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Port Vale 2-1 Crawley Town

Paul Jones

A mistake by Crawley keeper Paul Jones gifted Port Vale victory in a game which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Town wasted numerous chances before Billy Clarke deservedly put them ahead at the break, scoring with a penalty after Joe Davis felled Rory Fallon.

Vale levelled through Billy Knott's 20-yard shot and Crawley then had Dannie Bulman sent off for a second caution.

Doug Loft's powerful strike crept past Jones to seal the win for Vale, who then had Chris Robertson sent off.

Robertson saw red for violent conduct following an altercation with Mark Connolly.

Crawley Town boss John Gregory told BBC Surrey:

John Gregory

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Post-match: Crawley manager Gregory

"That's probably the best we've played since I've been here and it's just about not taking chances in front of goal. I've become a bit of an old gramophone in the last couple of games.

"There were chances to win that game and I am getting a bit fed up repeating myself week after week. It's rather difficult to stand here and try and explain how we lost that game and that is the harsh reality.

"A lot of their fans called me over because they wanted to say they couldn't believe Port Vale had won the game and that quite a few of them said that we were the best team that has played here this season. But of course that means absolute zilch if you've not won the game.

"We certainly cannot afford to miss opportunities like that to win the game."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 12Johnson
  • 24Duffy
  • 3Jones
  • 18Lines
  • 17Davis
  • 4RobertsonBooked at 90mins
  • 9Myrie-WilliamsSubstituted forBirchallat 79'minutes
  • 28KnottSubstituted forTaylorat 80'minutes
  • 11Pope
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forHugillat 78'minutes
  • 7Loft

Substitutes

  • 2Yates
  • 5Dickinson
  • 8Dodds
  • 14Taylor
  • 21Griffith
  • 26Birchall
  • 39Hugill

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 29Connolly
  • 3Sadler
  • 10Drury
  • 4ConnollyBooked at 90mins
  • 12Walsh
  • 11Simpson
  • 15BulmanBooked at 67mins
  • 9FallonSubstituted forProctorat 79'minutes
  • 7B ClarkeSubstituted forTorresat 82'minutes
  • 21Jones

Substitutes

  • 8Torres
  • 14Proctor
  • 16Kaikai
  • 17Boateng
  • 19Monakana
  • 25Maddison
  • 28Dicker
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
3,755

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 2, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Crawley Town 1.

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

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jordan Hugill.

Booking

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Chris Robertson (Port Vale) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

Sergio Torres (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 2, Crawley Town 1. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Sergio Torres replaces Billy Clarke.

Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Robert Taylor replaces Billy Knott.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Rory Fallon.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Jennison Myrie-Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Jordan Hugill replaces Gavin Tomlin.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Paul Jones.

Attempt saved. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Billy Knott (Port Vale).

Paul Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

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

Foul by Josh Simpson (Crawley Town).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

Billy Knott (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Daniel Jones.

Attempt missed. Rory Fallon (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Josh Simpson (Crawley Town).

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Crawley Town 1. Billy Knott (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Rory Fallon (Crawley Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Port Vale 0, Crawley Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Port Vale 0, Crawley Town 1.

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves4026954787
2Brentford3924962781
3Leyton Orient40221083576
4Rotherham39211262875
5Preston40201551875
6Peterborough3818416758
7Swindon4016915557
8Walsall40141412456
9MK Dons4016717255
10Port Vale4016618-1254
11Sheff Utd39141015-252
12Bradford40111613249
13Coventry40161113149
14Gillingham3914619-1248
15Bristol City40101614-146
16Crawley37111313-746
17Oldham40111118-1244
18Colchester39101316-943
19Notts County4012424-1540
20Tranmere39101019-2240
21Carlisle39101019-2240
22Crewe40101020-2840
23Stevenage4010921-2039
24Shrewsbury4081418-1438
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