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Port Vale 1-2 Tranmere Rovers

League Two top scorer James Norwood's double inspired play-off chasing Tranmere to a 2-1 win away to relegation-threatened Port Vale.

Micky Mellon's side led on 10 minutes as Norwood followed up Kieron Morris' low drive which was parried by goalkeeper Scott Brown to power the ball left-footed in to the top right corner.

Striker Norwood struck the second, his 22nd league goal of the season, with 56 minutes played, running on to Connor Jennings' pass to fire low into the far corner.

Ben Whitfield pulled one back for John Askey's hosts on the hour with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area.

Zoumana Bakayogo later came to Rovers' rescue, clearing a header from Valiants captain Tom Pope off the line.

Whitfield saw a goal ruled out for offside in the closing stages as Tranmere held on to move up to ninth, three points from the play-offs. Struggling Vale remain four points above the relegation zone.

Report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 2GibbonsBooked at 89mins
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 15SmithBooked at 45mins
  • 14Crookes
  • 23ClarkSubstituted forMontañoat 53'minutes
  • 6Kay
  • 11HannantBooked at 44minsSubstituted forWorrallat 58'minutes
  • 22Conlon
  • 9Pope
  • 24WhitfieldSubstituted forMillerat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Montaño
  • 5Legge
  • 7Worrall
  • 10Miller
  • 12Hornby
  • 19M Harris
  • 27Edser

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 14CapriceBooked at 67mins
  • 6MontheBooked at 83mins
  • 16Ellis
  • 24Bakayogo
  • 19MorrisSubstituted forSmithat 77'minutes
  • 12McCullough
  • 17PerkinsBooked at 89mins
  • 27PringleSubstituted forGilmourat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10NorwoodBooked at 31mins
  • 11JenningsBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 9Mullin
  • 18Smith
  • 22Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 28Banks
  • 29Dagnall
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
3,835

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 1, Tranmere Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Tranmere Rovers 2.

Booking

Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers).

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Port Vale).

Luke McCullough (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by David Perkins.

Booking

James Gibbons (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Worrall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ricky Miller replaces Ben Whitfield.

Booking

Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ben Whitfield (Port Vale).

Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Connell Rawlinson.

Foul by Ben Whitfield (Port Vale).

Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Johnny Smith replaces Kieron Morris.

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

Foul by Mark Ellis (Tranmere Rovers).

David Worrall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo (Tranmere Rovers).

Attempt missed. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

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

Adam Crookes (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Booking

Jake Caprice (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Harvey Gilmour replaces Ben Pringle.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Tranmere Rovers 2. Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Pope.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. David Worrall replaces Luke Hannant.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 0, Tranmere Rovers 2. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Connor Jennings following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Luke Hannant (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Cristian Montaño replaces Mitchell Clark.

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