A fine debut strike from Daniel Jones and Tom Pope’s 27th goal of the season secured Port Vale’s comeback from two goals down as they drew with AFC Wimbledon.
Micky Adams made one change to his starting line-up, bringing in Jones in place of Adam Yates.
But table topping Vale were rocked early on when Jack Midson took advantage of some lacklustre defending to put the home side in front.
The Valiants were looking sluggish and it was no surprise when Liam Chilvers’ foul in the box resulted in a penalty which Midson fired past Neal.
Vale were looking all at sea as half-time approached until out of the blue, Jones advanced down the left and fired a low, long-range drive past Sullivan to make it 2-1 at the break.
Vale looked more lively in the second period and equalised on the hour mark through the prolific Pope. Pope rounded Sullivan but slipped as he did so. However, the tall striker managed to keep his composure as he got up to fire the ball home from a narrow angle.
Vale then pressed for an equaliser and Hughes, who had been quiet all game, should have done better as he missed a good chance. But despite late Vale pressure, Wimbledon held on for a deserved point as it finished all-square in front of the TV cameras.
Vale: Neal, Duffy, Chilvers, Purse, Jones, Myrie-Williams, Burge, Loft (Morsy), Vincent (Andrew), Pope, Hughes (Williamson)
Subs: Yates, Johnson, Birchall, Shuker
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