Striker Achille Campion seized his chance with his first Vale goal and Michael O’Connor scored a dramatic late penalty as Vale drew with Bradford.
Rob Page made two changes with somewhat surprisingly Richard Duffy replacing Adam Yates and Michael Brown coming in for Ben Williamson. Both new loan signings started on the bench.
The visitors started brightly with Vale looking short of creative options, but Vale came back into it more as the first-half progressed. There was controversy on the half-hour mark when Vale fans felt that Morais over-reacted to a Brown challenge.
It got worse for the home side as the break approached. Colin Daniel limped off to be replaced by Chris Birchall and just before the interval, Hanson netted with a header from boo-boy Morais’ cross.
Vale made a change at half-time with Campion getting his chance at the expense of Lines, then Bradford almost doubled their advantage but Knott’s effort was disallowed due to an earlier foul.
However, it was Achille Campion who put Vale back into the game as he fired home from O’Connor’s header on the hour mark. It was the Frenchman’s first goal for the club.
Vale looked refreshed by that goal but were hit by a suckerpunch when Morais slammed home Bradford’s second on 65 minutes.
The Valiants pushed for an equaliser and through caution to the wind bringing Luer on for Duffy. And that goal came in injury-time as keeper Pickford brought down Birchall. The keeper was sent-off and Michael O’Connor kept his cool to score the equaliser.
Vale: Neal, Veseli, Duffy (Luer), Robertson, Dickinson, O’Connor, Brown, Marshall, Lines (Campion), Daniel (Birchall), Pope
Subs: Johnson, McGivern, O’Sullivan, Luer, Yates