Port Vale sealed a comfortable opening-day victory over disappointing Barnet.

Louis Dodds volleyed Vale ahead in the eighth minute before former Stevenage winger Jennison Myrie-Williams stroked home a 20th minute penalty, awarded when Tom Pope was fouled by Jon Nurse.

The Bees failed to trouble Vale keeper Chris Neal, with Nurse going the closest when he fired a first-half effort into the side-netting.

And Pope sealed it when he side-footed into the far corner of the net for 3-0.

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Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We're pleased with the three points, because that's all it is. I am delighted with some of the play today and disappinted with some also, but all in all I've got to be happy.

"I think it's important that you set the tempo of the game and we did that early on. To go 2-0 up within 25 minutes was well deserved.

"Louis (Dodds) has the ability, we've all seen that. I think the problem we've had with Louis is trying to find him a position that suits him the best.

"I thought he did well against Burnley. He deserves his chance and has the ability to score goals."

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Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 05 McCombe
  • 14 McDonald
  • 24 Duffy (Yates - 67' )
  • 07 Loft
  • 09 Myrie-Williams
  • 15 Shuker (Burge - 79' )
  • 18 Morsy
  • 08 Dodds
  • 10 Vincent (Williamson - 73' )
  • 11 Pope

Substitutes

  • 12 Johnson
  • 02 Yates
  • 17 Davis
  • 04 Murphy
  • 22 Lloyd
  • 23 Burge
  • 19 Williamson

Barnet

  • 01 O'Brien
  • 03 Brown (Saville - 87' )
  • 04 Kamdjo
  • 05 Fortune
  • 07 Lee
  • 14 Abdulla (Weston - 57' )
  • 15 Yiadom
  • 16 Warren
  • 17 Edgar
  • 10 Nurse
  • 11 Holmes (Byrne - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 18 Cowler
  • 02 Fuller
  • 06 Saville
  • 08 Byrne
  • 12 Ganbin
  • 20 Weston
  • 19 Hyde
Ref: Duncan
Att: 4,608

Match Stats

Shots

3 0

On target

1 0

Corners

5 5

Fouls

6 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:06

Olly Lee restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:03 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

86:42

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Olly Lee, save made by Chris Neal.

86:42 Substitution

Substitution Jack Saville joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordan Brown.

85:14

Sam Morsy challenges Curtis Weston unfairly and gives away a free kick. Olly Lee delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Clayton McDonald makes a clearance.

81:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Nurse by John McCombe. Olly Lee takes the direct free kick, The ball is swung over by Doug Loft. Curtis Weston challenges Louis Dodds unfairly and gives away a free kick.

80:16 Substitution

Substitution Mark Byrne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ricky Holmes.

78:01

Clearance made by Olly Lee.

78:01 Substitution

Substitution (Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Ryan Burge coming on for Chris Shuker.

78:01

Chris Shuker takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post,

74:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Pope - Port Vale 3 - 0 Barnet Tom Pope scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Port Vale 3-0 Barnet.

71:45 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Vincent goes off and Ben Williamson comes on.

71:45

Olly Lee takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John McCombe by Curtis Weston. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

65:03 Substitution

Substitution Adam Yates is brought on as a substitute for Richard Duffy.

65:03

Unfair challenge on Anthony Edgar by Chris Shuker results in a free kick. Anthony Edgar restarts play with the free kick.

59:47

Unfair challenge on Anthony Edgar by Sam Morsy results in a free kick. Anthony Edgar restarts play with the free kick.

56:20 Substitution

Substitution Curtis Weston comes on in place of Ahmed Abdulla.

53:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Pope by Clovis Kamdjo. Chris Shuker takes the direct free kick.

52:37

The official flags Jonathan Nurse offside. Free kick taken by Chris Neal.

49:28

Jonathan Fortune challenges Tom Pope unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Morsy takes the free kick. Corner taken by Ashley Vincent from the left by-line, clearance by Clovis Kamdjo.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:49 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:35

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Shuker, clearance by Anthony Edgar.

37:29

Ahmed Abdulla fouled by Sam Morsy, the ref awards a free kick. Olly Lee takes the direct free kick.

36:12

Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Shuker, Liam O'Brien makes a save.

31:42

Ricky Holmes takes the inswinging corner, Chris Neal makes a clearance.

28:12

Shot from 6 yards by Tom Pope. Liam O'Brien makes a clearance.

24:59

Corner taken right-footed by Olly Lee from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Chris Neal.

23:39

The official flags Liam O'Brien offside. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

19:22

The assist for the goal came from Tom Pope.

19:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Jennison Myrie-Williams - Port Vale 2 - 0 Barnet Power penalty scored by Jennison Myrie-Williams. Port Vale 2-0 Barnet.

18:54

Tom Pope fouled by Jonathan Nurse, the ref awards a Penalty.

17:08

Corner taken by Chris Shuker.

15:05

The referee blows for offside. Ashley Vincent takes the free kick.

13:13

Olly Lee is ruled offside. Clayton McDonald takes the direct free kick.

7:24

Assist by Chris Shuker. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ricky Holmes, clearance made by John McCombe.

7:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Louis Dodds - Port Vale 1 - 0 Barnet Louis Dodds scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Port Vale 1-0 Barnet.

5:26

Sam Morsy takes a shot. Blocked by Liam O'Brien.

3:12

Unfair challenge on Ricky Holmes by Chris Shuker results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ricky Holmes.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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