Defender Remie Streete was carried off as the Vale went out of the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy at the hands of Blackpool.
Manager Rob Page made two changes bringing Louis Dodds and veteran Michael Brown into his starting eleven.
Vale were unable to create any clear-cut chances in the first period and were grateful for Grant making a goal-line clearance from a Blackpool header. Then they were dealt a blow ten minutes from half-time when there was a ten minute delay as Remie Streete was stretchered off to be replaced by Ryan McGivern.
As Streete departed, the visitors took the lead as Jarrett Rivers slotted home. However, it’s difficult to criticise the Vale players for switching off after what appeared to be a worrying injury to Streete.
The Valiants came back into the game on 52 minutes when Enoch Andoh was brought down in the area and Anthony Grant scored the resulting penalty. But the visitors re-took the lead just four minutes later when Robertson scored from a set piece.
That strike proved to be decisive as Vale struggled to match the high standards of the Sheffield United game. It was a disappointing cup exit but the real concern will be for the welfare of Remie Streete. We hope the defender hasn’t suffered a serious injury and hope to see him back in a Vale shirt as soon as possible.
Vale: Alnwick, Purkiss, Duffy, Streete (McGivern), Dickinson, Grant, Brown (Ikpeazu), Moore, Andoh, Daniel (Leitch-Smith), Dodds
Subs: Johnson, Birchall