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Port Vale 2-2 Stevenage

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.

Graham Westley

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Stevenage boss Graham Westley on Port Vale draw

"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'.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 12Johnson
  • 2Yates
  • 5DickinsonBooked at 26mins
  • 18Lines
  • 4Robertson
  • 24DuffyBooked at 3mins
  • 26BirchallSubstituted forTaylorat 61'minutes
  • 21GriffithSubstituted forJonesat 61'minutes
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forHughesat 79'minutes
  • 11Pope
  • 9Myrie-WilliamsBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 6Chilvers
  • 8Dodds
  • 14Taylor
  • 19Williamson
  • 29Hughes
  • 34Boot

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 24DoughtyBooked at 71mins
  • 34DeaconBooked at 13mins
  • 17Tansey
  • 5AshtonSubstituted forJonesat 63'minutes
  • 4ChorleyBooked at 26mins
  • 25AndradeSubstituted forDunneat 73'minutes
  • 20Smith
  • 10BurrowSubstituted forGrayat 80'minutes
  • 12Zoko
  • 15FreemanBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 6Jones
  • 8Dunne
  • 13Parrett
  • 21Tounkara
  • 22Gray
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
4,967

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 2, Stevenage 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Stevenage 2.

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

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

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

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.

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

Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

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

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. David Gray replaces Jordan Burrow.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Lee Hughes replaces Gavin Tomlin.

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

Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

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

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Luke Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. James Dunne replaces Bruno Andrade.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

Booking

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Adam Yates.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Daniel Jones replaces Anthony Griffith.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Robert Taylor replaces Chris Birchall.

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

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

Foul by Ben Chorley (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Jordan Burrow (Stevenage).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Roarie Deacon.

Booking

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Chris Day.

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

goal

As It Stood

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4Preston2010821138
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6Rotherham20974934
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8Swindon20938930
9Walsall20866330
10Port Vale20938030
11Coventry201055725
12MK Dons19748125
13Carlisle20668-1024
14Crawley20587-523
15Shrewsbury20578-222
16Oldham19649-322
17Gillingham216411-1022
18Colchester20497-921
19Sheff Utd205510-920
20Tranmere205510-1420
21Stevenage205312-1318
22Notts County215214-917
23Crewe204511-2517
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