Kevin McIntyre unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Lindfield.

60:52

Wes Fletcher challenges Clayton McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Yates takes the free kick.

60:08

Adam Yates delivers the ball.

59:10

Tom Pope fouled by Sean Hessey, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Roberts restarts play with the free kick.

57:30 Substitution

Substitution Craig Lindfield joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charlie Barnett.

55:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Joyce on Adam Yates. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.

53:46

Unfair challenge on Dean Winnard by Tom Pope results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sean Hessey.

52:31

Corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts to the near post, clearance made by Wes Fletcher.

52:16

Effort on goal by Tom Pope from 20 yards. Save made by Sean Murdoch.

51:20

Shot on goal by Louis Moult from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

47:34

Anthony Griffith produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:56 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:15

Gary Roberts takes a shot. Save by Sean Murdoch.

44:56

Handball by Andrew Procter. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.

43:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Procter on Doug Loft. Gary Roberts takes the free kick.

42:12

Assist on the goal came from Tom Pope.

42:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Rigg - Port Vale 4 - 0 Accrington Sean Rigg scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Port Vale 4-0 Accrington Stanley.

40:52

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Charlie Barnett from the left by-line to the near post.

39:37

Sean Hessey takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

36:47

Adam Yates provided the assist for the goal.

36:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Pope - Port Vale 3 - 0 Accrington Tom Pope finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Port Vale 3-0 Accrington Stanley.

36:40

The ball is delivered by Adam Yates,

34:28

Shot by Wes Fletcher from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

33:58

Foul by Tom Pope on Andrew Procter, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sean Hessey.

32:39

Andrew Procter takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

28:55

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Barnett, clearance by Clayton McDonald.

27:41

Charlie Barnett produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, clearance made by Anthony Griffith.

27:41 Booking

Booking Booking for Clayton McDonald.

27:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Fletcher by Clayton McDonald.

26:50

Unfair challenge on Stuart Tomlinson by Wes Fletcher results in a free kick. Stuart Tomlinson takes the direct free kick.

26:08

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Charlie Barnett from the right by-line.

25:27

Charlie Barnett decides to take a short corner.

25:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McIntyre by Sean Rigg. Dean Winnard takes the direct free kick.

24:11

Foul by Adam Yates on Kevin McIntyre, free kick awarded. Charlie Barnett delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

22:58

The assist for the goal came from Sean Rigg.

22:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Roberts - Port Vale 2 - 0 Accrington Gary Roberts scores direct from the free kick. Port Vale 2-0 Accrington Stanley.

22:07 Booking

Booking Luke Joyce is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

21:55

Unfair challenge on Sean Rigg by Luke Joyce results in a free kick.

21:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Yates by Dean Winnard. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

19:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith by Andrew Procter. Free kick taken by Gareth Owen.

18:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Rigg - Port Vale 1 - 0 Accrington Sean Rigg grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Port Vale 1-0 Accrington Stanley.

17:07

Wes Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Roberts. Doug Loft fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Luke Joyce gets a block in.

16:36

Foul by Kevin Long on Tom Pope, free kick awarded. Doug Loft takes the free kick.

12:50

Foul by Gareth Owen on Wes Fletcher, free kick awarded. Sean Hessey takes the direct free kick.

9:38

Gareth Owen takes the direct free kick.

9:38 Booking

Booking Peter Murphy shown a yellow card.

9:26

Unfair challenge on Doug Loft by Peter Murphy results in a free kick.

7:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Murphy on Doug Loft. Free kick taken by Doug Loft.

4:55

The official flags Tom Pope offside. Sean Hessey restarts play with the free kick.

4:38

Louis Moult takes a shot. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.

1:39

Louis Moult concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Owen. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.

0:41

The referee blows for offside against Sean Rigg. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Winnard.

0:15

Tom Pope fouled by Sean Hessey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Roberts.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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