Port Vale keeper Rob Lainton sees red in reserves defeat

Port Vale keeper Rob Lainton sees red in reserves defeat

Any plans to give Rob Lainton extended paying time were dashed when he was dismissed 22 minutes into Vale’s 3-1 loss to Wigan reserves on Tuesday.

Lainton has only just been recalled to the Vale first-team but his sending-off will not result in a suspension from first-team matches.

A strong Vale line-up saw Donovan Wilson start upfront while striker Tyrone Barnett was again employed in an unfamiliar centre-half role.

The Valiants took the lead on nine minutes when Forrester set up Wilson to score but the striker was sacrificed on 22 minutes when Lainton was dismissed for a professional foul. Youngster Joe Slinn came off the bench to go in goal. Slinn’s first task was to face a Wigan penalty which was converted by Victor Maffeo to level the scores.

Wigan took the lead against Vale’s ten men on 58 minutes through Tyler Golden before adding a third on seventy minutes.

Vale: Lainton, Calveley, Davis, Barnett, Pugh, Harness, Regis, Middleton, Montano, Wilson (Slinn), Forrester (Benns)

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