Port Vale midfielder Chris Lines' superb free-kick was enough to earn victory over 10-man Tranmere Rovers.

The former Bristol Rovers man struck from 25 yards to net his first goal for Vale, who were playing under stand-in manager Rob Page for the first time.

Earlier, Tranmere's new loan signing Liam Ridehalgh had been sent off for a foul on Chris Birchall inside the box.

Rovers keeper Owain Fon Williams kept out top scorer Tom Pope's spot-kick but was powerless to stop Lines' winner.

It was a miserable debut for left-back Ridehalgh, who completed a three-month loan from Huddersfield prior to kick-off, while victory gave Page the perfect start to his tenure as Vale's temporary boss.

The former Wales international is in control of first-team affairs while manager Micky Adams recovers from a hip operation.

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Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"It was cruel. Was it a sending-off? I don't know. Liam had started really brightly. If they score there, the referee doesn't send him off.

"For our general effort, commitment and play, I think we deserved to take something out of the game.

"I've said to the players that if they give that effort and desire they showed in the second half, then we will certainly be getting back to the right end of the table where we need to be."

Match Stats

Shots

12 21

On target

3 10

Corners

5 7

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:18 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:01

Chris Neal takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:58

The offside flag is raised against Ash Taylor.

90:00 +2:47

Liam Chilvers makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:43

The ball is swung over by Ian Goodison.

90:00 +2:38

Corner taken by Ryan Lowe.

90:00 +2:25

Ash Taylor produces a cross.

90:00 +1:55

Header at goal by Ash Taylor hits the bar.

90:00 +1:43

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

90:00 +1:30

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

89:56

Liam Chilvers manages to make a clearance.

89:51

A cross is delivered by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

89:00

Clearance by Chris Robertson.

88:54

The ball is crossed by Ian Goodison.

88:13

Clearance made by Anthony Griffith.

88:02

Free kick crossed by Chris Atkinson.

87:55

Ryan Lowe fouled by Adam Yates, the ref awards a free kick.

87:23

Adam Yates restarts play with the free kick.

87:04

Adam Dugdale challenges Lee Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick.

86:46

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has a headed effort at goal.

86:39

Tom Hateley crosses the ball.

85:54

Tom Pope takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams parries the ball but the danger is not over.

85:33

Headed chance falls to Lee Hughes. Parried by Owain Fon Williams back into danger.

85:20

A cross is delivered by Jennison Myrie-Williams.

84:23

Ryan Lowe crosses the ball.

84:06

Tom Pope takes a shot.

82:39

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

81:48 Substitution

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

81:19

Liam Chilvers makes a clearance.

81:16

Chris Atkinson restarts play with the free kick.

81:12

Jennison Myrie-Williams goes into the book.

81:12 Booking

Booking

81:05

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams on Max Power, free kick awarded.

80:37

Chris Lines takes a shot.

80:22

Chris Atkinson restarts play with the free kick.

80:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Lines on Chris Atkinson.

78:41

Clearance by Adam Dugdale.

78:36

Doug Loft produces a cross.

77:28

Shot by Akpo Sodje cleared the crossbar.

77:17

Adam Dugdale makes a clearance.

77:13

The ball is swung over by Carl Dickinson.

76:57

Jennison Myrie-Williams takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

75:38

Centre by Ryan Lowe.

74:06

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

73:50

Jennison Myrie-Williams produces a cross.

73:19

Akpo Sodje takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

73:04 Substitution

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

72:31

Shot by Ryan Lowe.

71:08

Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

71:03

The official flags Tom Pope offside.

70:36

Clearance by Owain Fon Williams.

70:22

Corner taken by Chris Lines.

69:05 Substitution

Substitution Akpo Sodje comes on in place of Cole Stockton.

68:21

Doug Loft takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

68:03

Clearance by Ian Goodison.

67:58

The ball is swung over by Adam Yates.

67:29

Clearance made by Adam Dugdale.

67:26

Chris Lines produces a cross.

65:06

Clearance by Chris Robertson.

65:02

Ian Goodison delivers the ball.

63:40

Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

63:35

The offside flag is raised against Ben Williamson.

63:11 Booking

Booking

63:11

Chris Neal is booked.

62:59

Shot by Tom Hateley went over.

62:42

Liam Chilvers manages to make a clearance.

62:38

The ball is delivered by Tom Hateley.

62:17

Clearance made by Carl Dickinson.

62:13

Centre by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

61:49

Chris Atkinson takes the free kick.

61:35

Chris Atkinson fouled by Adam Yates, the ref awards a free kick.

61:04

Clearance by Adam Dugdale.

61:00

The ball is swung over by Chris Birchall.

60:52

Clearance by Ash Taylor.

60:50

Chris Birchall delivers the ball.

59:44

Chris Atkinson restarts play with the free kick.

59:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Atkinson by Doug Loft.

59:33

Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.

59:12

Unfair challenge on Adam Dugdale by Tom Pope results in a free kick.

58:42

Chris Atkinson takes a shot and goes over the bar.

