Tom Pope scored against his old club as Port Vale beat Rotherham to move within two points of leaders Gillingham.

After a relatively lacklustre first half, Vale went ahead when Ryan Burge's ball fell to Louis Dodds to slot home.

Vale then doubled the lead when League Two top scorer Tom Pope broke through to clip his 21st goal of the season.

Millers substitute Kieran Agard struck to set up a nervy finish but Vale held on to take advantage of Gillingham's defeat at home to lowly Barnet.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rotherham assistant manager Paul Raynor told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Obviously I'm disappointed with the scoreline. Port Vale came with a game plan to hit us on the break and caused us problems doing that.

"They've had two opportunities and punished us, aside from that we didn't do enough in possession.

"We did have some possession but we failed to create any opportunities.

"We tried different changes and substitutions but it just didn't happen on the day. We just didn't have that spark."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Rotherham

  • 21 Warrington
  • 06 Mullins
  • 34 O'Connell
  • 04 Arnason
  • 08 Taylor
  • 10 O'Connor Booked (Agard - 42' )
  • 14 Bradley
  • 15 Pringle (Cameron - 65' )
  • 27 Frecklington
  • 09 Revell Booked
  • 17 Nardiello (Odejayi - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Shearer
  • 05 Sharps
  • 33 Ridehalgh
  • 31 Cameron
  • 32 Walker
  • 16 Odejayi
  • 22 Agard

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Yates
  • 05 McCombe
  • 24 Duffy Booked
  • 25 Chilvers
  • 07 Loft Booked
  • 09 Myrie-Williams (Taylor - 87' )
  • 18 Morsy
  • 23 Burge
  • 08 Dodds Booked (Andrew - 78' )
  • 11 Pope Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Johnson
  • 14 McDonald
  • 03 Taylor
  • 15 Shuker
  • 21 James
  • 16 Andrew
  • 19 Williamson
Ref: Kettle
Att: 10,502

Match Stats

Shots

14 5

On target

2 4

Corners

8 3

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:14 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:02

A cross is delivered by Courtney Cameron, save made by Chris Neal.

90:00 +3:38

Inswinging corner taken by Courtney Cameron from the right by-line, Tom Pope manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack O'Connell on Robert Taylor. Free kick taken by Chris Neal.

90:00 +1:08 Booking

Booking Alex Revell shown a yellow card.

89:11

Kari Arnason takes a shot from 35 yards clearing the crossbar.

86:31 Substitution

Substitution Robert Taylor on for Jennison Myrie-Williams.

85:20

Jason Taylor takes the direct free kick.

85:20 Booking

Booking Richard Duffy goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

85:04

Foul by Richard Duffy on Courtney Cameron, free kick awarded.

82:34

The assist for the goal came from Kayode Odejayi.

82:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Kieran Agard - Rotherham 1 - 2 Port Vale Kieran Agard fires in a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Rotherham 1-2 Port Vale.

81:35

Kayode Odejayi has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

78:40

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Courtney Cameron.

77:50 Substitution

Substitution Calvin Andrew replaces Louis Dodds.

76:36

Corner taken by Courtney Cameron, Header by Johnny Mullins from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

76:12

Corner from the right by-line taken by Courtney Cameron, clearance by John McCombe.

71:56

Foul by Adam Yates on Kieran Agard, free kick awarded. Mark Bradley restarts play with the free kick.

70:31 Substitution

Substitution Kayode Odejayi is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Nardiello.

67:17

Richard Duffy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Courtney Cameron. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Courtney Cameron from left channel.

64:06 Substitution

Substitution Courtney Cameron replaces Ben Pringle.

62:51

Assist on the goal came from Adam Yates.

62:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Pope - Rotherham 0 - 2 Port Vale Tom Pope fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rotherham 0-2 Port Vale.

62:35

Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a shot. Andy Warrington makes a save.

62:05

Handball by Johnny Mullins. Ryan Burge takes the direct free kick.

61:37

Ben Pringle produces a curled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Chris Neal makes a save.

59:37

Tom Pope challenges Kari Arnason unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Warrington takes the free kick.

57:56

Andy Warrington takes the free kick.

57:56 Booking

Booking Tom Pope booked for unsporting behaviour.

57:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Taylor by Tom Pope.

55:16

Tom Pope provided the assist for the goal.

55:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Louis Dodds - Rotherham 0 - 1 Port Vale Louis Dodds finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rotherham 0-1 Port Vale.

53:21

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. John McCombe gets a block in.

52:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack O'Connell by Jennison Myrie-Williams. Jack O'Connell takes the free kick.

51:14

Header by Daniel Nardiello from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

47:15

Ryan Burge challenges Alex Revell unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ben Pringle, Louis Dodds manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:51

Corner taken by Ryan Burge, Lee Frecklington makes a clearance.

41:29 Substitution

Substitution Kieran Agard replaces Michael O'Connor.

40:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Taylor on Ryan Burge. Direct free kick taken by Liam Chilvers.

39:04

Unfair challenge on Jason Taylor by Tom Pope results in a free kick. Andy Warrington takes the direct free kick.

38:26 Booking

Booking Booking for Louis Dodds.

38:10

Headed effort on goal by Daniel Nardiello from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

36:34

Michael O'Connor produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

35:44

Corner taken by Ryan Burge from the left by-line, Andy Warrington makes a save.

35:01

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Burge, Tom Pope takes a shot. Save by Andy Warrington.

34:14

Foul by Michael O'Connor on Doug Loft, free kick awarded. Liam Chilvers takes the direct free kick.

33:10

Andy Warrington restarts play with the free kick.

33:10 Booking

Booking Doug Loft is cautioned.

32:58

Unfair challenge on Jack O'Connell by Doug Loft results in a free kick.

31:44

Foul by Ryan Burge on Alex Revell, free kick awarded. Andy Warrington takes the free kick.

29:53

Liam Chilvers concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Revell. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Michael O'Connor, clearance made by Adam Yates.

28:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Mullins on Doug Loft. Direct free kick taken by Sam Morsy.

24:24

Corner taken by Ben Pringle played to the near post, Header on goal by Michael O'Connor from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

24:04

Lee Frecklington decides to take a short corner.

23:32

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor from the left by-line, Liam Chilvers manages to make a clearance.

23:13

A cross is delivered by Mark Bradley, clearance made by Richard Duffy.

22:30

Chris Neal takes the direct free kick.

22:30 Booking

Booking Michael O'Connor is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

22:07

Unfair challenge on Sam Morsy by Michael O'Connor results in a free kick.

20:34

Shot from inside the area by Mark Bradley clears the bar.

19:52

John McCombe challenges Alex Revell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael O'Connor.

19:06

The referee blows for offside. Andy Warrington takes the free kick.

18:12

Corner taken by Ben Pringle from the right by-line, comfortable save by Chris Neal.

17:39

Daniel Nardiello produces a cross, clearance by Doug Loft.

17:02

Kari Arnason sends in a cross.

13:53

John McCombe fouled by Daniel Nardiello, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Neal takes the direct free kick.

13:36

Shot by Alex Revell from 25 yards. Blocked by Liam Chilvers.

11:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams by Mark Bradley. Free kick crossed by Sam Morsy, Kari Arnason makes a clearance.

10:46

The official flags Ben Pringle offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Neal.

8:33

Alex Revell produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

7:51

Shot on goal by Jennison Myrie-Williams from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

1:22

Daniel Nardiello produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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