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Port Vale 0-2 Forest Green Rovers

Reece Brown's second-half double earned play-off hopefuls Forest Green victory at Port Vale.

Rovers goalkeeper Lewis Ward was twice called into action early on, producing saves to deny Vale pair Cristian Montano and Ricky Miller.

Forward Christian Doidge later flashed his effort just wide of the post from close range for the visitors following Brown's cross from the right.

On the hour, Miller weaved his way into the penalty area from the left for the Valiants but saw his fierce drive at an angle well saved by Ward.

Mark Cooper's side took the lead after 69 minutes when midfielder Brown slammed in a low right-footed shot which found Scott Brown's bottom left corner.

Brown notched his second deep in stoppage time to seal the victory, breaking on the counter attack following a Vale free-kick to lift the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper and into the net.

Forest Green are sixth, while Vale drop down to 21st in the fourth-tier.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Brown
  • 23ClarkBooked at 86mins
  • 15Smith
  • 5Legge
  • 14Crookes
  • 8Oyeleke
  • 4Joyce
  • 22ConlonSubstituted forHannantat 71'minutes
  • 7WorrallSubstituted forM Harrisat 81'minutes
  • 10Miller
  • 3Montaño

Substitutes

  • 6Kay
  • 11Hannant
  • 12Hornby
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 19M Harris
  • 24Whitfield
  • 33Howkins

Forest Green

Formation 3-5-2

  • 34Ward
  • 6Rawson
  • 16Gunning
  • 20Digby
  • 2Shephard
  • 7Winchester
  • 10Brown
  • 4JamesSubstituted forMondalat 54'minutes
  • 19McGinley
  • 9Doidge
  • 26ReidSubstituted forWilliamsat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Grubb
  • 11Williams
  • 13Montgomery
  • 17Pearce
  • 21McCoulsky
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 25Mondal
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
4,429

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 0, Forest Green Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Forest Green Rovers 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Port Vale 0, Forest Green Rovers 2. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner following a fast break.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by George Williams (Forest Green Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Luke Joyce (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

  11. Booking

    Mitchell Clark (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mitchell Clark (Port Vale).

  14. Post update

    Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ricky Miller (Port Vale).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Mark Harris replaces David Worrall.

  17. Post update

    Foul by George Williams (Forest Green Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Adam Crookes (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Smith (Port Vale).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City392213469363379
2Bury382011771413071
3MK Dons392091064402469
4Mansfield391715756332366
5Tranmere3818101056421464
6Forest Green3916131057391861
7Exeter3817101151371461
8Carlisle39177155951858
9Colchester39169145748957
10Swindon381412124746154
11Stevenage39159154549-454
12Crewe39158164849-153
13Northampton391216114950-152
14Newport37157154656-1052
15Grimsby39147184048-849
16Oldham371212135448648
17Cheltenham39139174957-848
18Crawley39127204058-1843
19Morecambe39119194462-1842
20Cambridge38119183456-2242
21Port Vale391011183345-1241
22Yeovil3999213656-2036
23Macclesfield38810204064-2434
24Notts County39712203872-3433
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