Chris Birchall scored the winner against his old club as Port Vale twice came from behind to beat Coventry City.

Callum Wilson poked home his ninth of the season to put the Sky Blues ahead, before Tom Pope equalised with a header from Chris Lines' free-kick.

Coventry old boy Adams

  • Micky Adams scored nine goals in 90 appearances for Coventry City in their top- flight days between 1983 and 1987. He then returned to spend two years as manager from January 2005 to January 2007, achieving 33 wins from his 99 games in charge

The visitors were 2-1 ahead at the break through Franck Moussa's sublime strike into the top corner.

But Doug Loft smashed in to level, and Birchall followed up Ben Williamson's initial shot to give Vale victory.

In the two sides' first meeting since 1964, Vale were the better of the two sides in the second half and, with the score at 2-2, came close when Loft's effort from Williamson's delivery was well saved by Joe Murphy.

Half-time substitute Williamson then rounded Murphy but his tame effort was cleared off the line, before winger Birchall fired home to earn all three points from a thrilling encounter.

Vale's third win in four matches ended Coventry's unbeaten six-game runs, while

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Port Vale boss Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

"The game unfolded as I thought it would. The front two of Clarke and Wilson are a real handful and I felt we didn't deal with them well enough in the first half.

"Second half, we got closer to them and stopped them from playing, squeezed up the pitch some more - it was like a practice match first half but, in the second half, we got a real response. We put them under pressure and got some decent set-pieces into the box.

"Their strengths are their attacking players and I feel they present chances to you even if they're winning. We were going to get chances in the second half, and luckily we got two."

Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"We were very compact in the first half, and the complete opposite in the second half. That was extremely disappointing. We were shooting towards our supporters in the second half, so it was a great opportunity to win again on the road.

"All in all over the course of the past two months it's been a terrific effort and we've gone six matches unbeaten, but I'm always one who wants more and so I'm disappointed here.

"We've made huge strides and we have to now focus on improving and if we do that we can have a good season. Setbacks are sometimes good things in general because they're a stark reminder that we're far from being a finished article."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Yates
  • 04 Robertson
  • 05 Dickinson
  • 06 Chilvers
  • 07 Loft
  • 09 Myrie-Williams (Birchall - 46' Booked )
  • 18 Lines
  • 21 Griffith
  • 08 Dodds (Williamson - 46' )
  • 11 Pope

Substitutes

  • 12 Johnson
  • 17 Davis
  • 24 Duffy
  • 15 Shuker
  • 26 Birchall
  • 19 Williamson
  • 23 Mohamed

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Christie
  • 03 Adams Booked
  • 04 Webster
  • 24 Clarke
  • 06 Thomas (Manset - 83' )
  • 07 Fleck
  • 08 Baker
  • 14 Moussa
  • 09 Clarke
  • 20 Wilson

Substitutes

  • 13 Burge
  • 16 Barton
  • 19 Willis
  • 31 Haynes
  • 30 Garner
  • 10 Manset
  • 33 Maund
Ref: Naylor
Att: 9,218

Match Stats

Shots

17 14

On target

8 2

Corners

6 8

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:17 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:58

Ben Williamson takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.

88:19

The ball is crossed by Blair Adams.

87:53

Blair Adams crosses the ball.

87:06

Corner taken by Chris Lines.

86:38

Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Lines.

84:56

Andy Webster takes the free kick.

84:38

Tom Pope is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

84:19

Joe Murphy makes a clearance.

84:16

Anthony Griffith delivers the ball.

84:09

Corner taken by Chris Lines from the left by-line.

82:44 Substitution

Substitution Conor Thomas goes off and Mathieu Manset comes on.

82:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Birchall - Port Vale 3 - 2 Coventry Chris Birchall scores with a right foot finish. Port Vale 3-2 Coventry.

81:53

Tom Pope takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

79:19

Corner taken by Carl Baker from the right by-line.

78:49

Shot by John Fleck.

78:18

Blair Adams sends in a cross.

77:49

Ben Williamson takes a shot.

77:37

Shot by Tom Pope missed to the left of the target.

77:08

Chris Birchall crosses the ball.

76:39

Chris Neal takes the free kick.

76:16

Carl Dickinson fouled by Leon Clarke, the ref awards a free kick.

75:01

Shot by Anthony Griffith went over.

73:26

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Leon Clarke and goes over.

72:37 Booking

Booking

72:37

Booking for Chris Birchall.

72:33

Chris Birchall challenges Cyrus Christie unfairly and gives away a free kick.

71:50

Leon Clarke has an effort direct from the free kick.

71:08

Foul by Anthony Griffith on Carl Baker, free kick awarded.

69:39

Header at goal by Liam Chilvers misses to the right.

69:27

Free kick crossed by Chris Lines.

69:22

John Fleck challenges Adam Yates unfairly and gives away a free kick.

69:00

Shot by Ben Williamson.

68:22

Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

68:06

The referee penalises Doug Loft for handball.

67:51

Doug Loft takes a shot.

67:39

Ben Williamson sends in a cross.

66:27

Chris Lines makes a clearance.

66:23

Callum Wilson crosses the ball.

66:16

Free kick taken by Cyrus Christie.

66:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Franck Moussa by Adam Yates.

