Swindon fought back from two goals down at half-time to record an excellent victory at Port Vale.

The hosts went ahead when Doug Loft finished from a Jennison Myrie-Williams cross and Tom Pope's low strike made it 2-0 at the break.

Nile Ranger headed the Robins back into the match from Alex Pritchard's cross.

Pritchard levelled the scores with a wonderful free-kick from 25 yards before Nathan Byrne bundled home a winner from Michael Smith's centre.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"We were 2-0 down without doing an awful lot wrong. We had numerous chances, we didn't take them.

"We said at half-time if we get an early goal it's game on.

"Once we got the first one we went from strength to strength. We were outstanding again in the second-half and totally dominated.

"We knew the conditions weren't going to be great and it wasn't ideal for the way we play from the back, so we knew if we had a target to hit we could play off it."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 20 Grimmer
  • 05 Dickinson
  • 28 Knott (Hugill - 70' )
  • 04 Robertson
  • 17 Davis
  • 09 Myrie-Williams
  • 18 Lines Booked
  • 11 Pope (Williamson - 84' )
  • 10 Tomlin (Griffith - 56' Booked )
  • 07 Loft

Substitutes

  • 02 Yates
  • 03 Jones
  • 12 Johnson
  • 19 Williamson
  • 21 Griffith
  • 26 Birchall
  • 39 Hugill

Swindon Town

  • 01 Foderingham
  • 03 Byrne
  • 12 N'Guessan (Murphy - 63' )
  • 41 Archibald-Henville Booked
  • 22 Ward
  • 02 Thompson
  • 04 Luongo Booked
  • 19 Thompson
  • 11 Pritchard (Reis - 94' )
  • 09 Ranger
  • 28 Smith

Substitutes

  • 06 Reis
  • 24 Cox
  • 25 Belford
  • 29 Branco
  • 34 Reckord
  • 39 Gladwin
  • 40 Murphy
Ref: Seb Stockbridge
Att: 5,306

Match Stats

Shots

5 16

On target

2 7

Corners

5 14

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Port Vale 2, Swindon Town 3.

90:00 +4:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Swindon Town 3.

90:00 +3:49

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

90:00 +3:49

Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Tijane Reis replaces Alex Pritchard.

90:00 +1:59

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Troy Archibald-Henville.

90:00 +0:57

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Anthony Griffith.

90:00 +0:28

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Chris Neal.

90:00 +0:10

Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

83:54

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

83:54

Nile Ranger (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:07 Substitution

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

82:13

Attempt missed. Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

81:32 Booking

Booking Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

81:26

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

81:26

Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:30

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

78:15

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

77:37

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

77:37

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

75:52

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Troy Archibald-Henville.

75:21

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.

73:22

Attempt blocked. Darren Ward (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

72:39

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

72:10

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Port Vale).

72:10

Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:19

Jack Grimmer (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:19

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town).

70:01

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

69:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Jordan Hugill replaces Billy Knott.

68:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 2, Swindon Town 3. Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Smith with a cross.

66:07 Booking

Booking Troy Archibald-Henville (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

66:02

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:02

Foul by Troy Archibald-Henville (Swindon Town).

64:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 2, Swindon Town 2. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

63:45

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

63:45

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Jacob Murphy replaces Dany N'Guessan.

59:59

Nile Ranger (Swindon Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

58:08

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

58:08

Foul by Nile Ranger (Swindon Town).

57:17

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

57:02

Michael Smith (Swindon Town) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

55:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Anthony Griffith replaces Gavin Tomlin.

54:03

Doug Loft (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:03

Foul by Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town).

50:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 2, Swindon Town 1. Nile Ranger (Swindon Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Pritchard with a cross.

48:39

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

48:01

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

47:24

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

47:24

Nile Ranger (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Port Vale 2, Swindon Town 0.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Port Vale 2, Swindon Town 0.

45:00 +2:00

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:00

Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

42:45

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

41:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 2, Swindon Town 0. Tom Pope (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Doug Loft with a cross.

38:17

Attempt saved. Nile Ranger (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

37:31

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

37:05

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

35:18

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

34:08

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

33:18 Booking

Booking Chris Lines (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

32:50

Michael Smith (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:50

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

31:52

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

31:27

Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale).

31:27

Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:18

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

26:18

Darren Ward (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:24

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

22:08

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

19:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 1, Swindon Town 0. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jennison Myrie-Williams with a cross.

17:45

Attempt missed. Dany N'Guessan (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

16:07 Booking

Booking Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

16:00

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

16:00

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

14:30

Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:30

Foul by Billy Knott (Port Vale).

13:40

Foul by Darren Ward (Swindon Town).

13:40

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

12:03

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

11:21

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Jennison Myrie-Williams.

6:42

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

6:22

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Troy Archibald-Henville.

5:35

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Troy Archibald-Henville.

4:37

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

4:07

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Chris Neal.

3:27

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

2:21

Foul by Troy Archibald-Henville (Swindon Town).

2:21

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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