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Port Vale 1-3 Walsall

Elijah Adebayo scored two goals to help secure Walsall a much-needed victory at Port Vale.

The Saddlers claimed their first win in six thanks to their leading scorer, who reached 10 for the season with his double.

The visitors led after six minutes as Adebayo pounced on Alfie Bates' ball over the top to roll it in as goalkeeper Scott Brown and centre-back Nathan Smith both hesitated.

Port Vale had struggled to make any headway in the first half but drew level in the 33rd minute, with a goal to leave Walsall keeper Liam Roberts red faced.

Perhaps unsighted, Roberts somehow allowed Tom Conlon's drilled free-kick from a central position 35 yards out to evade him and hit the middle of the net.

But Adebayo restored the lead 10 minutes into the second half, heading in Tyreik Wright's cross to take his personal tally to six from his six games against the Valiants.

Victory was sealed with a calamitous own goal by Port Vale, Brown failing to control David Fitzpatrick's backpass and allowing it to roll into the bottom corner of the goal.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Brown
  • 15MillsSubstituted forGibbonsat 85'minutes
  • 16Brisley
  • 6SmithBooked at 75mins
  • 24Fitzpatrick
  • 17TaylorSubstituted forBurgessat 86'minutes
  • 4JoyceSubstituted forCullenat 72'minutes
  • 10ConlonBooked at 60mins
  • 19AmooSubstituted forHurstat 66'minutes
  • 14Guthrie
  • 7Worrall

Substitutes

  • 2Gibbons
  • 3Crookes
  • 13Cullen
  • 20Burgess
  • 27Hurst
  • 29Bailey
  • 31Collinge

Walsall

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Roberts
  • 24WhiteSubstituted forVincentat 75'minutes
  • 6Scarr
  • 4Sadler
  • 3Jules
  • 12BatesSubstituted forSinclairat 62'minutes
  • 8KinsellaBooked at 79mins
  • 27WrightSubstituted forNormanat 70'minutes
  • 10GordonBooked at 71mins
  • 15McDonald
  • 11AdebayoSubstituted forLaveryat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 7Sinclair
  • 9Lavery
  • 14Cockerill-Mollett
  • 23Osadebe
  • 28Vincent
  • 29Reid
Referee:
Lee Swabey

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 1, Walsall 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Walsall 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Port Vale).

  4. Post update

    Cameron Norman (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Liam Kinsella with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kurtis Guthrie (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Conlon (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Cullen with a headed pass.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Port Vale).

  9. Post update

    Mat Sadler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Port Vale. Kurtis Guthrie tries a through ball, but Mark Cullen is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Frank Vincent.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Scott Burgess replaces Jake Taylor.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. James Gibbons replaces Zak Mills.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Zak Jules.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Conlon (Port Vale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Worrall.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Liam Kinsella.

  17. Post update

    Shaun Brisley (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart Sinclair following a set piece situation.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Brisley (Port Vale).