PORT VALE:Chris Neal, Adam Yates, John McCombe, Doug Loft, Louis Dodds, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Ashley Vincent, Tom Pope, Chris Shuker, Joe Davis, Sam Morsy. SUBS: Sam Johnson, Ben Williamson, Darren Murphy, Ryan Lloyd, Ryan Burge, Richard Duffy, Clayton
BURNLEY:Lee Grant, Kieran Trippier, Jason Shacknall, Chris McCann, Ross Wallace, Dean Marney, Junior Stanislas, Joe Mills, David Edgar, Brian Stock, Charlie Austin. SUBS: Brian Jensen, Michael Duff, Luke O’Neill, Alex Macdonald, Kev Long, Steve Hewitt, Ben Mee
Attendance:4,055 including 653 visitors
Looking smart in their new bright pink kit, Vale started brightly, taking the lead in the 9th minute when a 25 yard free kick taken by CHRIS SHUKER took Clarets’ ‘keeper Lee Grant by surprise.
Vale were awarded a free kick when Ashley Vincent was fouled a few yards outside the 18 yard box. Shuker drove the ball through a mass of bodies into the far corner of the net.
Unfortunately their lead didn’t last long.Burnleywere on level terms within two minutes, when CHRIS McCANN met a right wing corner with a firm header to beat Chris Neal from close range.
Ross Wallace went close for the visitors when his 25 yard shot dipped late, but Neal was on his toes, pushing the ball over his crossbar at the expense of a corner kick.
Burnleywent in front in the 29th minute when a bad mistake by Joe Davis gifted the ball to Dean Marney, who played in team mate CHARLIE AUSTIN for a simple strike from 15 yards.
The initial ball fromDaviswas intended for goalkeeper Chris Neal, but the pass didn’t have enough weight it to give the Vale ‘keeper a chance.
In the 42nd minute the visitors increased their lead when DEAN MARNEY was allowed to walk into the box with Vale defenders backing off, before smashing the ball into the top corner of the net.
Vale made a change at the start of the second half when Clayton McDonald came on to replace Joe Davis in the heart of the Vale defence. A second substitution on 51 minutes saw Ryan Burge come on for Chris Shuker.
Vale stepped things up, puttingBurnleyon the back foot and both Louis Dodds and Jennison Myrie-Williams went close to pulling a goal back for the home side.
Burnley ‘keeper Lee Grant just managed to touch a rasping drive from Dodds over the bar, then a low angled shot from Myrie-Williams tickled the goalkeeper’s fingers before going out for a corner kick.
Vale went their closest yet to pulling a goal back when Louis Dodds met a left wing cross from skipper Doug Loft in the 80th minute.
His header had ‘goal’ written all over it, but Grant made an instinctive save, pushing the ball against his crossbar.
Vale made their third and final substitution just seconds later when Ben Williamson was thrown into the mix in place of Ashley Vincent.