Adebayo Akinfenwa's first two goals of 2014 helped Gillingham to a hard-fought home victory against Port Vale.

Akinfenwa connected with Bradley Dack's corner for the opener and the two combined again in similar fashion for the striker's second goal.

Cody McDonald then neatly slotted home thanks to a third assist from Dack.

Two late Vale goals ensured an exciting finale to the match with Chris Robertson heading in and Jordan Hugill finidng the net from close range.

Defender Robertson's header was ruled to have crossed the line despite the Gills protests.

The win means Gillingham have moved up to 11th in the table while Vale remain ninth.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"For 70 minutes I'm happy, but the last 20 minutes I probably aged too much because we went from doing well to being incredibly nervous and panicked.

"The way Port Vale finished, they had at least three goals in them - we had to be careful.

"Everyone knows we have good ability in the squad, but you're guessing who will perform well. As long as they all put in as much effort and thought as they can then you can only hope for good performance.

"We need to get stronger - I think we made good progress, but for the last 20 minutes I think we need to be a stronger team as we know we've got a bit to do."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson Booked
  • 29 Hewitt Booked
  • 03 Martin
  • 12 Gregory
  • 06 Legge
  • 26 Barrett
  • 23 Harriman
  • 04 Linganzi (Smith - 75' )
  • 10 McDonald
  • 08 Akinfenwa (Pigott - 70' )
  • 15 Dack

Substitutes

  • 05 Davies
  • 11 Weston
  • 19 Smith
  • 21 Howard
  • 27 Fagan
  • 31 Hessenthaler
  • 32 Pigott

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 20 Grimmer
  • 03 Jones
  • 18 Lines
  • 04 Robertson
  • 17 Davis
  • 08 Dodds (Hugill - 63' )
  • 21 Griffith (Knott - 72' )
  • 11 Pope (Williamson - 64' )
  • 10 Tomlin
  • 07 Loft

Substitutes

  • 02 Yates
  • 09 Myrie-Williams
  • 12 Johnson
  • 19 Williamson
  • 26 Birchall
  • 28 Knott
  • 39 Hugill
Ref: Darren Deadman
Att: 6,356

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

7 4

Corners

3 5

Fouls

9 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Gillingham 3, Port Vale 2.

90:00 +5:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Port Vale 2.

90:00 +2:28

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:28

Foul by Joe Davis (Port Vale).

90:00 +0:41

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

89:59

Attempt saved. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

87:19

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

86:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 3, Port Vale 2. Jordan Hugill (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Doug Loft.

83:22

(Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:22

Foul by Ben Williamson (Port Vale).

81:46

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

80:57 Booking

Booking Stuart Nelson (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

80:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 3, Port Vale 1. Chris Robertson (Port Vale) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Billy Knott with a cross following a corner.

79:40

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

78:36

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

75:55

Attempt saved. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Connor Smith replaces Amine Linganzi.

72:04

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

72:04

Joe Davis (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Billy Knott replaces Anthony Griffith.

69:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Joe Pigott replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa.

67:43

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:43

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

66:49

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

63:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 3, Port Vale 0. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Williamson replaces Tom Pope.

62:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Jordan Hugill replaces Louis Dodds.

60:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 2, Port Vale 0. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack with a cross.

59:17

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Daniel Jones.

54:29

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

54:13

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

54:13

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

53:56

Attempt saved. Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:44

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:29

Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:29

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

48:32

Attempt missed. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

47:30

Attempt missed. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Gillingham 1, Port Vale 0.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Gillingham 1, Port Vale 0.

43:49

Attempt saved. Steven Gregory (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:10

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

41:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 1, Port Vale 0. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack with a cross following a corner.

41:28

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Chris Neal.

41:11

Attempt saved. Steven Gregory (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

37:46

Attempt missed. Steven Gregory (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

36:34

Attempt missed. Joe Martin (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

35:32

Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:32

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

35:00

Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:58

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

33:26

Foul by Leon Legge (Gillingham).

33:26

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

31:27

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:27

Foul by Doug Loft (Port Vale).

29:05

Adam Barrett (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:05

Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale).

26:14

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

25:27

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

25:27

Joe Davis (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:06 Booking

Booking Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

22:56

Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham).

22:56

Doug Loft (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:21

Foul by Michael Harriman (Gillingham).

21:21

Daniel Jones (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:56

Attempt missed. Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

7:24

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

7:24

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:51

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

6:51

Joe Davis (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:13

Attempt blocked. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

3:43

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

3:43

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

3:02

Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:02

Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale).

0:21

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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