Port Vale v Burnley
At Vale Park
Tuesday 11th August 2015
Capital One Cup
Attendance: 4,634 Including 909 visiting supporters
Vale progressed into the second round of the Capital One Cup with a well-earned win over Burnley following an impressive performance at Vale Park.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche fielded a strong side and made Vale work hard for their victory, but unlike Vale’s opening League One fixture against Crewe Alex Vale were rewarded for a hard working display.
Byron Moore’s 82nd minute strike separated the two sides, with the winger slamming home a loose ball after visiting ‘keeper Matt Gilks failed to deal with Sam Kelly’s cross.
Rob Page decided on two changes to his starting eleven to face Championship Burnley in Vale’s opening home fixture of the season.
Sam Kelly and Uche Ikpeazu made way for Ajay Leitch-Smith and Enoch Andoh to make their full debuts for the club as the manager freshened things up a little.
Vale matched the visitors in the early stages of the game, in what was turning out to be a keenly contested affair, with players from both sides showing some urgency.
Vale’s Anthony Grant found himself in the referee’s notebook in the 8th minute, picking up a yellow card for what seemed to be a rather innocuous challenge just over the halfway line.
Vale were not too far off opening the scores when Sam Foley forced his way through before finding Enoch Andoh on the left side of the 18 yard box.
The winger elected to hit it first time and his shot wasn’t too far off the target, going just over the crossbar with Clarets’ ‘keeper Matt Gilks wrong footed.
Vale were playing some neat passing football, keeping possession well, but seldom causing the visitors problems in the final third of the pitch.
Neither ‘keeper had a lot to do, but when Jak Alnwick was called upon in the 30 the minute, he stretched to push away a left wing cross to his left,
Burnley’s George Boyd was well-placed to get on the end of the loose ball, but Vale skipper Carl Dickinson closed down quickly to make the block.
There was a half chance for the Vale five minutes before the half time interval when Byron Moore crossed the ball into the box from the right, but Louis Dodds’ glancing header sailed harmlessly past the far post.
Burnley’s Matt Taylor and Tendayi Darikwa were both booked for challenges on the tricky Enoch Andoh in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half.
In-between those two yellow cards the visitors carved out a goal scoring opportunity when Boyd forced his way inside on the right to put the ball inside the Vale box.
Michael Kightly was quick to react with a first time shot, but Ryan Inniss threw himself into the challenge, blocking the former Stoke winger’s effort just inside the 18 yard box.
Burnley were having more of the ball in the second half and they went close again when Kightly fired in a shot through a crowd of players.
Alnwick, in the Vale goal, obviously saw it late and it appeared to strike the Vale ‘keeper, rather than the stopper making the save.
Vale made their second change in the 70th minute with Uche Ikpeazu coming off the bench in a straight swap for Ajay Leitch-Smith.
Ten minutes later Vale made their third and final change – Andoh being replaced by Sam Kelly.
GOAL:Two minutes later Vale went in front when Gilks pushed away a cross from Kelly and BYRON MOORE was on hand to slam home the loose ball.
Burnley threw bodies forward in numbers in desperate search of an equalising goal, but it failed to materialise and Vale hung on for a well-deserved victory.
PORT VALE:Jak Alnwick, Ben Purkiss, Carl Dickinson, Remie Streete, Richard Duffy, Louis Dodds, Sam Foley, Byron Moore, Ajay Leitch-Smith, Enoch Andoh, Anthony Grant. SUBS: Sam Johnson, Chris Birchall, Uche Ikpeazu, Colin Daniel, Michael Brown, Sam Kelly, Ryan Inniss
BURNLEY: Matt Gilks, Matthew Taylor, Scott Arfield, Jelle Vossen, Tendayi Darikwa, Michael Kightly, Ben Mee, Sam Vokes, George Boyd, Michael Duff, Stephen Ward. SUBS: Tom Heaton, David Jones, Marvin Sorvell, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Tom Anderson, Cameron Dummigan, Brad Jackson
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