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Port Vale 1-0 Rochdale

Port Vale continued their unbeaten start to the League One season with a narrow home win against Rochdale.

Young defender Nathan Smith, a graduate of the Vale Park academy, repaid manager Bruno Ribeiro's faith in him by scoring the only goal of the game seven minutes after the break.

Striker Calvin Andrew could have put the visitors ahead after 25 minutes when he took a pass from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and turned smartly in the box, but his shot was easily smothered by Jak Alnwick.

And the home side took the lead as 20-year-old Smith rose highest to meet Sam Foley's 52nd-minute free-kick before his header deflected off a Rochdale defender and over the despairing arms of goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

JJ Hooper had the chance to double Vale's lead from the spot after substitute Alex Jones - making his debut - was brought down four minutes from time, but fired his penalty wide of Lillis' goal.

Jones almost got on the scoresheet himself three minutes into second-half injury time, latching onto a through-ball and rounding the keeper before firing his shot straight at defender Niall Canavan.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Alnwick
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4StreeteBooked at 80mins
  • 24Smith
  • 5KnopsSubstituted forMbambaat 70'minutes
  • 10Hooper
  • 8Tavares
  • 42GrantBooked at 18mins
  • 14ThomasSubstituted forde Freitasat 55'minutes
  • 11Foley
  • 15ForresterSubstituted forJonesat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Mac-Intosch
  • 7Kelly
  • 16Mbamba
  • 23Boot
  • 26Jones
  • 27Amoros
  • 28de Freitas

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 3TanserSubstituted forCampsat 58'minutes
  • 5CanavanBooked at 90mins
  • 6McGahey
  • 4McNultyBooked at 72mins
  • 24Allen
  • 40Henderson
  • 27CannonBooked at 17minsSubstituted forThompsonat 64'minutes
  • 11Mendez-Laing
  • 9Andrew
  • 12McDermottSubstituted forOdelusiat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lund
  • 10Camps
  • 15Thompson
  • 25Logan
  • 28Morley
  • 29Odelusi
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
3,941

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home6
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 1, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Rochdale 0.

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

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Foul by Chris Mbamba (Port Vale).

Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Niall Canavan (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Niall Canavan (Rochdale).

Attempt blocked. Alex Jones (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Anthony de Freitas (Port Vale).

Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by JJ Hooper (Port Vale) right footed shot misses to the right. JJ Hooper should be disappointed.

Penalty Port Vale. Alex Jones draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Harrison McGahey (Rochdale) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Alex Jones replaces Anton Forrester.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harrison McGahey.

Booking

Remie Streete (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Remie Streete (Port Vale).

Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Anton Forrester (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Mbamba replaces Kjell Knops because of an injury.

Foul by JJ Hooper (Port Vale).

Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Kjell Knops (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Foul by Anton Forrester (Port Vale).

Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Thompson replaces Andrew Cannon.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Sanmi Odelusi replaces Donal McDermott.

Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kjell Knops (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Callum Camps replaces Scott Tanser.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield32106247
2Scunthorpe32107437
3Gillingham32106337
4Port Vale32103037
5Bradford32103127
6Peterborough32018446
7Bolton22003126
8Charlton31114314
9Bury31113214
10MK Dons31114404
11Walsall31113304
12Millwall311167-14
13Swindon311134-14
14Northampton30302203
15Southend310245-13
16Bristol Rovers210134-13
17Fleetwood20203302
18Coventry302101-12
19Oldham302103-32
20Oxford Utd201123-11
21Rochdale301235-21
22Sheff Utd301215-41
23Shrewsbury301204-41
24Wimbledon300337-40
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