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Crawley Town 1-3 Port Vale

Michael Brown started his first full season as Port Vale manager with a comfortable victory at Crawley to give opposite number Harry Kewell a disappointing Football League managerial debut.

Vale made the perfect start when veteran midfielder Michael Tonge fired them ahead after only nine minutes with a deflected free kick from 25 yards.

Tonge, who signed a one-year deal after a successful pre-season, turned provider on 26 minutes by curling in a free kick for skipper Antony Kay to head in at the near post.

Crawley's Dutch striker Enzio Boldewijn threatened shortly after by bursting into the area, but his goal-bound shot was blocked by keeper Robert Lainton.

Vale could have been further ahead by the interval but winger Cristian Montano headed a Marcus Harness cross over.

The hosts reduced the deficit eight minutes after the break through Boldewijn, who latched onto a pass from Mark Randall to run through and score with a fine solo effort.

Boldewijn was inches away from levelling on 67 minutes when he put a Dannie Bulman pass just wide.

Crawley were much improved in the second half and substitute Dean Cox had a low shot saved after Boldewijn had earlier put the ball wide.

But Vale substitute Daniel Turner made the game safe eight minutes from time by heading his first goal for the club from a cross by Harness.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Morris
  • 22Lelan
  • 6Connolly
  • 15YorwerthSubstituted forPayneat 56'minutes
  • 2Young
  • 21Bulman
  • 25RandallBooked at 69mins
  • 19Evina
  • 7BoldewijnSubstituted forLewisat 75'minutes
  • 23Verheydt
  • 11RobertsBooked at 25minsSubstituted forCoxat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Payne
  • 9Harrold
  • 10Cox
  • 12Mersin
  • 14Blackman
  • 17Djaló
  • 24Lewis

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Lainton
  • 2Wilson
  • 6Kay
  • 24Smith
  • 33GunningBooked at 89mins
  • 11MontañoSubstituted forTurnerat 45'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 8Pugh
  • 32TongeSubstituted forReevesat 65'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 7Myers-HarnessSubstituted forWhitfieldat 84'minutes
  • 28de Freitas
  • 9Pope

Substitutes

  • 5Davis
  • 12Hornby
  • 15Forrester
  • 18Reeves
  • 19Turner
  • 22Pyke
  • 31Whitfield
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
2,270

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Port Vale 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Port Vale 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Glenn Morris.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Josh Payne.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dean Cox (Crawley Town).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  8. Booking

    Gavin Gunning (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Gunning (Port Vale).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Danny Pugh.

  12. Booking

    Billy Reeves (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Dean Cox (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Billy Reeves (Port Vale).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dean Cox (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  16. Booking

    Dan Turner (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Whitfield replaces Marcus Myers-Harness.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Crawley Town 1, Port Vale 3. Dan Turner (Port Vale) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Marcus Myers-Harness.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Cedric Evina (Crawley Town).

  20. Post update

    Marcus Myers-Harness (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton11008263
2Coventry11003033
3Accrington11003123
4Grimsby11003123
5Port Vale11003123
6Morecambe11002113
7Swindon11002113
8Exeter11001013
9Newport10103301
10Stevenage10103301
11Barnet10102201
12Crewe10102201
13Forest Green10102201
14Lincoln City10102201
15Mansfield10102201
16Wycombe10102201
17Carlisle100112-10
18Cheltenham100112-10
19Cambridge100101-10
20Chesterfield100113-20
21Colchester100113-20
22Crawley100113-20
23Notts County100103-30
24Yeovil100128-60
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