Vale Park home bench

Match report: Port Vale 0-0 Newport County

Match report: Port Vale 0-0 Newport County

Port Vale failed to earn their first win of 2018 as a home draw moved them closer to the League Two dropzone.

Manager Neil Aspin made one change, bringing in Joe Davis to the defence.

Vale had the opening chances with Michael Tonge hitting the post and the Valiants also having appeals for a handball in the box. Luke Hannant also saw a deflected effort go wide.

Aspin brought on Ben Whitfield at the break in the place of James Gibbons but Vale were grateful to Ryan Boot for pulling off a double save to prevent the visitors taking the lead.

The home side’s second change was to bring on Tyrone Barnett for Luke Hannant. However, Vale were continuing to live dangerously as the visitors continued to threaten and look the most likely to score.

The Valiants threw on their third substitute, Marcus Harness, in the closing stages and it led to Vale’s best chance of the game which David Worrall contrived to miss.

It duly finished as a draw in a result that inches Port Vale closer to the dreaded drop zone.

Vale: Boot, Davis, Smith, Howkins, Gibbons (Whitfield), Tonge (Harness), Hannant (Barnett), Pugh, Worrall, Montano, Pope

Subs: Lainton, Howe, Raglan, Forrester

Attendance: 4,013 (288 visitors)

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