Goals from Tom Pope, Ashley Vincent and Sam Morsy earned Vale a deserved home win over Oxford Utd in front of the Sky TV cameras.
Vale, with preferred bidder Paul Wildes watching on, took the lead during a competitive first-half thanks to Tom Pope, who had earlier hit the bar.
Pope made no mistake on the half-hour mark after he capitalised on keeper Clarke’s fumble.
In-form Ashley Vincent again capitalised on Clarke’s nervousness as he netted from an acute angle on 51 minutes. And young midfielder Morsy made the points safe with a curled winner on the hour mark.
The only sour note for Vale was an injury for Ryan Burge which saw the midfielder carried off. But overall, it was another excellet performance by Micky Adams’ attacking Vale side who now look strong contenders to be League Two promotion contenders.
Vale: Neal, Duffy (Yates), McCombe, Taylor, Myrie-Williams, Morsy, Burge (Shuker), Vincent, Dodds (Williamson), Pope
Subs: Johnson, Davis, Lloyd, James