Sam Foley’s fifth of the season earned Vale a share of the points against Oldham on Tuesday night.
Rob Page named an unchanged starting eleven with fit again Ryan Inniss on the bench. Vale had a bright start earning an early corner but it was the home side who went the closest just before the break but Neal was able to save. However, it finished goalless at half-time in a first period with few moments of quality.
Vale made an early second-half substitution when JJ Hooper came on for Matthew Kennedy. And the game came to life on the hour mark when Hooper forced a save out of the keeper and Sam Foley was on hand to score. The Valiants could have doubled their lead minutes later but both Foley and Leitch-Smith failed to net.
Rob Page’s side were made to rue that missed chance as Richard Duffy fouled in the box. Chris Neal managed to save the spot-kick but the rebound was tapped in by Liam Kelly.
Vale’s second substitution saw Leitch-Smith replaced by Theo Robinson and Robinson almost got on the end of a good ball by Dodds. But Oldham missed the best chance of winning the match when Holloway missed a great chance.
It was the home side who pushed in the closing stages and although Vale will be grateful for an away point they will no doubt be wondering if they could have left with all three instead.
Vale: Neal, Purkiss, Duffy, McGivern, Dickinson, Foley, Grant, O’Connor, Kennedy (Hooper), Dodds, Leitch-Smith (Robinson)
Subs: Boot, Inniss, Kelly, Brown, Yates