Port Vale 2-1 Bradford

Doug Loft

Port Vale secured their first win of the season as Doug Loft's goal earned them a deserved victory over Bradford.

Vale took the lead just before half-time as Lee Hughes latched onto James Meredith's scuffed back pass to round the keeper and tap into an empty net.

Nahki Wells fired in an equaliser from close range after the break following a brilliant piece of skill.

But Vale captain Loft had the final say when his 20-yard shot took a deflection and found the top left-hand corner.

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Port Vale boss Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

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Vale's attitude first class - Adams

"The commitment was there for everybody to see, and it was particularly nice after I'd questioned them last week. To get a response like that was first-class.

"At this level you've got to take your chances when they come because you know a good side, and Bradford are a good side, they're going to get chances. But I thought we limited them well today.

"A lot of pressure will be put on Tom [Pope] because of the goals he got last year and I think even he's questioned if he had enough opportunities, but I don't think he can question that today."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Yates
  • 03 Jones
  • 04 Robertson
  • 05 Dickinson Booked
  • 07 Loft Booked
  • 09 Myrie-Williams (Griffith - 90' )
  • 18 Lines Booked
  • 23 Mohamed
  • 11 Pope
  • 29 Hughes (Dodds - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Duffy
  • 08 Dodds
  • 15 Shuker
  • 21 Griffith
  • 26 Birchall
  • 10 Tomlin
  • 19 Williamson

Bradford

  • 01 McLaughlin
  • 02 Darby (Connell - 88' )
  • 03 Meredith
  • 05 Davies
  • 23 McArdle
  • 11 Thompson (De Vita - 71' )
  • 14 Yeates (Reid - 71' Booked )
  • 18 Jones
  • 24 Doyle
  • 09 Hanson
  • 21 Wells

Substitutes

  • 12 Ripley
  • 15 Taylor
  • 16 McHugh
  • 04 Ravenhill
  • 07 Reid
  • 17 Connell
  • 20 De Vita
Ref: Boyeson
Att: 6,552

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

5 3

Corners

4 5

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:05 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +5:50

Chris Lines manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +5:46

Corner from the right by-line taken by Raffaele De Vita.

90:00 +3:28 Substitution

Substitution Jennison Myrie-Williams goes off and Anthony Griffith comes on.

90:00 +1:48

Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:34

Kyel Reid is adjudged to have handled the ball.

90:00 +1:25

Clearance made by Tom Pope.

90:00 +1:17

Corner from the left by-line taken by Kyel Reid.

90:00 +0:14

Chris Neal takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:07 Substitution

Substitution Lee Hughes leaves the field to be replaced by Louis Dodds.

89:45

The referee blows for offside.

87:25 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Darby goes off and Alan Connell comes on.

85:34

Shot by Kyel Reid. Chris Robertson gets a block in.

85:21

Clearance made by Chris Robertson.

85:06

Corner taken by Kyel Reid.

84:34

Andrew Davies makes a clearance.

84:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Hughes by Nathan Doyle.

81:08

Chris Neal takes the free kick.

80:58

James Hanson challenges Daniel Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick.

79:32

Free kick crossed by Raffaele De Vita.

79:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nahki Wells by Adam Yates.

78:21

Kyel Reid takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

77:46

Corner taken by Kyel Reid from the right by-line.

74:09

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

73:49

Free kick crossed by Chris Lines.

73:15 Booking

Booking

73:15

Kyel Reid is cautioned.

73:10

Kyel Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Jennison Myrie-Williams.

70:54 Substitution

Substitution Garry Thompson leaves the field to be replaced by Raffaele De Vita.

70:35 Substitution

Substitution Kyel Reid comes on in place of Mark Yeates.

70:14

Andrew Davies makes a clearance.

69:02

Clearance by Andrew Davies.

68:49

Free kick taken by Chris Neal.

68:30

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

68:08

Shot by Lee Hughes went wide left of the target.

65:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Doug Loft - Port Vale 2 - 1 Bradford Doug Loft slots the ball right footed into the goal. Port Vale 2-1 Bradford.

