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Port Vale 2-2 Oxford United

A debut goal from new signing Ryan Taylor helped Port Vale overcome a two-goal half-time deficit to draw with Oxford at Vale Park.

The former Newcastle man scored from the penalty spot after Rigino Cicilia had halved the deficit following strikes from U's pair Chey Dunkley and Daniel Crowley.

Defender Dunkley gave the visitors the lead after 11 minutes, rising highest to meet Chris Maguire's free-kick from the left and guide a header past the stationary Jak Alnwick.

Oxford doubled their advantage just eight minutes later when Maguire slipped in Marvin Johnson to cut-back to Crowley who tapped home into an empty net.

The Valiants started the second half much brighter and got their reward after 54 minutes when Cicilia fired home his first Vale goal after Nathan Smith nodded down Taylor's free-kick.

Taylor, who signed for the club just 24 hours before the match, sealed the comeback five minutes later, slotting home past Simon Eastwood after Cicilia was pulled down in the box.

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Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Alnwick
  • 46Hart
  • 24Smith
  • 4Streete
  • 6Mac-IntoschBooked at 26minsSubstituted forMbambaat 28'minutes
  • 14Thomas
  • 8Tavares
  • 42Grant
  • 40TaylorSubstituted forde Freitasat 81'minutes
  • 11FoleySubstituted forPereiraat 43'minutes
  • 9Cicilia

Substitutes

  • 5Knops
  • 16Mbamba
  • 18Turner
  • 20Geraldo Rosa
  • 21Pereira
  • 25Santos
  • 28de Freitas

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 3Skarz
  • 5NelsonBooked at 58mins
  • 33DunkleyBooked at 65mins
  • 16Edwards
  • 18Rothwell
  • 4Lundstram
  • 28JohnsonSubstituted forRobertsat 74'minutes
  • 8Sercombe
  • 7Crowley
  • 10Maguire

Substitutes

  • 11MacDonald
  • 13Buchel
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15Hemmings
  • 20Taylor
  • 21Roberts
  • 25Raglan
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
4,837

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away10
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 2, Oxford United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Oxford United 2.

Attempt missed. Remie Streete (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Joe Rothwell (Oxford United).

Foul by Quentin Pereira (Port Vale).

Philip Edwards (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Rigino Cicilia (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Chris Mbamba (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Anthony de Freitas replaces Ryan Taylor.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Sam Hart.

Attempt saved. Tyler Roberts (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Chris Maguire (Oxford United).

Foul by Rigino Cicilia (Port Vale).

Curtis Nelson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Oxford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Remie Streete.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Tyler Roberts replaces Marvin Johnson.

Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Oxford United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Oxford United).

Foul by Jerome Thomas (Port Vale).

Curtis Nelson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Hart (Port Vale).

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Remie Streete (Port Vale).

Daniel Crowley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Rigino Cicilia (Port Vale) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Port Vale) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe1594232151731
2Bradford156811912726
3Sheff Utd147432417725
4Bolton147431510525
5Bristol Rovers146532320323
6Wimbledon156542118323
7Port Vale156451921-222
8Northampton155642421321
9Rochdale156361818021
10Peterborough155552418620
11Bury146262220220
12Walsall145541920-120
13Fleetwood145452018219
14Oxford Utd155461718-119
15Southend155461724-719
16Millwall145362326-318
17Charlton143831714317
18Gillingham154562127-617
19MK Dons154471923-416
20Swindon154471519-416
21Coventry143651216-415
22Oldham15366917-815
23Chesterfield143381621-512
24Shrewsbury152491528-1310
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