Tom Pope headed an 89th-minute equaliser to secure Port Vale a hard-earned point against 10-man Stevenage.

Pope thudded an early header against the crossbar before Vale's Jennison Myrie-Williams fired home a penalty.

Jordan Burrow guided a low shot past home keeper Sam Johnson to level before smashing in his second from six yards.

Stevenage were reduced to 10 men when Michael Doughty was shown a second yellow before Pope met Rob Taylor's cross with an unstoppable header.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I was staggered by the decisions being made out there today. I've got seven cards. We're going to get another fine from the FA, for what, I don't know.

"One of the officials said to me 'we're well aware of what's going on'. And I beg the question, what does that mean? What is going on? I'll tell you what's going on - there's a prejudice amongst the officials that's going against us. No question about it.

"When a referee or when an official says to me, and it was the linesman not the referee, saying 'we're well aware of what's going on' well it's gone a step too far. I've had my lads telling me that officials are saying it, and I've had it said to me now so I want something done about it.

"Nobody in (the Stevenage) dressing room knows what that penalty was given for. The referee has told me it was given for a shirt pull, but he doesn't know who pulled the shirt. He's pretty sure it was one of our players, but he doesn't know who. I listen to explanations like that and think 'the game's gone crazy'.

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Port Vale

  • 12 Johnson
  • 02 Yates
  • 05 Dickinson Booked
  • 18 Lines
  • 04 Robertson
  • 24 Duffy Booked
  • 26 Birchall (Taylor - 61' )
  • 21 Griffith (Jones - 61' )
  • 10 Tomlin (Hughes - 79' )
  • 11 Pope
  • 09 Myrie-Williams Booked

Substitutes

  • 03 Jones
  • 06 Chilvers
  • 08 Dodds
  • 14 Taylor
  • 19 Williamson
  • 29 Hughes
  • 34 Boot

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 24 Doughty Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 34 Deacon Booked
  • 17 Tansey
  • 05 Ashton (Jones - 63' )
  • 04 Chorley Booked
  • 25 Andrade (Dunne - 73' )
  • 20 Smith
  • 10 Burrow (Gray - 80' )
  • 12 Zoko
  • 15 Freeman Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 06 Jones
  • 08 Dunne
  • 13 Parrett
  • 21 Tounkara
  • 22 Gray
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 4,967

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

4 6

Corners

10 6

Fouls

6 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Port Vale 2, Stevenage 2.

90:00 +4:55 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Stevenage 2.

90:00 +3:20

Attempt saved. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

90:00 +0:42

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +0:12

Attempt saved. Lee Hughes (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 2, Stevenage 2. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Robert Taylor.

86:34

Daniel Jones (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:34

Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

83:11

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

82:43

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

81:33

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:33

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

79:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. David Gray replaces Jordan Burrow.

78:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Lee Hughes replaces Gavin Tomlin.

76:23

Attempt saved. Greg Tansey (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

76:00

Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

76:00

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:40

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Luke Jones.

72:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. James Dunne replaces Bruno Andrade.

70:59 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

70:49

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:49

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

66:10 Booking

Booking Luke Freeman (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

65:48

(Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:48

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

64:23

Attempt missed. Ben Chorley (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

63:52

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Adam Yates.

62:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Luke Jones replaces Jon Ashton because of an injury.

60:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Daniel Jones replaces Anthony Griffith.

60:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Robert Taylor replaces Chris Birchall.

60:04

Attempt missed. Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

58:34

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:34

Foul by Ben Chorley (Stevenage).

56:45

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:45

Foul by Jordan Burrow (Stevenage).

54:51

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Roarie Deacon.

52:56 Booking

Booking Michael Doughty (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

51:59

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

49:39

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Chris Day.

49:04

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:04

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

47:23

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

46:32

Attempt missed. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) left footed shot from long range on the right is just a bit too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Port Vale 1, Stevenage 2.

45:00 +3:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Port Vale 1, Stevenage 2.

45:00 +3:23

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sam Johnson.

45:00 +3:01

Attempt saved. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) header from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:00 +2:31

Attempt saved. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00 +1:37

Attempt saved. Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:43

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

41:59

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Adam Yates.

40:57

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

39:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 1, Stevenage 2. Jordan Burrow (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Roarie Deacon.

36:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 1, Stevenage 1. Jordan Burrow (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Francois Zoko.

34:42

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

34:01

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:01

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

32:21 Booking

Booking Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

31:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 1, Stevenage 0. Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

31:13

Penalty Port Vale. Gavin Tomlin draws a foul in the penalty area.

31:13

Penalty conceded by Ben Chorley (Stevenage) after a foul in the penalty area.

25:37

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Michael Doughty.

25:35 Booking

Booking Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

25:35 Booking

Booking Ben Chorley (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

24:16

Chris Birchall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:16

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

23:10

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Chris Day.

21:13

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

19:13

Foul by Chris Birchall (Port Vale).

19:13

Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:15

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:15

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

12:36 Booking

Booking Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

11:37

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

9:00

Greg Tansey (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:56

Foul by Adam Yates (Port Vale).

8:35

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

8:35

Ben Chorley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:12

Chris Robertson (Port Vale) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

7:32

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Michael Doughty.

4:21

Foul by Chris Birchall (Port Vale).

4:21

Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:48 Booking

Booking Richard Duffy (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

2:48

Foul by Richard Duffy (Port Vale).

2:48

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:31

Attempt blocked. Chris Birchall (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:55

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Roarie Deacon.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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