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Last Time We Met: Swindon Town

23 November 2018

Port Vale host Swindon Town this weekend in Sky Bet League Two action, but what happened last time the two sides met?

The last time Vale met The Robins was in February of this year when the sides played out a five-goal thriller, with Swindon just overcoming Neil Aspin's side 3-2.

However, the boss will be looking for his side to replicate the scoreline from when The Robins visited Vale Park during the 2016/17 League One season, when this time, The Vale beat Swindon 3-2 courtesy of goals from JJ Hooper and Chris Eagles.

The Robins were first to strike on the day when Nicky Ajose's shot took a wicked deflection of Kjell Knops to leave Leonardo Fasan helpless but to watch the ball fall into the back of his own net.

However, The Valiants struck back within a minute when Chris Eagles was fastest to react to a Lawrence Vigouroux parry to bring his side back onto level terms with The Robins.

On 50 minutes, JJ Hooper fired Port Vale into the lead for the first time in the game, as he poked home a Kiko free kick, before just two minutes later, Vale were awarded a penalty to put the game out of sight. Anton Forrester stepped up but blasted over to keep the score-line at 2-1.

Looking for a third, Hooper came flying forward and was eventually brought down by Brad Barry who in-turn was shown a red card for the enfringment. Hooper smashed the free-kick home to give Vale a two-goal cushion with just a few minutes to play. 

10-man Swindon did strike again, but Luke Norris' goal on 90 minutes proved a mere consolation as Vale earned a huge three points in their fight for League One survival.

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