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Port Vale 0-1 Walsall

Ten-man Port Vale suffered their first home league defeat of the season as they lost to struggling Walsall.

Tom Conlon was sent off for an apparent elbow on Josh Gordon in the 82nd minute after Elijah Adebayo had scored the only goal at Vale Park.

Both sides battled in an opening period that lacked any real quality.

Jake Taylor squandered a decent chance when he nodded Callum Evans' cross wide.

Just before the break Cristian Montano's deflected strike flew just wide as the hosts started to pile on the pressure.

But it was the struggling Saddlers who broke the deadlock seconds after the restart.

Wesley McDonald did well to deliver a teasing ball across the face of goal, with Adebayo on hand to tap home from close range.

Just before the hour Smith tamely headed wide from a good position.

And Smith failed to divert a header goalwards after powering Conlon's corner over at the back post.

With 10 minutes left Leon Legge was inches away from grabbing an equaliser when he saw his effort from Conlon's corner come back off the post.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 2Gibbons
  • 5Legge
  • 15Smith
  • 18EvansSubstituted forCullenat 53'minutes
  • 16Taylor
  • 12AtkinsonSubstituted forBennettat 77'minutes
  • 10ConlonBooked at 82mins
  • 19Amoo
  • 9Pope
  • 11Montaño

Substitutes

  • 13Cullen
  • 20Burgess
  • 21Bennett
  • 22Lloyd
  • 25Trickett-Smith
  • 29Archer
  • 30Maddison

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 24Facey
  • 6Scarr
  • 4Sadler
  • 5J Clarke
  • 8Kinsella
  • 16GuthrieSubstituted forHoldenat 52'minutes
  • 7Sinclair
  • 25McDonald
  • 10GordonBooked at 66minsSubstituted forGaffneyat 85'minutes
  • 11AdebayoSubstituted forLaveryat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 9Lavery
  • 13Rose
  • 15Holden
  • 20Bates
  • 26Liddle
  • 30Gaffney
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
5,079

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home0
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 0, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Walsall 1.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by James Gibbons.

Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jake Taylor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Jake Taylor (Port Vale).

Foul by David Amoo (Port Vale).

Dan Scarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mark Cullen (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jake Taylor.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Port Vale).

Stuart Sinclair (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Rory Gaffney replaces Josh Gordon.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

Dismissal

Tom Conlon (Port Vale) is shown the red card.

Foul by Tom Conlon (Port Vale).

Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Liam Kinsella.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Richie Bennett replaces Will Atkinson.

Attempt blocked. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Clarke with a cross.

Offside, Walsall. Mat Sadler tries a through ball, but Rory Holden is caught offside.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Cristian Montaño.

Attempt blocked. Liam Kinsella (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Dan Scarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Caolan Lavery replaces Elijah Adebayo.

Booking

Josh Gordon (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Nathan Smith (Port Vale) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Tom Conlon with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

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

Foul by Shay Facey (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Tom Conlon (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Will Atkinson.

Attempt blocked. Jake Taylor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Conlon.

Attempt missed. Leon Legge (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Conlon following a set piece situation.

Mark Cullen (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

Foul by David Amoo (Port Vale).

goal

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