Tom Pope and Louis Dodds both scored twice as Port Vale stunned Fleetwood at Highbury Stadium.

Pope netted from close range before Ashley Vincent doubled the lead with a low shot from the edge of the area.

Junior Brown's header pulled Fleetwood back into the game, but Pope grabbed his eighth of the season after the home side failed to deal with a free-kick.

Dodds fired Vale's fourth and curled home his second, before Fleetwood's Steven Gillespie scored from the spot.

There were early signs of the entertainment in store at Highbury when Fleetwood almost took the lead through a Lee Fowler shot which was turned behind by Chris Neal.

Vale responded immediately, as Jennison Myrie-Williams unleashed a drive which drew a fine save from Scott Davies.

But they did not have to wait long for the opener, as Myrie-Williams chased down a ball that appeared to be going out before turning it back to the edge of the six-yard box where Pope arrived to slot it in.

Vincent's well-placed effort appeared to put Vale in control, before Brown's header sent Fleetwood in at half-time harbouring hopes of a fightback.

But that never materialised as Pope pounced for his second and Dodds grabbed a quickfire double - his second a wonderful curling effort.

Clayton McDonald's clumsy challenge gifted Fleetwood a second from the spot but it was scant consolation as Vale leapfrogged them into second place.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Fleetwood Town

  • 01 Davies
  • 02 Beeley
  • 03 Howell
  • 05 McNulty
  • 12 Brown
  • 33 Eastham
  • 10 Fowler (Marrow - 79' )
  • 18 McGuire
  • 20 Johnson (Barkh'zen - 62' )
  • 09 Parkin (Gillespie - 76' )
  • 14 Mangan Booked

Substitutes

  • 16 Maxwell
  • 13 Goodall
  • 11 Nicholson
  • 27 Marrow
  • 19 Gillespie
  • 26 Ball
  • 32 Barkh'zen

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 05 McCombe
  • 14 McDonald Booked
  • 24 Duffy
  • 07 Loft
  • 09 Myrie-Williams (Williamson - 74' )
  • 15 Shuker Booked
  • 18 Morsy (Burge - 69' )
  • 08 Dodds
  • 10 Vincent (Taylor - 74' )
  • 11 Pope

Substitutes

  • 12 Johnson
  • 02 Yates
  • 06 Owen
  • 03 Taylor
  • 22 Lloyd
  • 23 Burge
  • 19 Williamson
Ref: Miller
Att: 3,392

Match Stats

Shots

18 14

On target

11 9

Corners

5 4

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:30

Tom Pope has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

90:00 +2:37

The ball is delivered by Alex Marrow, Jamie McGuire takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

90:00 +2:02

The official flags Dean Howell offside. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:55

Unfair challenge on Ryan Burge by Alex Marrow results in a free kick. Doug Loft takes the direct free kick.

88:37

Alex Marrow produces a cross, clearance by Louis Dodds.

87:31

Junior Brown takes a shot. Save by Chris Neal.

86:05

Tom Pope concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve McNulty. Steve McNulty takes the free kick.

83:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Gillespie - Fleetwood 2 - 5 Port Vale Steven Gillespie scores a placed penalty. Fleetwood Town 2-5 Port Vale.

82:44

The ball is swung over by Tom Barkhuizen, Foul by Clayton McDonald on Steven Gillespie, Penalty awarded.

81:35

Louis Dodds takes a shot. Scott Davies makes a save.

80:25

The ball is crossed by Ben Williamson.

79:46

The referee blows for offside against Junior Brown. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

78:59 Substitution

Substitution Alex Marrow comes on in place of Lee Fowler.

77:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Louis Dodds - Fleetwood 1 - 5 Port Vale Goal scored by Louis Dodds from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Fleetwood Town 1-5 Port Vale.

74:59

Doug Loft takes the free kick.

74:59 Substitution

Substitution Steven Gillespie is brought on as a substitute for Jon Parkin.

74:59

Jon Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Doug Loft.

72:54

John McCombe takes the direct free kick.

72:54 Substitution

Substitution Ben Williamson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jennison Myrie-Williams.

72:54 Substitution

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

72:54

Jon Parkin challenges Ryan Burge unfairly and gives away a free kick.

72:11

Andy Mangan is caught offside. Chris Neal takes the indirect free kick.

68:52 Substitution

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

66:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Louis Dodds - Fleetwood 1 - 4 Port Vale Louis Dodds scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fleetwood Town 1-4 Port Vale.

65:41

Andy Mangan takes the direct free kick.

65:41 Booking

Booking Clayton McDonald goes into the book.

64:55

Junior Brown takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Vincent. Shaun Beeley takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Vincent. Foul by Clayton McDonald on Shaun Beeley, free kick awarded.

64:26

Andy Mangan takes a shot. Chris Neal makes a save. Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Mangan, clearance by Clayton McDonald.

61:52

Handball decision goes against Jon Parkin. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

60:56 Substitution

Substitution Tom Barkhuizen comes on in place of Damien Johnson.

60:56

Shot from just outside the area by Damien Johnson misses to the left of the target.

59:28

Chris Shuker provided the assist for the goal.

59:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Pope - Fleetwood 1 - 3 Port Vale Tom Pope grabs a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Fleetwood Town 1-3 Port Vale.

58:40

Foul by Steve McNulty on Tom Pope, free kick awarded. Chris Shuker crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Scott Davies.

57:59

A cross is delivered by Richard Duffy.

56:35

Centre by Andy Mangan, clearance made by John McCombe. The ball is crossed by Andy Mangan, Junior Brown produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

56:08

Jon Parkin concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Shuker. Direct free kick taken by John McCombe.

55:15

Louis Dodds takes a shot. Save by Scott Davies. Doug Loft sends in a cross, save by Scott Davies.

53:58

The ball is delivered by Louis Dodds, clearance made by Shaun Beeley.

53:27

Effort from outside the penalty box by Shaun Beeley goes wide right of the goal.

49:59

Andy Mangan sends in a cross.

49:22

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Davies.

48:41

Tom Pope takes a shot. Blocked by Steve McNulty. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Shuker from the right by-line, Steve McNulty manages to make a clearance.

47:39

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sam Morsy, Foul by Tom Pope on Jamie McGuire, free kick awarded. Scott Davies restarts play with the free kick.

47:39 Booking

Booking Chris Shuker goes into the book.

47:01

The ball is swung over by Andy Mangan, Chris Neal makes a save.

45:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Johnson by Sam Morsy. Dean Howell restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Fowler on Louis Dodds. Chris Neal takes the free kick.

42:08

Junior Brown produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

41:44

Lee Fowler produces a cross, clearance by John McCombe.

40:43

Unfair challenge on Jon Parkin by John McCombe results in a free kick. Andy Mangan takes the free kick.

40:11

The ball is delivered by Jennison Myrie-Williams, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Louis Dodds misses to the left of the goal.

38:50

The assist for the goal came from Andy Mangan.

38:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Junior Brown - Fleetwood 1 - 2 Port Vale Junior Brown finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Fleetwood Town 1-2 Port Vale.

38:27

Junior Brown delivers the ball, clearance made by Ashley Vincent.

38:10

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Steve McNulty.

35:38

The ball is sent over by Dean Howell.

34:09

Tom Pope challenges Lee Fowler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Fowler takes the free kick.

33:11

The assist for the goal came from Chris Shuker.

33:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Ashley Vincent - Fleetwood 0 - 2 Port Vale Ashley Vincent grabs a goal from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fleetwood Town 0-2 Port Vale.

32:10

Shaun Beeley takes a shot from 20 yards. Chris Neal makes a save.

31:50

The ball is sent over by Dean Howell, blocked by Jennison Myrie-Williams.

29:48

The ball is sent over by Shaun Beeley, Andy Mangan takes a shot.

28:23

Assist by Jennison Myrie-Williams.

28:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Pope - Fleetwood 0 - 1 Port Vale A goal is scored by Tom Pope from close in low into the middle of the goal. Fleetwood Town 0-1 Port Vale.

26:45

The ball is sent over by Shaun Beeley, blocked by Richard Duffy. Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Eastham on Tom Pope. Free kick taken by Chris Neal.

25:19

The ball is swung over by Shaun Beeley, Chris Neal makes a save.

24:41

Andy Mangan takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Duffy. Jon Parkin takes a shot. Clayton McDonald gets a block in.

23:32

Handball by Sam Morsy. Free kick taken by Scott Davies.

21:35

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Mangan from the left by-line, save made by Chris Neal.

20:12

Louis Dodds delivers the ball, blocked by Dean Howell. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Shuker from the right by-line, Clayton McDonald has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

19:52

The ball is delivered by Chris Shuker, save made by Shaun Beeley.

18:47

The ball is swung over by Doug Loft.

17:18

The ball is swung over by Shaun Beeley, blocked by Chris Shuker. Outswinging corner taken by Andy Mangan, Sam Morsy makes a clearance.

17:02

A cross is delivered by Shaun Beeley.

16:36

Dean Howell delivers the ball.

15:29

Chris Neal takes the direct free kick.

15:29 Booking

Booking Andy Mangan receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

15:11

Foul by Andy Mangan on Doug Loft, free kick awarded.

14:19

Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a shot. Brilliant save by Scott Davies. Corner taken by Chris Shuker.

13:38

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jon Parkin. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

13:14

The assistant referee flags for offside against Louis Dodds. Scott Davies takes the indirect free kick.

12:22

Ashley Vincent takes a shot. Save by Scott Davies.

11:40

Andy Mangan takes a shot. Save by Chris Neal.

10:54

Shot by Lee Fowler. Save by Chris Neal. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Mangan, Jamie McGuire takes a shot. Clearance by John McCombe.

9:56

Jon Parkin takes a shot. John McCombe gets a block in.

7:58

Ashley Vincent produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

5:47

Sam Morsy concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Johnson. Free kick taken by Steve McNulty.

4:37

Centre by Shaun Beeley, Doug Loft gets a block in.

3:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie McGuire on Chris Shuker. Chris Neal takes the direct free kick.

2:23

Foul by Andy Mangan on Ashley Vincent, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Chris Neal.

0:27

The referee gives a free kick against Junior Brown for handball. Chris Neal takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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