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Port Vale 2-0 Northampton Town

Port Vale ended a run of four games without a win as they claimed a 2-0 victory over 10-man Northampton at Vale Park.

Vale got on the front foot early as Manny Oyeleke had a low shot saved by Northampton's Dave Cornell in the opening 10 minutes.

The Cobblers replied with an attack on the right wing as Sam Hoskins was released through on goal to set up Andy Williams, who could only find the side-netting.

But in the 24th minute, Ben Whitfield opened the scoring for the hosts with a spectacular solo run before unleashing his strike into the bottom left corner.

In the second half, the visitors were reduced to 10 men near the hour mark as Aaron Pierre was sent off for two bookable challenges on Ricky Miller in the space of five minutes.

Oyeleke then confirmed victory with a curled effort from inside the box that sailed into the top right-hand corner with 20 minutes to spare.

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Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 15Smith
  • 5Legge
  • 23Clark
  • 24WhitfieldSubstituted forWorrallat 82'minutes
  • 8Oyeleke
  • 22ConlonSubstituted forJoyceat 67'minutes
  • 11Hannant
  • 9PopeBooked at 56mins
  • 10MillerBooked at 49mins

Substitutes

  • 4Joyce
  • 7Worrall
  • 12Hornby
  • 14Quigley
  • 17Kanu
  • 21Vassell
  • 25Hardcastle

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 2Facey
  • 6Taylor
  • 16PierreBooked at 59mins
  • 3Buchanan
  • 7Hoskins
  • 8FoleySubstituted forO'Tooleat 82'minutes
  • 22CrooksBooked at 81mins
  • 19BridgeSubstituted forTurnbullat 61'minutes
  • 9WilliamsSubstituted forWatersat 57'minutes
  • 10van Veen

Substitutes

  • 4Odoffin
  • 15Bowditch
  • 18Turnbull
  • 20Waters
  • 21O'Toole
  • 24Whaler
  • 34Ward
Referee:
Thomas Bramall
Attendance:
4,474

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 2, Northampton Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Northampton Town 0.

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

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Billy Waters (Northampton Town).

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

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Luke Joyce (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin van Veen (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ricky Miller (Port Vale).

Ash Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. John-Joe O'Toole replaces Sam Foley.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. David Worrall replaces Ben Whitfield.

Booking

Matt Crooks (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Manny Oyeleke (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Crooks (Northampton Town).

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Billy Waters (Northampton Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Billy Waters (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Connell Rawlinson (Port Vale) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

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

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town).

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

Foul by Kevin van Veen (Northampton Town).

Attempt blocked. Ash Taylor (Northampton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Pope.

Ricky Miller (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Crooks (Northampton Town).

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 2, Northampton Town 0. Manny Oyeleke (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Pope.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Luke Joyce replaces Tom Conlon.

Attempt blocked. Billy Waters (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Luke Hannant (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jordan Turnbull replaces Jack Bridge.

Sam Foley (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City86111661019
2Exeter8512158716
3Newport8512913-416
4Colchester84311751215
5Yeovil74211531214
6Oldham8422126614
7Bury84131410413
8Tranmere8341107313
9MK Dons734074313
10Crawley84131110113
11Carlisle8413910-113
12Forest Green8260127512
13Stevenage8332109112
14Swindon83321314-112
15Mansfield724196310
16Port Vale831498110
17Crewe72239818
18Cheltenham822468-28
19Cambridge8215715-87
20Northampton8134813-56
21Grimsby8125515-105
22Morecambe8107317-143
23Macclesfield8026616-102
24Notts County80261024-142
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