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Match Report | Burton Albion 0-2 Port Vale

20 August 2022

Match Reports

Match Report | Burton Albion 0-2 Port Vale

20 August 2022

Two second half strikes from Ben Garrity and Ellis Harrison gave Vale their first win on the road this season, away at local rivals Burton Albion.

Garrity sent the away faithful into pandemonium only four minutes into the second half when he slammed home a rebound after Harrison saw a shot saved into his path.

Harrison confirmed the three points for the Valiants in style, after he flicked Harry Charsley's long ball around the final Brewers defender before rounding Ben Garratt for his second in Vale colours.

Darrell Clarke gave starts to Brad Walker and Tom Pett in the middle of the park, whilst also giving a place in the starting 11 to David Worrall, as he returned from injury.

The hosts started the game on the front foot, and the first chance of the match came via Victor Adeboyejo, when he forced a save from Stevens into the side netting just three minutes in.

Early pressure from Albion continued in the first 10 minutes, and it was Connor Hall that provided some heroics when he managed to get in the way of a Keillor-Dunn effort that looked set to ripple the net.

Stevens was called upon next for Vale, producing a fabulous save to tip a Jonny Smith curling effort just past the far post to keep the score at 0-0 just inside 20 minutes.

The Valiants started to grow into the game as the first half progressed with Walker producing a wonderful effort from distance that was tipped just over the bar by Garratt at the half-hour mark.

Ben Garrity came agonisingly close to scoring the opener for Vale late in the half, seeing his low strike cleared off the line by John Brayford, after great work by Tom Conlon to set him up.

Straight up the other end it was Albion’s chance to test the Vale resolve, and once again Smith cut in on his left testing Stevens with a stinging effort, but our keeper saved comfortably.

In first half added time, the Valiants pressed forward through Conlon who made a driving run into the box, only to see his effort dragged just past the post.

Vale started the second period quickly, and on another day could have been awarded a penalty when Garrity burst through off of a Stevens goal-kick.

However, after getting in front of his man and seemingly being dragged down to the floor, the ref decided to wave play on.

After the opener, Vale continued piling the pressure on, and it took a double save from Garratt to prevent a Mal Benning outside of the boot shot and a Conlon follow up doubling the visitors lead.

In the 73rd minute, the Valiants came close again, this time through Hall after a great free-kick into the box found the center-half’s head, but his looping header dropped just wide.

Benning almost did the unthinkable with minutes left on the clock, when his brilliant corner had to be tipped over by Garratt to stop it curling in.

Burton Albion | Garratt, Brayford, Borthwick-Jackson, Oshilaja (88’ De Castro), Hughes, Ahadme, Keillor-Dunn (67’ Powell), Smith, Adeboyojo (55’ Moult), Taylor, Hamer

Unused Subs | Onyango, Ndaba, Lakin, Sinisalo


Port Vale | Stevens, Cass, Walker, Hall, Smith, Worrall (46’ Massey), Garrity, Conlon (77’ Charsley), Benning (90+3 Jones), Harrison (90+3 Small), Pett (88’ Forrester)

Unused Subs | Stone, Holden


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