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Forest Green Rovers 2-3 Port Vale

Nine-man Port Vale remained outside the play-offs on goal difference as they survived a late scare to hand Forest Green a fifth consecutive home defeat.

Vale led 3-0 and were coasting with three minutes to go until two late red cards put the game in the balance with Forest Green captain Carl Winchester pulling a goal back from the penalty spot on 77 minutes and then planting a header home in the fifth minute of added time.

Mitchell Clark was shown a straight red for Vale when sliding in on Liam Kitching with three minutes to go and two-goal Tom Pope joined him in the sixth minute of injury-time for catching Ebou Adams.

Earlier, Vale opened the scoring after 14 minutes when David Worrall's corner dropped to Shaun Brisley who rifled the ball into the roof of Scott Logan's net

Vale made it 2-0 with eight minutes of the first half to go. Rovers striker Matty Stevens passed the ball inadvertently to Worrall who picked out Pope who finished clinically.

Pope had appeared to have killed the game after 70 minutes, smashing home a penalty when Adams upended Mitchell Clark from behind.

Adams won a penalty for Rovers after 77 minutes under a challenge from Luke Joyce and Winchester struck from the spot.

With Vale down to nine men, Winchester struck again in the fifth minute of injury time.

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Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 26Logan
  • 3BernardSubstituted forDawsonat 61'minutes
  • 6Rawson
  • 20KitchingBooked at 45mins
  • 30Stokes
  • 42BaileySubstituted forAitchisonat 23'minutes
  • 7Winchester
  • 14Adams
  • 17Frear
  • 9StevensSubstituted forCollinsat 75'minutes
  • 28March

Substitutes

  • 10Collins
  • 11Williams
  • 15Hall
  • 18Dawson
  • 19McGinley
  • 24Thomas
  • 29Aitchison

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 24ClarkBooked at 87mins
  • 5LeggeBooked at 83mins
  • 28BrisleyBooked at 84mins
  • 11MontañoBooked at 80mins
  • 20BurgessSubstituted forOyelekeat 76'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 10ConlonSubstituted forAtkinsonat 71'minutes
  • 7Worrall
  • 9PopeBooked at 90mins
  • 17Browne

Substitutes

  • 8Oyeleke
  • 12Atkinson
  • 13Cullen
  • 15Smith
  • 18Evans
  • 21Bennett
  • 30Maddison
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
1,682

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away28

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Port Vale 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Port Vale 3.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Aitchison.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Port Vale 3. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Elliott Frear with a cross following a corner.

Booking

Tom Pope (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Attempt blocked. Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Foul by Josh March (Forest Green Rovers).

Scott Brown (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliott Frear with a cross.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Shaun Brisley.

Dismissal

Mitchell Clark (Port Vale) is shown the red card.

Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mitchell Clark (Port Vale).

Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

Will Atkinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Manny Oyeleke.

Booking

Shaun Brisley (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun Brisley (Port Vale).

Booking

Leon Legge (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Elliott Frear.

Booking

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

Kevin Dawson (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cristian Montaño (Port Vale).

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Port Vale 3. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Forest Green Rovers. Ebou Adams draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Luke Joyce (Port Vale) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Manny Oyeleke replaces Scott Burgess.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Aaron Collins replaces Matt Stevens.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Rhys Browne.

Foul by Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers).

Scott Burgess (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon33196857362163
2Crewe32187759382161
3Exeter32179647341360
4Plymouth31176851351657
5Colchester331313747311652
6Northampton321571045331252
7Cheltenham311312645252051
8Bradford33131284033751
9Port Vale33131284340351
10Forest Green33129124038245
11Salford331011124344-141
12Cambridge33118143643-741
13Newport301010102726140
14Crawley33913114546-140
15Walsall33117153244-1240
16Grimsby31911113639-338
17Leyton Orient33911134250-838
18Scunthorpe3399154150-936
19Oldham33812133651-1536
20Carlisle32810143350-1734
21Mansfield33711154553-832
22Morecambe3379173154-2330
23Macclesfield32714112936-729
24Stevenage33313172344-2122
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