Tom Pope scored twice as Port Vale closed the gap on League Two leaders Gillingham to three points.

Pope broke the deadlock just before the break, nodding Jennison Myrie-Williams' cross past Rhys Evans from close range.

Steve Tully went close to levelling for Exeter in the second half when he headed against the crossbar.

But League Two top scorer Pope secured Vale's fifth straight away win when he nodded in Ashley Vincent's 62nd minute cross for his 11th goal of the season.

Vale were handicapped by the loss of skipper Doug Loft, who limped off six minutes into the second half.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"I think they are the most effective team we've played so far and it just shows we're just short at the moment.

"It's a quarter of the season gone now, which is a very good opportunity to assess our performance, and we've not been effective enough at home.

"You look at the games and you assess them. We'll work out our way to improve and that's what we'll do."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Exeter City

  • 24 Evans
  • 02 Tully (Sercombe - 74' )
  • 03 Woodman
  • 05 Baldwin Booked
  • 06 Coles
  • 16 Amankwaah
  • 08 Oakley
  • 11 Davies
  • 14 Doherty (Keohane - 68' Booked )
  • 12 Cureton
  • 19 O'Flynn (Bauza - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 37 Moore-Taylor
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 22 Keohane
  • 23 Dawson
  • 20 Nicholls
  • 21 Bauza

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 05 McCombe
  • 14 McDonald Booked
  • 24 Duffy
  • 03 Taylor
  • 07 Loft (Burge - 51' Booked )
  • 09 Myrie-Williams (Lloyd - 90' )
  • 18 Morsy
  • 08 Dodds
  • 10 Vincent Booked (Shuker - 85' )
  • 11 Pope Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Johnson
  • 02 Yates
  • 17 Davis
  • 15 Shuker
  • 22 Lloyd
  • 23 Burge
  • 19 Williamson
Ref: Lewis
Att: 3,938

Match Stats

Shots

6 7

On target

1 3

Corners

5 7

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:04 Full time

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

90:00 +5:29

The referee blows for offside against Tom Pope. Danny Coles takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +5:12 Booking

Booking Ryan Burge goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:23

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Shuker, Arron Davies makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:11

Tom Pope fouled by Matt Oakley, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Burge shoots direct from the free kick.

90:00 +1:41

Craig Woodman fouled by Ryan Burge, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Woodman.

90:00 +0:21 Substitution

Substitution (Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Ryan Lloyd coming on for Jennison Myrie-Williams.

90:00 +0:21

Short corner taken by Chris Shuker from the right by-line.

87:26

Outswinging corner taken by Liam Sercombe from the right by-line.

86:29

Guillem Bauza takes a shot. Chris Neal makes a save.

84:51 Substitution

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

80:36

Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Sercombe.

80:36 Booking

Booking Clayton McDonald goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

80:29

Clayton McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Cureton.

76:29

Jennison Myrie-Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Woodman. Rhys Evans restarts play with the free kick.

75:11

Corner taken right-footed by Arron Davies.

73:14 Substitution

Substitution Liam Sercombe comes on in place of Steve Tully.

73:14

Guillem Bauza fouled by Clayton McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matt Oakley.

71:35

Ashley Vincent fouled by Kevin Amankwaah, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Morsy.

70:13 Booking

Booking Jimmy Keohane is shown a yellow card.

66:47 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Keohane on for Tommy Doherty.

66:47 Substitution

Substitution Guillem Bauza comes on in place of John O'Flynn.

66:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams by Matt Oakley. Indirect free kick taken by John McCombe.

65:53

The offside flag is raised against Steve Tully. Free kick taken by Chris Neal.

64:57

Sam Morsy takes a shot. Rhys Evans gets a block in.

61:30

The assist for the goal came from Ashley Vincent.

61:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Pope - Exeter 0 - 2 Port Vale Tom Pope finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Exeter 0-2 Port Vale.

60:07

Steve Tully takes a shot.

58:44

Header from close in by Ryan Burge misses to the left of the goal.

58:01

Shot by Jamie Cureton from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

55:07

Kevin Amankwaah fouled by Ashley Vincent, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Amankwaah takes the free kick.

53:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Oakley by Sam Morsy. Craig Woodman takes the indirect free kick.

50:42 Substitution

Substitution Doug Loft goes off and Ryan Burge comes on.

49:12

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Morsy from the right by-line, clearance made by Kevin Amankwaah.

48:40

Jamie Cureton concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Morsy. Direct free kick taken by Sam Morsy.

48:17

Jamie Cureton challenges Sam Morsy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Morsy restarts play with the free kick.

46:40

Foul by Tommy Doherty on Sam Morsy, free kick awarded. Clayton McDonald takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:43 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:41

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ashley Vincent. Rhys Evans takes the indirect free kick.

45:00 +1:12

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Morsy, clearance made by Pat Baldwin.

45:00 +0:14 Booking

Booking Ashley Vincent shown a yellow card.

43:49

Unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams by Arron Davies results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John McCombe.

43:10

Corner taken right-footed by Arron Davies, save by Chris Neal.

42:18

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Arron Davies, Clayton McDonald makes a clearance.

39:34

Assist by Jennison Myrie-Williams.

39:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Pope - Exeter 0 - 1 Port Vale Tom Pope scores a headed goal from close in. Exeter 0-1 Port Vale.

34:50

Shot from just outside the box by John O'Flynn misses to the right of the target.

32:57

The offside flag is raised against Jamie Cureton. Clayton McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

31:23

John O'Flynn takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Neal.

28:00

Sam Morsy challenges John O'Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Craig Woodman from the free kick.

27:03

Sam Morsy takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Amankwaah.

26:34

Sam Morsy takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Kevin Amankwaah.

24:49

The offside flag is raised against Ashley Vincent. Free kick taken by Rhys Evans.

22:48

Inswinging corner taken by Sam Morsy from the left by-line, Arron Davies makes a clearance.

22:18

Tommy Doherty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Pope. Robert Taylor takes the indirect free kick.

21:11

Jennison Myrie-Williams produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

19:33

Tommy Doherty challenges Louis Dodds unfairly and gives away a free kick. John McCombe restarts play with the free kick.

19:09

Ashley Vincent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Amankwaah. Pat Baldwin restarts play with the free kick.

17:16

Craig Woodman takes the direct free kick.

17:16 Booking

Booking The referee shows Tom Pope a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

17:05

Tom Pope challenges Kevin Amankwaah unfairly and gives away a free kick.

15:45

Steve Tully is adjudged to have handled the ball. Chris Neal takes the indirect free kick.

13:22 Booking

Booking The referee shows Pat Baldwin a yellow card.

13:05

Unfair challenge on Louis Dodds by Pat Baldwin results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Morsy.

11:07

Sam Morsy challenges Jamie Cureton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Coles.

9:45

Tommy Doherty fouled by Ashley Vincent, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Woodman takes the direct free kick.

9:11

Clayton McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John O'Flynn. Pat Baldwin takes the direct free kick.

7:04

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Arron Davies from the right by-line, Clayton McDonald manages to make a clearance.

4:20

Louis Dodds has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

3:16

Tommy Doherty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Dodds. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Taylor.

0:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tommy Doherty on Tom Pope. Direct free kick taken by Sam Morsy.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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