56:49

Header by Ash Taylor goes over the bar.

56:22

Free kick crossed by Max Power.

56:12

Liam Chilvers concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

55:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Lines - Tranmere 0 - 1 Port Vale Chris Lines scores a right footed goal. Tranmere 0-1 Port Vale.

55:22

Chris Lines takes the free kick.

54:23

Unfair challenge on Tom Pope by Adam Dugdale results in a free kick.

53:55

Chris Atkinson manages to make a clearance.

53:40

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

53:26

Chris Lines delivers the ball.

52:36

Free kick taken by Adam Dugdale.

52:28

Unfair challenge on Ian Goodison by Ben Williamson results in a free kick.

50:29

Header by Liam Chilvers misses right.

50:16

Corner taken by Chris Lines.

50:02

Chris Birchall has an effort at goal.

48:13

Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

48:09

The assistant referee flags for offside against Tom Pope.

47:52

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has a headed effort at goal. Chris Neal catches the ball.

47:09

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro crosses the ball in from the free kick.

47:00

Foul by Adam Yates on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, free kick awarded.

46:10

Ian Goodison makes a clearance.

46:03

The ball is crossed by Doug Loft.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution James Rowe leaves the field to be replaced by Max Power.

45:00 +3:59 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +3:38

Header by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro goes harmlessly over the bar.

45:00 +3:25

Tom Hateley produces a cross.

45:00 +3:16

Ryan Lowe produces a cross.

45:00 +2:57

Clearance by Anthony Griffith.

45:00 +2:34

Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

45:00 +2:18

The referee shows Ben Williamson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +2:18 Booking

Booking

45:00 +2:12

Unfair challenge on Adam Dugdale by Ben Williamson results in a free kick.

45:00 +0:13

Carl Dickinson delivers the ball.

44:03

Centre by Carl Dickinson.

43:39

Shot by Chris Lines.

43:07

Free kick taken by Chris Lines.

42:38

James Rowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Doug Loft.

42:29

Free kick taken by Chris Lines.

42:22

Adam Dugdale concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Pope.

42:12

Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

42:02

Caution for Anthony Griffith.

42:02 Booking

Booking

41:45

Anthony Griffith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Lowe.

41:23

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

41:04

Adam Yates takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams turns it away with a finger tip save.

40:42

Tom Pope makes a clearance.

40:18

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

40:01

Chris Atkinson crosses the ball.

37:10

Chris Lines restarts play with the free kick.

37:03

James Rowe booked for unsporting behaviour.

37:03 Booking

Booking

36:53

James Rowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith.

36:25

Clearance made by Tom Pope.

36:08

Free kick taken by Chris Atkinson.

34:54

Liam Chilvers concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

34:08

Anthony Griffith takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

33:27

Chris Atkinson manages to make a clearance.

33:19

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

33:04

Clearance by Ash Taylor.

32:59

Corner taken by Chris Lines.

32:45 Substitution

Substitution Joe Thompson leaves the field to be replaced by Ian Goodison.

32:05 Penalty

Penalty taken by Tom Pope is saved by Owain Fon Williams. Tranmere 0-0 Port Vale.

31:38

The referee red cards Liam Ridehalgh for serious foul play.

31:38 Dismissal

Dismissal

31:25

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh on Chris Birchall, Penalty awarded.

29:16

Shot by Chris Birchall missed to the left of the net.

27:21

Liam Ridehalgh manages to make a clearance.

26:32

Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

26:26

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ben Williamson.

25:44

Chris Neal takes the free kick.

25:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Rowe on Anthony Griffith.

24:25

Chris Lines restarts play with the free kick.

24:02

Ryan Lowe is given a yellow card.

24:02 Booking

Booking

23:50

Ryan Lowe concedes a free kick for a foul on Doug Loft.

23:10

Shot by Doug Loft missed to the left of the target.

21:11

Ben Williamson takes a shot.

18:26

Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

18:22

Chris Birchall is ruled offside.

17:49

Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

17:40

James Rowe concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Griffith.

16:11

Clearance made by Anthony Griffith.

15:55

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

15:40

The ball is crossed by Joe Thompson.

13:16

Owain Fon Williams takes the free kick.

13:11

Ben Williamson is caught offside.

11:11

Ben Williamson takes a shot. Owain Fon Williams catches the ball.

10:20

Doug Loft takes the chance to get an effort at goal and strikes the post.

9:44

Clearance by Liam Chilvers.

9:39

Ryan Lowe delivers the ball.

8:17

Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

8:14

Tom Pope is caught offside.

7:35

Chris Atkinson manages to make a clearance.

7:18

Free kick taken by Liam Ridehalgh.

7:14

Liam Ridehalgh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Birchall.

6:56

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

6:12

Shot by Ben Williamson. Owain Fon Williams parries the ball away.

5:15

Shot by Tom Pope. Owain Fon Williams catches the ball.

4:49

Doug Loft takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

2:31

Centre by Joe Thompson.

1:53

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

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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