Port Vale v Scunthorpe United
Saturday 27th August 2016
At Vale Park
Attendance: 4,557 including 373 visiting supporters
Bruno Ribeiro’s man played some scintillating football at times to impose themselves on a Scunthorpe United side who suffered their first defeat in the league since 2nd April.
Anton Forrester fired the Valiants ahead in the 33rd minute, but Vale let things slip when they allowed to visitors to equalise with a rather farcical free kick two minutes into first half stoppage time.
However, a second half brace from on loan Alex Jones, along with a man of the match display from winger Jerome Thomas, saw Vale pick up three valuable points.
Vale were forced to sit back and soak up the early pressure as the visitors went looking for a
goal right from the off, but apart from a Josh Morris shot that was charged down by Remie Streete Scunthorpe did little to threaten Jak Alnwick’s goal.
Vale began to venture forward and looked quite threatening, whilst leaving themselves open to counter-attacks, but the Valiants were dealt a blow in the 15th minute when Paulo Tavares pulled up injured.
Despite receiving treatment on the pitch, we was forced to limp off and Sebastien Amoros was called upon to take up his position in the Vale midfield.
Vale were sure they would be awarded a spot kick when, in the 17th minute of the game, Jerome Thomas appeared to have been brought down inside the box, but the referee was having none of it.
At this stage of the game, Vale were bossing things, though they did little to test visiting ‘keeper Luke Daniels, despite pressing hard in the final third.
Although the ever dangerous Kevin van Veen, scorer of several goals already this season, had been well marshalled by Nathan Smith right from the start, he managed to find room for an angled shot, which Jak Alnwick duly palmed away.
GOAL:Vale were pressing hard and they finally got their reward in the 33rd minute when a neat move produced a smart ball from Sam Foley to ANTON FORRESTER, who made no mistake from 12 yards.
Vale continued to have the better of the game, but the visitors levelled rather controversially two minutes into stoppage time after the game had been held up while the referee had words with Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander.
GOAL:With Josh Morris waiting to take the free kick, on the right hand side of the Vale box, play eventually resumed and Morris hit a tame ball which went past everybody, including Vale ‘keeper Jak Alnwick.
Despite that set-back, Vale started the second half brightly and within three minutes of the restart managed to get their noses in front once more.
GOAL:Jerome Thomas showed that he still has all of his skills, running at his man on the left, teasing, going one way and the other before cutting inside and crossing towards the far post and ALEX JONES volleyed home for his first goal for the club.
The visitors were reduced to ten men in the 56th minute when Jordan Clarke picked up his second yellow card and boss Graham Alexander was also ordered off following his protests.
Vale’s latest signing, Martin Paterson, came off the bench to make his Port Vale debut in the 71 st minute, Anton Forrester leaving the field to make way.
Paterson almost had an immediate when his hit a low 20 yard drive that Daniels was pleased to be able to touch around the post.
GOAL:But it was ALEX JONES who hit the headlines after netting his second goal of the game, to wrap up the three points for the Valiants in the 85th minute.
PORT VALE: Jak Alnwick, Ben Purkiss, Remie Streete, Nathan Smith, Kjell Knops, Paulo Tavares, Anthony Grant, Jerome Thomas, Sam Foley, Alex Jones, Anton Forrester. SUBS: Ryan Boot, Calvin Mac-Intosch, Rigino Cicilia, Martin Paterson, Quentin Pereira, Sebastien Amoros, Sam Hart.
SCUNTHORPE UNITED:Luke Daniels, Murray Wallace, David Mirfin, Stephen Dawson, Kevin van Veen, Josh Morris, Neal Bishop, Tom Hopper, Duane Holmes, Conor Townsend, Jordan Clarke. SUBS: Scott Wiseman, Paddy Madden, Joe Anyon, Hakeeb Adelakun, Sam Mantom, Charles Goode, Kyle Wootton