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Port Vale 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

Gethin Jones was Bolton's unlikely hero as they beat Port Vale to continue their fine run.

Jones, who scored his first career goal in Wanderers' 6-3 defeat at home to Vale in December, hit his second in the reverse fixture to extend his side's unbeaten run to 11 games.

The in-form Wanderers came to Vale Park having taken 26 points from the previous 30 available.

But against a Valiants team woefully short of goals they struggled to create anything in attack themselves.

It took them more than an hour to finally make the breakthrough, when right-back Jones capitalised on good work from Oladapo Afolayan to find the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Theo Robinson had almost put Port Vale ahead on the stroke of half-time but his firm volley on the turn was narrowly wide of the near post.

In the second half, Vale's goalscoring problems continued and, after Jones had netted, they were unable to find a meaningful response, with Luke Joyce firing their best chance of rescuing a draw at keeper Matt Gilks.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Port Vale

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Brown
  • 15MillsBooked at 70minsSubstituted forTaylorat 80'minutes
  • 5LeggeBooked at 79mins
  • 6Smith
  • 3CrookesSubstituted forat 87'minutes
  • 7Worrall
  • 4JoyceSubstituted forOyelekeat 80'minutes
  • 10Conlon
  • 27HurstSubstituted forAmooat 69'minutes
  • 21RodneySubstituted forCullenat 80'minutes
  • 34SwanSubstituted forRobinsonat 31'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Oyeleke
  • 12Robinson
  • 13Cullen
  • 16Brisley
  • 17Taylor
  • 19Amoo
  • 32Scott

Bolton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13GilksBooked at 89mins
  • 2Jones
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 27Baptiste
  • 28John
  • 4Williams
  • 29Lee
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 10SarcevicSubstituted forIsgroveat 26'minutes
  • 30AfolayanSubstituted forGnahouaat 64'minutes
  • 9DoyleSubstituted forElbouzediat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Tutte
  • 20Miller
  • 21Brockbank
  • 23Isgrove
  • 24Gnahoua
  • 25Thomason
  • 31Elbouzedi
Referee:
Craig Hicks

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home10
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home19
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Nathan Smith.

  4. Post update

    Lloyd Isgrove (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by David Amoo (Port Vale).

  6. Post update

    Kieran Lee (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by David Amoo (Port Vale).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Port Vale. Mark Cullen tries a through ball, but Theo Robinson is caught offside.

  9. Booking

    Matthew Gilks (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Matthew Gilks (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Theo Robinson (Port Vale).

  12. Post update

    Adam Crookes went off injured after Port Vale had used all subs.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Nathan Delfouneso tries a through ball, but Zak Elbouzedi is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Adam Crookes.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Zak Elbouzedi replaces Eoin Doyle.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Mark Cullen replaces Devante Rodney.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Jake Taylor replaces Zak Mills.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Manny Oyeleke replaces Luke Joyce.

  19. Booking

    Leon Legge (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Eoin Doyle (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham34188846311562
2Cambridge361871154342061
3Forest Green341710749361361
4Newport34169945341157
5Tranmere33176104638857
6Bolton35169104542357
7Morecambe35168115049156
8Exeter331411857381953
9Salford331311941271450
10Crawley33148114440450
11Harrogate35146154040048
12Carlisle31145124437747
13Bradford33138123838047
14Leyton Orient34128143839-144
15Stevenage36916112831-343
16Mansfield34913124145-440
17Oldham34117165160-940
18Scunthorpe33124173443-940
19Walsall33814113642-638
20Colchester34813133348-1537
21Port Vale3598184350-735
22Barrow3288163641-532
23Southend3579192149-2830
24Grimsby3368192452-2826
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