Lee Hughes's brace on his home debut helped Port Vale ease past 10-man Accrington Stanley at Vale Park and return to the top of League Two.

The visitors were a man down after just four minutes when Charlie Barnett saw red for a tackle on Daniel Jones.

Vale capitalised when Hughes volleyed home Ryan Burge's ball superbly, before another home debutant Darren Purse turned home a Burge free-kick.

Hughes then wrapped up the three points by coolly finishing when put through.

Stanley came within inches of scoring with the scores level at 0-0, but Peter Murphy's shot was cleared off the line by Vale skipper Doug Loft.

The win means Vale leapfrog Gillingham, who play on Monday, at the top of the table, while Accrington remain in 20th, two points above the relegation zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Accrington manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"To go down to 10 men after three or four minutes at a place like this is always going to be tough.

"In the first half, we coped with it quite well and looked quite comfortable.

"If people put that much effort in, as individuals and as a unit, you haven't got a problem. The red card has affected everything we've done through the week.

"With 11 men on the pitch, I really fancied us to come here and get something."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 06 Purse
  • 24 Duffy Booked
  • 25 Chilvers
  • 36 Jones
  • 07 Loft
  • 09 Myrie-Williams (Andrew - 79' )
  • 10 Vincent
  • 23 Burge (Shuker - 75' )
  • 11 Pope
  • 29 Hughes (Williamson - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Johnson
  • 02 Yates
  • 15 Shuker
  • 18 Morsy
  • 26 Birchall
  • 16 Andrew
  • 19 Williamson

Accrington Stanley

  • 01 Rachubka
  • 02 Murphy
  • 03 Liddle Booked (Carver - 59' )
  • 05 Hughes
  • 06 Winnard Booked
  • 04 Joyce
  • 08 Barnett Dismissed
  • 12 Miller
  • 34 Wilson
  • 21 Beattie (Molyneux - 70' )
  • 33 Boco

Substitutes

  • 24 Molyneux
  • 26 Aldred
  • 14 Clark
  • 15 Dixon
  • 22 Dawber
  • 17 Gray
  • 19 Carver
Ref: Andy Davies
Att: 5,172

Match Stats

Shots

12 4

On target

9 3

Corners

4 2

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Jones by Luke Joyce. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Shuker, clearance by George Miller.

90:00 +1:25

Effort on goal by Tom Pope from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

90:00 +0:17

George Miller takes a shot. Save by Chris Neal.

83:12

Shot on goal by Ben Williamson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

80:29

Chris Shuker produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.

78:53 Substitution

Substitution Calvin Andrew is brought on as a substitute for Jennison Myrie-Williams.

74:39 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Burge goes off and Chris Shuker comes on.

71:49

Doug Loft takes the direct free kick.

71:49 Booking

Booking Dean Winnard is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

71:26

Dean Winnard challenges Tom Pope unfairly and gives away a free kick.

70:37

Ben Williamson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Hughes. Direct free kick taken by Mark Hughes.

69:50 Substitution

Substitution Ben Williamson is brought on as a substitute for Lee Hughes.

69:28 Substitution

Substitution Lee Molyneux replaces James Beattie.

67:32 Booking

Booking The referee shows Richard Duffy a yellow card.

67:25

Laurence Wilson fouled by Richard Duffy, the ref awards a free kick. Laurence Wilson takes the free kick.

65:38

Richard Duffy provided the assist for the goal.

65:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Hughes - Port Vale 3 - 0 Accrington Lee Hughes finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Port Vale 3-0 Accrington Stanley.

63:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Laurence Wilson on Jennison Myrie-Williams. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jennison Myrie-Williams from right wing, Laurence Wilson makes a clearance.

62:15

The ball is crossed by Daniel Jones, Lee Hughes takes a shot. Paul Rachubka makes a comfortable save.

60:25

Corner taken by Ryan Burge from the right by-line.

59:30

Mark Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Hughes. Ryan Burge crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by James Beattie.

58:14 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Carver is brought on as a substitute for Michael Liddle.

55:47

Laurence Wilson takes a shot. Save by Chris Neal.

53:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Darren Purse - Port Vale 2 - 0 Accrington Darren Purse grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Port Vale 2-0 Accrington Stanley.

52:57

Doug Loft takes a shot. Save by Paul Rachubka.

51:57

Unfair challenge on Ashley Vincent by Michael Liddle results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Burge.

49:43

Assist by Ryan Burge.

49:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Hughes - Port Vale 1 - 0 Accrington Lee Hughes finds the net with a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Port Vale 1-0 Accrington Stanley.

48:52

The ball is swung over by Ryan Burge,

48:52 Booking

Booking Michael Liddle goes into the referee's book.

48:27

Unfair challenge on Ashley Vincent by Michael Liddle results in a free kick.

47:39

The referee blows for offside against Tom Pope. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

47:11

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Burge from the right by-line to the near post, Paul Rachubka makes a clearance.

46:55

Daniel Jones takes a shot. Save by Paul Rachubka.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:41 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:35

Laurence Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jennison Myrie-Williams. Ryan Burge crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Romuald Boco.

44:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Romuald Boco by Daniel Jones. Free kick crossed right-footed by Laurence Wilson from right wing.

43:56

Lee Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Rachubka. Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.

43:36

Tom Pope takes a shot. Save by Paul Rachubka.

42:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Beattie by Daniel Jones. Direct free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

39:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Beattie by Darren Purse. Free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

37:56

Corner taken by Ryan Burge, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Hughes by Tom Pope. Free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

36:21

Lee Hughes challenges Mark Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

33:17

Unfair challenge on Lee Hughes by Luke Joyce results in a free kick. Darren Purse restarts play with the free kick.

32:01

Foul by Mark Hughes on Tom Pope, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Darren Purse.

30:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams on Michael Liddle. Dean Winnard restarts play with the free kick.

27:38

Lee Hughes takes a shot. Paul Rachubka makes a fantastic save.

26:36

Corner from right by-line taken by Laurence Wilson.

25:02

The referee blows for offside against Tom Pope. Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.

22:31

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Laurence Wilson, Mark Hughes takes a shot. Save made by Chris Neal.

20:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Burge on Luke Joyce. Free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

19:33

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Hughes. Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.

18:21

Tom Pope is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Rachubka takes the indirect free kick.

16:59

Daniel Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Beattie. Peter Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

16:35

Jennison Myrie-Williams is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.

15:59

Corner from left by-line taken by Daniel Jones.

13:39

James Beattie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Purse. Free kick taken by Chris Neal.

12:33

Jennison Myrie-Williams produces a cross, save by Paul Rachubka.

10:53

Liam Chilvers challenges James Beattie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Winnard restarts play with the free kick.

9:01

Effort on goal by Mark Hughes from just inside the area clears the bar.

8:24

Ryan Burge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Miller. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Laurence Wilson from right channel, save made by Chris Neal.

7:23

Tom Pope is caught offside. Free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

6:34

Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save by Paul Rachubka.

6:09

Ryan Burge fouled by Luke Joyce, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Purse.

4:34 Dismissal

Dismissal Charlie Barnett is sent off.

3:50

Daniel Jones fouled by Charlie Barnett, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Vincent takes the direct free kick.

2:02

Tom Pope is caught offside. Free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

1:03

George Miller is adjudged to have handled the ball. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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