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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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Josh Grant.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Scott Wootton (Plymouth Argyle).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Rhys Browne (Port Vale).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. George Cooper replaces Joe Edwards.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Zak Rudden replaces Callum McFadzean.

  14. 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.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Jose Baxter (Plymouth Argyle).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jake Taylor (Port Vale).

  20. Post update

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