Captain Marc Richards was controversially sent-off as Vale bounced back from defeats to Wimbledon and Southend with a 2-0 win over struggling Plymouth.
Micky Adams made four changes to the side that faced Wimbledon with Stuart Tomlinson, Clayton McDonald, Louis Dodds and Ben Williamson making way for Chris Martin, Mike Green, captain Marc Richards and loan signing Andrew Little. It meant Northern Ireland International Little was making his full debut for the Valiants.
And Vale enjoyed a good first-half after taking the lead through Gary Roberts’ fourth goal of the season. The midfielder found the net on 30 minutes.
But the Valiants were rocked by the sending-off of Marc Richards on 50 minutes, who was shown a straight red for violent conduct.
But the home side were also reduced to ten men on 80 minutes when Ladjie Soukouna conceded a penalty and was sent-off. Gary Roberts converted the resulting spot-kick for his second of the game and fifth of the season.
Port Vale: Martin, Yates, McCombe, Owen, Green, Little (Dodds), Griffith, Roberts (Morsy), Taylor, Richards, Pope (Williamson)
Subs: McDonald, Tomlinson