Port Vale heaped more misery on troubled Plymouth with a simple win.

Vale took the lead when Marc Richards centred for Gary Roberts, who sent a fine 20-yard drive into the Argyle net.

The hosts were handed a lifeline just after the break when Richards was given a straight red for a fracas with home striker Warren Feeney.

The visitors made the points safe after Ladji Soukouna was sent off for fouling Rob Taylor in the area, Roberts slotting home the spot kick.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Plymouth Argyle manager Peter Reid told BBC Radio Devon:

"As a team we looked like a whipped dog out there. We didn't win enough tackles and there was no pace.

"We looked shell shocked to tell you the truth."

Port Vale boss Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke

"It was a deserved win, I'm pleased with the result and the performance - particularly having gone down to 10-men.

"I'm always disappointed when we have a man sent off because I think it puts an extra burden on the team, especially as there was nothing in the game at the time.

"It's never easy coming down here, regardless of any situation that Plymouth find themselves in."

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

3 5

Corners

2 3

Fouls

12 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:19

Gareth Owen concedes a free kick for a foul on Warren Feeney. Free kick taken by Durrell Berry.

90:00 +0:34

Unfair challenge on Robert Taylor by Carl Fletcher results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Anthony Griffith.

90:00 +0:12

Conor Hourihane fouled by Sam Morsy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carl Fletcher.

89:04

Luke Daley takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Yates.

85:24 Substitution

Substitution Ben Williamson comes on in place of Tom Pope.

85:24 Substitution

Substitution Sam Morsy comes on in place of Gary Roberts.

83:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Roberts - Plymouth 0 - 2 Port Vale Gary Roberts scores a placed penalty. Plymouth 0-2 Port Vale.

82:52 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Ladjie Soukouna a red card.

82:28

Unfair challenge on Robert Taylor by Ladjie Soukouna results in a Penalty.

79:10

Free kick taken by Mike Green.

79:10 Substitution

Substitution Tom Hitchcock is brought on as a substitute for Matt Lecointe.

79:10

Will Atkinson challenges Gary Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick.

78:41

Centre by Mike Green, Romain Larrieu makes a save.

71:38

Shot from outside the box by Louis Dodds misses to the left of the goal.

70:06

Centre by Robert Taylor.

70:06 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Little goes off and Louis Dodds comes on.

70:06

Tom Pope fouled by Ladjie Soukouna, the ref awards a free kick.

67:33

Header from deep inside the penalty area by Luke Daley goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

67:02

Andrew Little challenges Robbie Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robbie Williams restarts play with the free kick.

66:23

Andrew Little concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Williams. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robbie Williams, clearance made by Tom Pope.

61:06

Matt Lecointe takes a shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Gary Roberts. Corner taken left-footed by Conor Hourihane, Anthony Griffith makes a clearance.

59:24

John McCombe takes a shot. Save by Romain Larrieu.

59:24 Substitution

Substitution Durrell Berry on for Simon King.

59:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith by Carl Fletcher.

56:52

Conor Hourihane sends in a cross.

56:01

Shot by Mike Green from just outside the area goes over the net.

54:09

The referee blows for offside against Matt Lecointe. Chris Martin takes the indirect free kick.

54:00

Matt Lecointe is caught offside. Free kick taken by Chris Martin.

50:56 Dismissal

Dismissal Marc Richards is shown a red card for violent conduct.

50:30 Booking

Booking Warren Feeney booked for dissent.

49:33

The ball is crossed by Conor Hourihane, clearance made by Mike Green.

48:37

Direct free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.

48:37 Booking

Booking Anthony Griffith is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

48:25

Foul by Anthony Griffith on Luke Daley, free kick awarded.

47:43

Matt Lecointe takes a shot. Save by Chris Martin.

46:06

Robbie Williams takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Yates.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:40

Foul by Tom Pope on Simon King, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Curtis Nelson.

44:56

Shot by Conor Hourihane from a long way out goes over the target.

43:24 Booking

Booking Tom Pope booked for dissent.

42:59

Ladjie Soukouna fouled by Tom Pope, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.

42:40

A cross is delivered by Robbie Williams, clearance by John McCombe.

41:31

Effort from a long way out by Carl Fletcher goes wide right of the goal.

40:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marc Richards. Romain Larrieu restarts play with the free kick.

39:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Yates by Matt Lecointe. Chris Martin takes the free kick.

38:58 Substitution

Substitution Carl Fletcher replaces Simon Walton.

37:04

Foul by Simon Walton on Marc Richards, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Gary Roberts, Gareth Owen takes a shot. Romain Larrieu makes a save.

35:33

Foul by Ladjie Soukouna on Anthony Griffith, free kick awarded. Chris Martin restarts play with the free kick.

32:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Conor Hourihane on Andrew Little. John McCombe takes the direct free kick.

31:24

Luke Daley decides to take the corner short.

30:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ladjie Soukouna by Anthony Griffith. Simon Walton takes the free kick.

29:55

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, clearance made by Will Atkinson.

28:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Warren Feeney by Mike Green. Direct free kick taken by Simon Walton.

28:19

Unfair challenge on Andrew Little by Robbie Williams results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Martin.

25:58

Assist by Marc Richards.

25:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Roberts - Plymouth 0 - 1 Port Vale Gary Roberts finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Plymouth 0-1 Port Vale.

24:50

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary Roberts, Ladjie Soukouna manages to make a clearance.

23:37

Effort on goal by Robert Taylor from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

21:28

John McCombe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Lecointe. Robbie Williams restarts play with the free kick, Robert Taylor takes a shot. Tom Pope gets a block in.

20:37

Gareth Owen produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.

18:18

Warren Feeney is caught offside. Mike Green takes the direct free kick.

17:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Roberts by Matt Lecointe. Adam Yates takes the direct free kick.

16:00

Tom Pope takes a shot. Simon King gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts to the near post, clearance made by Robbie Williams.

15:20

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matt Lecointe. Chris Martin takes the indirect free kick.

14:32

The ball is crossed by Marc Richards.

13:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Griffith on Ladjie Soukouna. Robbie Williams takes the free kick.

12:41 Booking

Booking The referee shows Gary Roberts a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

12:28

Unfair challenge on Ladjie Soukouna by Gary Roberts results in a free kick. Romain Larrieu takes the free kick.

11:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Conor Hourihane on Tom Pope. Gareth Owen takes the direct free kick.

6:34

Gareth Owen challenges Warren Feeney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robbie Williams restarts play with the free kick.

2:47

Andrew Little challenges Will Atkinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robbie Williams.

1:49

Conor Hourihane fouled by Marc Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Robbie Williams takes the direct free kick.

0:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Little on Ladjie Soukouna. Romain Larrieu takes the free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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