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Port Vale 1-0 Swindon Town

Carl Dickinson
Vale captain Carl Dickinson's first-half header was his first goal for the club since August 2014

Carl Dickinson scored the only goal of the game as Port Vale earned a narrow win over Swindon to move within a point of the League One play-off zone.

The Vale captain headed in Louis Dodds' sixth-minute right-wing cross.

Dodds almost doubled the lead shortly after as he shot against the post, while Robins striker Jonathan Obika had a shot well-saved by Jak Alnwick.

Fabien Robert went close with a volley after the break, but Rob Page's Vale held on to secure all three points.

Vale climb three places back up to 8th in the table, while Swindon remain 17th, six points clear of trouble.

Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We were far too sloppy in the second half, not clinical enough. It wasn't the best performance but sometimes you have to win ugly.

"Even on a bad day like we have had here really, we have proved we can still grind out results. Defensively, our discipline was outstanding.

"They have had all the possession. But, on another day, as stupid as it sounds, we might have won three or four nil. Our final pass was nowhere near good enough."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 21Alnwick
  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Duffy
  • 26Inniss
  • 3Dickinson
  • 10DoddsSubstituted forMooreat 71'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 11Foley
  • 9KennedySubstituted forKellyat 71'minutes
  • 25RobinsonSubstituted forHooperat 62'minutes
  • 20Leitch-Smith

Substitutes

  • 4Streete
  • 15Hooper
  • 16Yates
  • 17Brown
  • 18Kelly
  • 19Moore
  • 23Boot

Swindon

  • 1Vigouroux
  • 27Barry
  • 2ThompsonBooked at 42mins
  • 14Doughty
  • 3Ormonde-OttewillBooked at 90mins
  • 26Rodgers
  • 4Robert
  • 8Kasim
  • 19BalmySubstituted forMarshallat 62'minutes
  • 24HyltonSubstituted forYoungat 62'minutes
  • 20Obika

Substitutes

  • 15Brophy
  • 22Marshall
  • 23Cooke
  • 25Belford
  • 28Iandolo
  • 35Young
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
3,256

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 1, Swindon Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Swindon Town 0.

Booking

Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Swindon Town).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lawrence Vigouroux.

Attempt saved. JJ Hooper (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Byron Moore (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fabien Robert (Swindon Town).

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

Attempt missed. JJ Hooper (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

Attempt saved. Fabien Robert (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

Fabien Robert (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Byron Moore replaces Louis Dodds.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Sam Kelly replaces Matthew Kennedy.

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

Foul by Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town).

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

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

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

Foul by Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town).

Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

Louis Dodds (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Young (Swindon Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. JJ Hooper replaces Theo Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Jordan Young replaces Jermaine Hylton.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Lee Marshall replaces Jeremy Balmy.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lawrence Vigouroux.

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

Foul by Jeremy Balmy (Swindon Town).

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

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

Jeremy Balmy (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Port Vale 1, Swindon Town 0.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton28183737231457
2Walsall28168447272056
3Gillingham29166755361954
4Wigan291410548291952
5Coventry29139748321648
6Millwall28135104438644
7Southend2812883835344
8Port Vale30127113435-143
9Sheff Utd2811984539642
10Peterborough281251153411241
11Bradford2711882829-141
12Barnsley28123134542339
13Scunthorpe28115123337-438
14Rochdale27107103737037
15Bury27107103640-437
16Doncaster2999113539-436
17Swindon29105144247-535
18Blackpool2996142835-733
19Chesterfield2893163848-1030
20Shrewsbury2985163449-1529
21Fleetwood2777133437-328
22Oldham27412112740-1324
23Crewe2858152850-2223
24Colchester2857163665-2922
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