65:43

Clearance by Andrew Davies.

65:25

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

61:36

Nahki Wells takes a shot. Chris Neal catches the ball.

60:54

Nahki Wells takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

59:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Nahki Wells - Port Vale 1 - 1 Bradford Nahki Wells scores with their right foot. Port Vale 1-1 Bradford.

58:54

Shot by Garry Thompson.

57:38

The official flags Tom Pope offside.

56:22

Gary Jones takes the free kick.

55:52 Booking

Booking

55:52

The referee shows Carl Dickinson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

55:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Dickinson on Nahki Wells.

55:05

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

53:16

Garry Thompson takes a fantastic shot and missed to the left of the goal.

53:03

Clearance by Adam Yates.

52:01

Nahki Wells takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

51:42

Daniel Jones makes a clearance.

51:18

Stephen Darby crosses the ball in from the free kick.

51:03

Unfair challenge on Nahki Wells by Carl Dickinson results in a free kick.

50:21

Chance falls to Kaid Mohamed who heads at goal. Jon McLaughlin catches the ball.

49:37

Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.

49:30

Jennison Myrie-Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McArdle.

48:31

Andrew Davies makes a clearance.

48:00

Doug Loft restarts play with the free kick.

47:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Pope by James Meredith.

47:16

The ball is sent over by Garry Thompson.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:49 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:36

Free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

45:00 +1:30

Chris Lines shown a yellow card.

45:00 +1:30 Booking

Booking

45:00 +1:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Lines on Andrew Davies.

44:02

Foul by James Hanson on Carl Dickinson, free kick awarded.

42:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Hughes - Port Vale 1 - 0 Bradford Lee Hughes grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Port Vale 1-0 Bradford.

41:06

Clearance by Chris Robertson.

41:03

Gary Jones restarts play with the free kick.

40:49

Doug Loft is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

40:49 Booking

Booking

39:59

Foul by Doug Loft on Nathan Doyle, free kick awarded.

38:14

Corner taken by Jennison Myrie-Williams from the left by-line.

37:45

Kaid Mohamed takes a shot.

37:02

Andrew Davies makes a clearance.

36:34

Kaid Mohamed takes a shot. Jon McLaughlin catches the ball.

35:26

Andrew Davies manages to make a clearance.

34:12

Chris Robertson takes the free kick.

34:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Dickinson by James Hanson.

33:14

Free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.

33:06

The official flags Tom Pope offside.

31:35

Clearance made by Jon McLaughlin.

30:04

James Meredith restarts play with the free kick.

29:57

Lee Hughes handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

28:14

Header by Tom Pope goes harmlessly over the bar.

28:05

Adam Yates crosses the ball.

27:47

Carl Dickinson takes the free kick.

24:27

Header at goal by Tom Pope goes right of the post.

23:58

Free kick taken by Chris Lines.

23:53

James Meredith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Pope.

23:21

Mark Yeates restarts play with the free kick.

23:15

Mark Yeates fouled by Doug Loft, the ref awards a free kick.

21:50

Chris Lines manages to make a clearance.

21:25

Free kick crossed by Mark Yeates.

21:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nahki Wells by Daniel Jones.

21:08

James Meredith takes the free kick.

20:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Darby by Lee Hughes.

18:27

Gary Jones takes a fantastic shot and cleared the crossbar.

15:06

The ball is swung over by Jennison Myrie-Williams.

12:25

Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Yeates.

9:43

Chris Neal takes the free kick.

9:39

Nahki Wells is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

8:34

Jon McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

8:22

Foul by Carl Dickinson on James Meredith, free kick awarded.

8:00

Clearance by Andrew Davies.

7:51

Free kick taken by Chris Lines.

7:22

Andrew Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Pope.

7:09

Clearance made by Jon McLaughlin.

3:43

Clearance made by Adam Yates.

3:18

Free kick crossed by Mark Yeates.

2:59

Daniel Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nahki Wells.

2:38

Andrew Davies makes a clearance.

2:29

Free kick crossed by Chris Lines.

2:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kaid Mohamed by Nathan Doyle.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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