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Port Vale v Brighton

25 January 2014


Saturday 25th January 2014

Port Vale v Brighton & Hove Albion
FA Cup Fourth Round

7,293 including 1,142 visiting supporters At Vale Park

PORT VALE:Sam Johnson, Adam Yates, Louis Dodds, Chris Shuker, Ben Williamson, Chris Birchall, Jordan Hugill SUBS:Chris Neal, Jack Grimmer, Chris Robertson, Joe Davis, Rob Taylor, Anthony Griffith, Chris Lines, Doug Loft, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Tom Pope, Gavin Tomlin.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION: Bruno Salter, Gordon Greer, Keith Andrews, Casper Ankergren, Stephen Ward, Leonardo Ulloa, Kazenga LualuaSUBS:Peter Brezovan, Lewis Dunk, Kemy Agustien, Andrea Orlandi, Inigo Calderon, Adam Chicksen, Jake Forster Caskey, Matthew Upson, Jonathan Obika, Solomon March, Rohan Ince.

Vale made three changes to the starting line-up for the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion. Carl Dickinson was out suspended and Rob Taylor came in to replace him at left back.

Gavin Tomlin returned from injury to take the place of Ben Wiliamson up front and Chris Lines returned from suspension to take the midfield place vacated by the injured Flo Cuvelier.

A hailstorm an hour before the game ensured there was a lot of surface water, and further rain obviously didn’t help, making playing conditions tricky in areas of the pitch.

The visitors had been described as a good passing side earlier in the week and it was soon apparent why, though Vale were showing some great enthusiasm and making themselves known.

minute when Chris Lines forced his way into the box before going down under pressure.thVale had what appeared to be a good shout for a penalty kick turned down in the 16

Both Andrea Orlandi and Lewis Dunk fired warnings at the other end, each sending shots whistling past the post as if to show the Championship side meant business.

Chris Neal then went down to smother an attempt on goal from Solomon March, needing two attempts to hold on to the ball.

GOAL:, who fired first time past Neal.ROHAN INCE minute when Orlandi’s outswinging corner was met on the edge of the box by thThe visitors finally went in front in the 27

The visitors certainly weren’t having things all their own way, but Vale were finding it difficult to pierce the Brighton rearguard, despite their attempts

GOAL: met Chris Lines’ flag kick from the right with a downward header to level the scores.CHRIS ROBERTSON minute, however, when thThat all changed in the 36

GOAL: was curled in as an intended cross, but it flew over everybody and into the net.SOLOMOM MARCH minute with a rather fortuitous goal when Orlandi’s short corner to rdThe visitors managed to get their noses back in front in the 43

Vale made a substitution at the onset of the second half with Adam Yates comin on at left back in place of Rob Taylor.

seconds of the restart Vale ‘keeper Chris Neal got down smartly to his left to push a shot from March around the upright for a corner as the visitors showed their intentions early on. Within

The visitors were almost opened up on two occasions by surging runs down the right by Jack Grimmer as the home side went looking for an equaliser.

They were not able to throw caution to the wind, however, with the visitors still looking menacing at the other end, in what was becoming a ‘proper’ cup-tie.

Neal was called into action again when he dropped to his right to push Kemy Agustein’s shot onto the post and out for a corner.

minute when Ben Williamson came off the bench to replace Jennison Myrie-Williams.thVale made their second change in the 66

Play switched from one end to the other with enough action to keep both sets of supporters warm in extremely cold and windy conditions.

M icky Adams threw his last dice on 75 minutes, sending on fresh legs in the shape of Jordan Hugill – Gavin Tomlin making the trip in the opposite direction.

GOAL: slipped in behind the Vale defence and was able to calmly slot the ball into an empty net to put his side firmly in the driving seat.JONATHAN OBIKBrighton effectively wrapped things up in the two minutes later when

Vale’s heads didn’t drop and they came close to pulling a goal back just moments later when there was an almighty scramble in front of goal, but from a Vale point of view nothing came of it.

Vale continued to show their battling qualities, still believing in themselves and still pouring forward at every opportunity – unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough.





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