Stevenage remain bottom of League One despite fighting back to draw with mid-table Port Vale.

The hosts thought they were ahead in first-half stoppage time when Francois Zoko headed in Bira Dembele's knockdown but the striker was ruled offside.

Vale went ahead when Tom Pope nodded home a Chris Birchall cross, but Boro substitute Peter Hartley levelled by converting a Luke Freeman free-kick.

Boro pushed for a winner in vain and are now winless in five matches.

Despite being rooted to the foot of the table, Stevenage are just two points adrift of fifth-from-bottom Tranmere.

Port Vale stay 11th, seven points from the play-off zone.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"The pitch was very uneven, the ball was bobbling around, you saw players often lose control of the ball.

"The frustration of the free-kick for their goal probably created a lapse in concentration. There was no reason from that set play for us to concede.

"The players deserve credit for the reaction to that situation. They didn't feel sorry for themselves, they kept trying to play the football that was there to be played and took the game back to Port Vale.

"There are sides that are at the bottom end of the league who didn't win a point today. Hopefully when we get to the end of the season, this will be one of the games that added to keeping us in League One."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 22 Obeng
  • 09 Charles
  • 08 Mousinho (Heslop - 80' )
  • 04 Dembele Booked (Hartley - 45' Booked )
  • 05 Ashton
  • 15 Freeman Booked
  • 20 Smith
  • 12 Zoko
  • 11 Akins
  • 07 Morais (Banvo - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 10 Burrow
  • 14 Heslop
  • 25 Flanagan
  • 26 Banvo
  • 29 Hartley
  • 33 Henderson

Port Vale

  • 12 Johnson
  • 03 Jones
  • 24 Duffy
  • 07 Loft
  • 04 Robertson
  • 17 Davis
  • 26 Birchall (Taylor - 80' )
  • 18 Lines
  • 11 Pope
  • 28 Knott (Myrie-Williams - 80' )
  • 10 Tomlin (Dodds - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Yates
  • 08 Dodds
  • 09 Myrie-Williams
  • 14 Taylor
  • 15 Shuker
  • 21 Griffith
  • 39 Hugill
Ref: Charles Breakspear
Att: 2,912

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

4 2

Corners

7 7

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stevenage 1, Port Vale 1.

90:00 +4:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Port Vale 1.

90:00 +4:00

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

90:00 +4:00

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

90:00 +3:33

Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:33

Foul by Robert Taylor (Port Vale).

90:00 +2:52

Attempt saved. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:43

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:43

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

90:00 +0:39

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

90:00 +0:31

Attempt blocked. Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Gavin Tomlin.

82:08 Booking

Booking Peter Hartley (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

82:00

Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:55

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

79:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Simon Heslop replaces John Mousinho.

79:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Anderson Banvo replaces Filipe Morais.

79:24 Substitution

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

79:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Jennison Myrie-Williams replaces Billy Knott.

78:36

Attempt missed. Chris Birchall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

77:42

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

77:42

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

77:08

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

71:10

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:48

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joe Davis.

67:43

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:43

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

66:30

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

65:33

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

63:56

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sam Johnson.

63:43

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

62:22

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joe Davis.

62:07

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

60:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 1, Port Vale 1. Peter Hartley (Stevenage) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a set piece situation.

60:09

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:09

Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

57:39

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

56:14

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

55:35

Attempt missed. Darius Charles (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

52:41

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

50:41

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

50:41

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

47:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 0, Port Vale 1. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Birchall with a cross.

47:37

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

47:37

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

46:46

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Stevenage 0, Port Vale 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Peter Hartley replaces Bira Dembele.

45:00 +1:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stevenage 0, Port Vale 0.

45:00

John Mousinho (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:58

Foul by Billy Knott (Port Vale).

43:04

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

43:04

Foul by Bira Dembele (Stevenage).

41:27

Foul by Joe Davis (Port Vale).

41:27

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:58

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

39:11

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

39:11

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

33:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:40

Delay in match Tom Pope (Port Vale) because of an injury.

33:35 Booking

Booking Bira Dembele (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

33:21

Foul by Bira Dembele (Stevenage).

33:21

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

30:53

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joe Davis.

30:16

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

26:25 Booking

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

26:16

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) has gone down, but that's a dive.

23:21

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22:42

Filipe Morais (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:42

Foul by Doug Loft (Port Vale).

21:06

Delay in match John Mousinho (Stevenage) because of an injury.

19:44

Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

19:44

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

15:40

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

15:40

Foul by John Mousinho (Stevenage).

13:13

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left following a corner.

12:35

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

9:27

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

9:27

Foul by Joe Davis (Port Vale).

9:02

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by John Mousinho.

8:44

Attempt blocked. Richard Duffy (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

7:59

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

7:22

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

7:22

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

6:03

Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:03

Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale).

5:23

Hand ball by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

4:25

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joe Davis.

1:03

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

1:03

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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