Match ends, Port Vale 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.
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
- 2GibbonsBooked at 6mins
- 10ConlonSubstituted forEvansat 24'minutesSubstituted forBrowneat 35'minutes
- 19AmooSubstituted forTaylorat 19'minutes
- 6CanavanBooked at 47mins
- 8EdwardsSubstituted forCooperat 77'minutes
- 10MayorBooked at 43mins
- 21McFadzeanSubstituted forRuddenat 77'minutes
- 9TaylorSubstituted forTelfordat 64'minutes
- Marc Edwards
- Shots on Target
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, Plymouth Argyle. George Cooper replaces Joe Edwards.
Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Zak Rudden replaces Callum McFadzean.
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.