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Port Vale 1-0 Plymouth Argyle

Nathan Smith's second-half goal earned Port Vale victory over Plymouth.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until defender Smith met Richie Bennett's short cross and headed the ball in from close range.

Ryan Lowe's Plymouth, now without a win in three league games, had the better of the opening period, with Byron Moore's effort parried by goalkeeper Scott Brown.

Vale used all three of their substitutes in the first half when David Amoo, Tom Conlon and Callum Evans were forced off through injury.

John Askey's side upped the ante in the second half, with Leon Legge closest to breaking the deadlock for Vale, heading over the crossbar, moments after Cristian Montano drew a fine save from Plymouth goalkeeper Alex Palmer.

Former Vale forward Moore and Danny Mayor went close for the visitors before Smith's 76th-minute winner.

Montano then missed a gilt-edged chance to kill the game, but Smith's strike proved to be enough for Vale.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 2GibbonsBooked at 6mins
  • 5Legge
  • 15Smith
  • 3Crookes
  • 7Worrall
  • 4Joyce
  • 10ConlonSubstituted forEvansat 24'minutesSubstituted forBrowneat 35'minutes
  • 19AmooSubstituted forTaylorat 19'minutes
  • 21Bennett
  • 11Montaño

Substitutes

  • 6Kennedy
  • 9Pope
  • 13Cullen
  • 16Taylor
  • 17Browne
  • 18Evans
  • 30Maddison

Plymouth

  • 24Palmer
  • 5Wootton
  • 6CanavanBooked at 47mins
  • 25Grant
  • 14Baxter
  • 8EdwardsSubstituted forCooperat 77'minutes
  • 7Sarcevic
  • 10MayorBooked at 43mins
  • 21McFadzeanSubstituted forRuddenat 77'minutes
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forTelfordat 64'minutes
  • 17Moore

Substitutes

  • 1Cooper
  • 3Sawyer
  • 4Aimson
  • 11Telford
  • 15Grant
  • 32Cooper
  • 39Rudden
Referee:
Marc Edwards
Attendance:
5,275

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Josh Grant.

Foul by Scott Wootton (Plymouth Argyle).

Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by George Cooper.

Attempt missed. Rhys Browne (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Joyce.

Attempt saved. David Worrall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rhys Browne.

Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Richie Bennett.

Foul by Rhys Browne (Port Vale).

Josh Grant (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. George Cooper replaces Joe Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Zak Rudden replaces Callum McFadzean.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Plymouth Argyle 0. Nathan Smith (Port Vale) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Richie Bennett following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Jose Baxter (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt blocked. Jake Taylor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Gibbons with a cross.

Attempt blocked. David Worrall (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristian Montaño.

Jose Baxter (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Port Vale).

Dominic Telford (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Joyce (Port Vale).

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle).

Richie Bennett (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Luke Joyce.

Attempt blocked. Josh Grant (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jose Baxter with a cross.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Adam Crookes.

Attempt missed. Josh Grant (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jose Baxter with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Rhys Browne.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Dominic Telford replaces Ryan Taylor.

Foul by Rhys Browne (Port Vale).

Josh Grant (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum McFadzean (Plymouth Argyle).

Rhys Browne (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Callum McFadzean.

Attempt missed. Leon Legge (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Worrall with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Alex Palmer.

Attempt saved. Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Taylor.

Attempt missed. Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Taylor.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by James Gibbons.

Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter8530126618
2Swindon8521178917
3Forest Green851275216
4Newport843174315
5Crewe85031110115
6Cheltenham8422147714
7Bradford842295414
8Crawley8422129314
9Grimsby83321511412
10Port Vale8332910-112
11Plymouth8323129311
12Cambridge832399011
13Macclesfield832399011
14Northampton831498110
15Carlisle83141115-410
16Mansfield823310919
17Colchester823367-19
18Leyton Orient82331014-49
19Salford81521012-28
20Oldham8134712-56
21Walsall813439-66
22Morecambe8134815-76
23Scunthorpe8116815-74
24Stevenage8035613-73
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