65:17

John Fleck restarts play with the free kick.

65:01

Ben Williamson is caught offside.

64:12

Conor Thomas delivers the ball.

64:01

Clearance made by Anthony Griffith.

63:55

Corner taken by Carl Baker.

62:41

The ball is delivered by Cyrus Christie.

61:44

Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

61:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Baker by Doug Loft.

60:50

Centre by Blair Adams.

60:29

The ball is sent over by Leon Clarke.

59:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Doug Loft - Port Vale 2 - 2 Coventry Doug Loft slots the ball right footed into the goal. Port Vale 2-2 Coventry.

59:04

Centre by Carl Dickinson.

56:36

Tom Pope takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.

55:12

Ben Williamson takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

54:36

Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.

54:13

The assistant referee flags for offside against Tom Pope.

53:18

Tom Pope takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

53:09

Centre by Chris Birchall.

52:05

Corner taken by Chris Lines.

51:46

Anthony Griffith takes a shot. A parry by Joe Murphy prevents the goal.

50:59

A cross is delivered by Blair Adams.

49:29

Clearance by Chris Neal.

49:26

Corner from the right by-line taken by Blair Adams.

49:07

Corner taken by Blair Adams.

48:41

Shot by Leon Clarke.

47:40

Free kick taken by Chris Robertson.

47:35

Callum Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Robertson.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Chris Birchall comes on in place of Jennison Myrie-Williams.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Ben Williamson coming on for Louis Dodds.

45:00 +3:23 Half time

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

45:00 +3:13

Liam Chilvers takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

45:00 +2:59

Free kick taken by Chris Lines.

45:00 +2:29

Blair Adams is booked.

45:00 +2:29 Booking

Booking

45:00 +2:24

Foul by Blair Adams on Chris Lines, free kick awarded.

44:30

Centre by Cyrus Christie.

42:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Franck Moussa - Port Vale 1 - 2 Coventry Franck Moussa scores a right footed goal. Port Vale 1-2 Coventry.

40:28

Chris Neal takes the free kick.

40:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Chilvers by Leon Clarke.

39:55

Assist by Chris Lines.

39:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Pope - Port Vale 1 - 1 Coventry Tom Pope scores with a header. Port Vale 1-1 Coventry.

39:15

Free kick crossed by Chris Lines.

38:39

Blair Adams concedes a free kick for a foul on Jennison Myrie-Williams.

37:52

Carl Baker takes the free kick.

37:41

Carl Baker fouled by Carl Dickinson, the ref awards a free kick.

37:11

Cyrus Christie takes a shot.

36:04

Franck Moussa takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

35:44

Corner taken by Chris Lines from the left by-line.

35:28

Clearance made by Jordan Clarke.

35:24

Centre by Jennison Myrie-Williams.

35:19

Chris Lines takes the free kick.

35:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith by John Fleck.

34:54

Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

34:42

Tom Pope is ruled offside.

34:11

Assist by Cyrus Christie.

34:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Callum Wilson - Port Vale 0 - 1 Coventry Callum Wilson scores with their right foot. Port Vale 0-1 Coventry.

32:51

Doug Loft takes a shot.

31:47

Andy Webster takes the free kick.

31:27

The official flags Doug Loft offside.

30:25

Cyrus Christie has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

29:37

Andy Webster takes the free kick.

29:30

Foul by Anthony Griffith on Carl Baker, free kick awarded.

27:22

Header at goal by Jordan Clarke misses to the right.

27:15

Corner taken by Blair Adams from the right by-line.

26:29

Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

26:20

Conor Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith.

25:21

Clearance by Anthony Griffith.

25:16

Corner from the right by-line taken by Cyrus Christie.

24:46

A cross is delivered by Cyrus Christie.

24:04

Free kick taken by Jordan Clarke.

23:47

The official flags Tom Pope offside.

23:18

The ball is swung over by Adam Yates.

23:14

Free kick taken by Chris Lines.

22:44

Foul by Andy Webster on Tom Pope, free kick awarded.

21:01

Corner taken by Carl Baker from the right by-line.

20:46

Conor Thomas takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

20:31

Clearance made by Anthony Griffith.

20:24

Carl Baker crosses the ball in from the free kick.

19:51

Callum Wilson fouled by Carl Dickinson, the ref awards a free kick.

18:29

A cross is delivered by Carl Baker.

17:10

Adam Yates delivers the ball.

16:16

John Fleck restarts play with the free kick.

15:56

Franck Moussa fouled by Chris Lines, the ref awards a free kick.

14:00

Clearance made by Jordan Clarke.

13:56

Corner taken by Chris Lines.

13:27

Free kick taken by Chris Lines.

13:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Conor Thomas on Chris Lines.

12:53

Conor Thomas takes the free kick.

12:46

Unfair challenge on Andy Webster by Tom Pope results in a free kick.

12:24

Callum Wilson has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

12:07

Carl Baker has an effort at goal.

9:43

Doug Loft crosses the ball.

5:53

Free kick taken by Chris Neal.

5:13

Carl Baker concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Yates.

3:37

Corner from the right by-line taken by Blair Adams.

3:19

Carl Baker produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

2:31

Anthony Griffith challenges Callum Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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