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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


Port Vale

Formation 4-3-3

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


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


Formation 4-4-2

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


  • 2Elliott
  • 5Mellish
  • 6Hayden
  • 19Bridge
  • 22Gray
  • 27Knight-Percival
  • 31Sorensen
Martin Coy

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamCarlisle
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 2, Carlisle United 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Elias Sorensen (Carlisle United).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by James Gibbons.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. Elias Sorensen replaces Canice Carroll.

  10. Booking

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

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Loft (Carlisle United).

  14. Substitution

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

  15. 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.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jack Iredale (Carlisle United).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

    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.