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Last Time We Met: Bristol Rovers

21 January 2019

Port Vale face Bristol Rovers in the Checkatrade Quarter-Final this Tuesday night, but can you remember what happened last time the two sides met?

You'd have to cast your mind back to February 2017 to recall the last meeting betwen Vale and the Pirates, when the spoils were shared in a competitive 1-1 draw in League One, when a certain Cristian Montano made an appearance for the opposition.

10th placed Bristol travelled to Vale Park in a bid to improve their chances of promotion, whereas 20th placed Vale were in desperate need of a result to rise out of the three relegation spots.

The first-half was a tightly faught affair in which neither side could find the cutting edge to put their side in the lead, though the visitors were almost ahead with just two minutes played in the second half. 

Chris Lines' came flying down the left-hand side, though his effort with just Leo Fasan to beat, flew just wide from a tight angle.

The Pirates were made to pay for their missed chances just 10 minutes later as Vale took the lead via a Bob Harris own-goal. The defender swung a leg at a dangerous Kiko cross, in-hand turning into his own net to break the deadlock.

However, with just over 10 minutes to play, the visitors levelled proceedings through former Crewe Alexandra forward, Billy Bodin. Taking aim from the edge of the box, Bodin smashed into the top-left corner leaving Fasan helpless in the Vale net.

A missed Callum Lang chance in the final minute of the game almost ensured all three points for Vale, though his attempt failed to clear the on-rushing Joe Lumley, with the referee calling time on the 1-1 draw.

Bristol retained their 10th place position following the tie, whereas Vale dropped into the relegation places as Bury picked up three points away to Chesterfield.


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