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Port Vale 2-1 Carlisle United

Mark Cullen scored a late winner as Port Vale claimed a narrow 2-1 comeback victory over Carlisle, having fallen behind after just 20 seconds at Vale Park.

Ryan Loft gave the visitors - who sacked manager Steven Pressley on Tuesday - an early lead before David Worrall and substitute Cullen's second-half strikes moved Vale up to eighth in Sky Bet League Two.

Carlisle, under caretaker boss Gavin Skelton, made the best-possible start when Loft met Gethin Jones' ball at the back post and tapped it past Vale goalkeeper Scott Brown.

They nearly doubled their lead after four minutes when Loft's cross fell to Mike Jones on the edge of the box, but his thunderbolt went just wide of the post.

At the other end, Jake Taylor's 25-yard effort cannoned off the woodwork and Carlisle goalkeeper Adam Collin made a stunning close-range save to keep out Ritchie Bennett.

The Valiants equalised on the hour when Worrall met James Gibbons' pass and poked the ball home.

And the hosts won it 13 minutes later when Carlisle defender Byron Webster completely missed Gibbons' ball into the box and Cullen was there to divert it home.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 2GibbonsBooked at 75mins
  • 5Legge
  • 15Smith
  • 11MontañoBooked at 87mins
  • 16Taylor
  • 4Joyce
  • 20BurgessSubstituted forCullenat 73'minutes
  • 19Amoo
  • 21BennettSubstituted forPopeat 57'minutes
  • 7WorrallSubstituted forBrowneat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Pope
  • 13Cullen
  • 17Browne
  • 18Evans
  • 22Lloyd
  • 28Brisley
  • 30Maddison

Carlisle

  • 1Collin
  • 14Jones
  • 23Branthwaite
  • 17Webster
  • 3Iredale
  • 7Thomas
  • 4CarrollBooked at 53minsSubstituted forSorensenat 88'minutes
  • 8Jones
  • 11McKirdy
  • 24OlomolaSubstituted forBridgeat 64'minutes
  • 25LoftBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 2Elliott
  • 5Mellish
  • 6Hayden
  • 19Bridge
  • 22Gray
  • 27Knight-Percival
  • 31Sorensen
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
4,783

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamCarlisle
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 2, Carlisle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Carlisle United 1.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Jack Bridge (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Elias Sorensen (Carlisle United).

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by James Gibbons.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Elias Sorensen replaces Canice Carroll.

Booking

Ryan Loft (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Cristian Montaño (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ryan Loft (Carlisle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Rhys Browne replaces David Worrall because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 2, Carlisle United 1. Mark Cullen (Port Vale) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Gibbons with a cross.

David Amoo (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Iredale (Carlisle United).

Attempt missed. Ryan Loft (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nathan Thomas.

Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Bridge.

Attempt blocked. Jake Taylor (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Legge with a headed pass.

Jake Taylor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Loft (Carlisle United).

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

James Gibbons (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Gibbons (Port Vale).

Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by James Gibbons.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Mark Cullen replaces Scott Burgess.

James Gibbons (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Bridge (Carlisle United).

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Loft.

Hand ball by Jake Taylor (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Harry McKirdy (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Bridge.

Foul by David Amoo (Port Vale).

Michael Jones (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Jack Bridge replaces Olufela Olomola.

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gethin Jones.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 1, Carlisle United 1. David Worrall (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Gibbons with a headed pass.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon1810353122933
2Forest Green179442011931
3Bradford169342415930
4Crewe179352722530
5Exeter188642320330
6Cheltenham1685327141329
7Northampton188462619728
8Port Vale187742423128
9Newport167631713427
10Colchester177552216626
11Plymouth177552520526
12Salford186662328-524
13Cambridge186572319423
14Mansfield185672625121
15Macclesfield175661720-321
16Crawley185672530-521
17Leyton Orient185582430-620
18Grimsby155462020019
19Scunthorpe184682325-218
20Carlisle1853101931-1218
21Walsall1853101426-1218
22Oldham173771826-816
23Morecambe1835101630-1414
24Stevenage172781221-913
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