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Exeter City 2-0 Port Vale

Exeter City got their play-off bid back on track with a comfortable win against a poor Port Vale at St James Park.

It was a great start for the Grecians, with Ryan Bowman winning a penalty for his side inside two minutes after he was manhandled in the penalty area by Kyle Howkins.

Nicky Law took the spot-kick, sending Scott Brown the wrong way with a composed effort.

Brown had to be at his best to keep out Jake Taylor, Lee Holmes and Hiram Boateng as Exeter's dominance continued and they were denied a second goal early in the second half when Bowman was ruled offside after tapping in Boateng's saved shot.

However, Boateng did make it 2-0 in the 55th minute with a stunner. He chested a long ball over his head, turned and sent an incredible dipping volley over Brown and into the far corner from 20 yards.

Boateng poked wide after good work by Bowman and Dara O'Shea headed wide for Exeter. At the other end, Port Vale struggled to create anything that seriously threatened Christy Pym's goal.

The win means there is a four-point gap between Exeter, in seventh, and Carlisle in eighth.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 4O'Shea
  • 39BrownBooked at 68mins
  • 3WoodmanBooked at 34mins
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forWilliamsat 65'minutes
  • 27CollinsBooked at 33mins
  • 25Taylor
  • 44BoatengSubstituted forMartinat 79'minutes
  • 8Law
  • 12Bowman

Substitutes

  • 7Martin
  • 11Williams
  • 13Hamon
  • 14Forte
  • 17Jay
  • 19Wilson
  • 21Moxey

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 23Clark
  • 33Howkins
  • 15Smith
  • 14Crookes
  • 11HannantBooked at 22minsSubstituted forWhitfieldat 83'minutes
  • 6KaySubstituted forJoyceat 52'minutes
  • 22Conlon
  • 7Worrall
  • 10MillerSubstituted forPopeat 52'minutes
  • 3MontañoBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Joyce
  • 5Legge
  • 9Pope
  • 12Hornby
  • 19M Harris
  • 21Vassell
  • 24Whitfield
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
4,013

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 2, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Port Vale 0.

Foul by Lee Martin (Exeter City).

Kyle Howkins (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Booking

Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Randell Williams (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Port Vale).

Dara O'Shea (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Howkins (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lee Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Whitfield replaces Luke Hannant.

Attempt missed. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high following a set piece situation.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

Attempt blocked. Troy Brown (Exeter City) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Luke Joyce.

Foul by Randell Williams (Exeter City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Lee Martin replaces Hiram Boateng.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

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

Attempt saved. Luke Hannant (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Troy Brown (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Randell Williams (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Crookes (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Randell Williams replaces Lee Holmes.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

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

Hand ball by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

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

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Port Vale 0. Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Woodman.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Tom Pope replaces Ricky Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Luke Joyce replaces Antony Kay.

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ricky Miller (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City422315473383584
2Bury4221111076502674
3Mansfield421916762352773
4MK Dons422191267452272
5Tranmere4220111161451671
6Forest Green4218131162422067
7Exeter4218111357451265
8Carlisle42187176259361
9Colchester42179165852660
10Swindon421515125350360
11Stevenage42179165052-260
12Newport41179155257-560
13Oldham4115131362501258
14Crewe42168185253-156
15Northampton421218125355-254
16Cheltenham421411175460-653
17Grimsby42148204153-1250
18Port Vale421211193648-1247
19Morecambe421211194764-1747
20Crawley42137224261-1946
21Cambridge42129213761-2445
22Macclesfield42912214570-2539
23Yeovil42910233861-2337
24Notts County42813214377-3437
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