Plymouth Argyle v Port Vale
PLYMOUTH:Jake Cole, Durrell Berry, Robbie Williams, Maxime Blanchard, Darren Purse, Conor Hourihane, Luke Young, Warren Feeney, Onismor Bhasera, Paul Wotton, Alex McDonald. SUBS: Ollie Chenoweth, Curtis Nelson, Guy Madjo, Joe Lennox, Matt Lecointe, Andres Gurrieri, Johnnt Gorman.
PORT VALE:Chris Neal, John McCombe, Doug Loft, Louis Dodds, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Ashley Vincent, Tom Pope, Clayton McDonald, Chris Shuker, Sam Morsy, Richard Duffy. SUBS: Adam Yates, Rob Taylor, Gareth Owen, Sam Johnson, Ben Williamson, Ryan Lloyd, Ryan Burge
ATTENDANCE: 6,080 including 203 visiting supporters
Unsurprisingly, Vale started with the same side that beatRotherhamcomprehensively in their last outing – it was the seventh consecutive game the Valiants were unchanged.
Vale looked quite comfortable and extremely organised in the opening minutes of the game, coping well with anything the home side could muster up.
Vale knocked the ball around well when in possession and there always seemed to be a spare Vale shirt when the home side had the ball.
Vale were having to soak up a lot of play inside their own half of the pitch and the home side took full advantage in the 17th minute when, rather ironically, ROBBIE WILLIAMS found the net from all of 25 yards to give Argyle the lead.
Chris Neal was forced into a save when Onismor Bhasera hit a stinging 25 yard drive, bt it would be wrong to suggest that the home side were on top.
Plymouth ‘keeper Jake Cole got down well to make a one-handed save to keep out an angled shot from Myrie-Williams as Vale looked to get back on level termas.
Alex MacDonald was pulling all of the strings for the home side, often cutting in from the right to cause Vale problems, and he went close with a cross-come-shot which Neal did well to push away.
The visitors managed to work the ball inside thePlymouth18 yard box on several occasions, but instead of attempting to work the ‘keeper, there were guilty of trying to walk it in.
Despite al of Vale’s attacking intentions, goalkeeper Jake Cole had very little to do, with Vale seldom hitting the target.
Cole watched as a 20 yard shot from Louis Dodds lifted over the crossbar and strolled nonchalantly off his line to collect a through ball from Sam Morsy, intended for Tom Pope.
Early on in the second half, Dodds was allowed to turn in the box. Cole made the save, but couldn’t hold on to it, allowing Ashley Vincent the opportunity to shoot, but the winger mis-hit the ball.
Then a free kick at the other end, hit by Wotton wide on the left, evaded everybody, and Neal, unsighted, did well to get down and make the save.
Vale then upped the anti, desperate to find an equaliser, pinning the home side deep inside their own half for a spell.
Vale attempted to change things with a double substitution on 62 minutes. On came Ben Williamson for Dodds and Ryan Burge replaced Chris Shuker in the middle of the park.
Vale didn’t have too long to wait before they finally drew level in the 66th minute when Ashley Vincent went down in the box.
JENNISON MYRIE-WILLIAMSplaced the ball on the penalty spot and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way, striking the ball low to Cole’s left.
Neal was called upon to keep Vale level a couple of minutes later, getting down smartly to his left to push a shot around the upright.
Vale were looking more lively by now and it didn’t come as too much of a surprise when they got their noses in front in the 74th minute.
Tom Pope played a delightful through ball for Myrie-Williams to latch on to down the right, and the winger spotted ASHLEY VINCENT coming in from the left. He picked him out and Vincent slammed the ball into the back of the net.
Four minutes later Vale extended their lead when a cross-come-shot from Vincent saw BEN WILLIAMSON claim his first goal of the season from close range.
Vale made their third change in the 80th minute with Rob Taylor coming on to replace Ashley Vincent.
Rob Taylor had a decent opportunity to grab a fourth goal for the Valiants following a jinking run inside the box from Myrie-Williams, but hit the ball over the bar from close range.