Port Vale hit four goals against Rochdale as they recorded an excellent win at Vale Park.
The Valiants made several changes to their line-up with JJ Hooper partnering Theo Robinson upfront.
It was Robinson who gave Vale the lead with a great curving effort and Michael O’Connor made it two from the spot just before half-time.
JJ Hooper got a deserved third goal just after the break and Michael O’Connor converted Vale’s second spot-kick of the game after Remie Streete was fouled in the box.
Rochdale pulled one back from former Valiant Calvin Andrew but in an entertaining game, Vale could have added to their tally only to be denied by a fine display of Rochdale goalkeeping. There was even time for youth teamer Ben Turner to make his Vale debut in the closing moments.
It was a fine win with the whole Vale side putting in an excellent performance.
Vale: Alnwick, Streete, McGivern, Duffy, Purkiss, Dickinson, Brown, O’Connor, Foley (Kelly), Robinson (Turner), Hooper
Subs: Boot, Birchall, Campion, Yates, Moore