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Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Port Vale

Port Vale ended local rivals Crewe's seven-game unbeaten run in League Two thanks to Jake Taylor's second-half effort.

A tight derby match was settled on the hour mark by Taylor's close-range finish, leaving Crewe still to beat Vale on home turf in their last four meetings and dropping down to fourth.

Vale went close early on when Richie Bennett's close-range header from a corner was cleared off the line by Paul Green.

Crewe's first threat almost ended in a freak goal for Charlie Kirk with the attacker's driven cross catching out Scott Brown and clipping the far post.

Clear chances were at a premium, but Crewe found room around the Vale box to get shots away as Green fired high over, with Kirk going closer with an effort which flew wide.

The Alex were on the front foot at the start of the second half with Brown spilling Green's angled shot before the veteran got on the end of Kirk's cross, heading just wide at the far post.

Against the run of play, Vale took the lead with Taylor reacting the quickest to poke home from inside the six-yard box after Will Jaaskelainen pushed Nathan Smith's header from a corner onto the post.

Crewe responded well but leading scorer Chris Porter ballooned an effort over from 12 yards.

Vale were close to doubling their advantage as substitute Tom Pope's downward header was scrambled onto the bar by Jaaskelainen.

Brown preserved the visitors' lead by pushing out Porter's close-range header in the closing minutes.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 15Hunt
  • 6Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 12GreenSubstituted forAneneat 75'minutes
  • 4Wintle
  • 16LowerySubstituted forJonesat 82'minutes
  • 11AinleySubstituted forDaleat 63'minutes
  • 9Porter
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 17Anene
  • 19Dale
  • 23Johnson
  • 25Adebisi

Port Vale

  • 1BrownBooked at 90mins
  • 2Gibbons
  • 5LeggeBooked at 80mins
  • 15Smith
  • 11MontañoSubstituted forEvansat 69'minutes
  • 20Burgess
  • 4Joyce
  • 16Taylor
  • 19Amoo
  • 21BennettSubstituted forPopeat 60'minutes
  • 7Worrall

Substitutes

  • 9Pope
  • 13Cullen
  • 17Browne
  • 18Evans
  • 28Brisley
  • 29Archer
  • 30Maddison
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
7,705

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Port Vale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Port Vale 1.

Attempt missed. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Scott Brown (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra).

David Amoo (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Ryan Wintle tries a through ball, but Charlie Kirk is caught offside.

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

Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Owen Dale with a cross.

Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Joyce (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. David Worrall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Pope.

Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Offside, Port Vale. David Amoo tries a through ball, but James Gibbons is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. James Jones replaces Tommy Lowery.

Booking

Leon Legge (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leon Legge (Port Vale).

Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Burgess (Port Vale).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Callum Evans.

Attempt blocked. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. David Amoo (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luke Joyce with a headed pass.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Will Jaaskelainen.

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Worrall with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chuma Anene replaces Paul Green.

Foul by Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra).

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Wintle with a cross.

Attempt saved. Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Callum Evans replaces Cristian Montaño.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by James Gibbons.

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Forest Green1694320101031
2Bradford169342415930
3Swindon179352820830
4Crewe169342618830
5Exeter178542320329
6Cheltenham1584327141328
7Newport167631713427
8Colchester177552216626
9Northampton177462218425
10Port Vale176742222025
11Salford176652125-424
12Cambridge176562217523
13Plymouth166552420423
14Mansfield175572625120
15Macclesfield165561720-320
16Leyton Orient175572428-420
17Crawley175572429-520
18Grimsby155462020019
19Carlisle175391829-1118
20Oldham173771826-816
21Scunthorpe173682125-415
22Walsall1743101225-1315
23Stevenage172781221-913
24Morecambe1734101529-1413
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