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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.

"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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 2, Stevenage 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Stevenage 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. 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.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. David Gray replaces Jordan Burrow.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Lee Hughes replaces Gavin Tomlin.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Luke Jones.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. James Dunne replaces Bruno Andrade.

  20. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

As It Stood

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5Peterborough20113630201036
6Rotherham209743324934
7Bradford2079433221130
8Swindon209383526930
9Walsall208662118330
10Port Vale209383030030
11Coventry2010554336725
12MK Dons197483029125
13Carlisle206682333-1024
14Crawley205872126-523
15Shrewsbury205782123-222
16Oldham196492326-322
17Gillingham2164112737-1022
18Colchester204972130-921
19Sheff Utd2055101827-920
20Tranmere2055102438-1420
21Stevenage2053122134-1318
22Notts County2152142534-917
23Crewe2045111742-2517
24Bristol City202992734-715
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