Match report: Port Vale 2-1 Gillingham

Match report: Port Vale 2-1 Gillingham

Port Vale put on a stirring second-half comeback as Alex Jones continued his scoring streak with the winner at Vale Park.

Manager Bruno Ribeiro named the same starting eleven but initially it looked to be a mistake as Vale laboured in vain in the first-half. Martin Paterson was left isolated and Gills keyman Bradley Dack became increasingly influential as the away side dominated the first-half.

It was Dack who set up the opening goal although it was doubtful whether he meant the scuffed corner that was converted at close-range.

Vale came back into the game in the second period with Remie Streete’s free-kick shaking the post and the Gills keeper pulling off a number of fine saves. But Streete was not to be denied as once again Bond pulled off a fine save from a Vale shot and Streete was on hand to fire the ball home.

Anthony Grant then forced Bond into another great save before that man Alex Jones kept his cool to control the ball and drill it into the corner to complete Vale’s comeback.

It was a fine last thirty minutes by Vale. Anthony Grant had put on a fine show as had Nathan Smith and Remie Streete but it was arguably the introduction of Rigino Cicilia and Gezim Shalaj and the decision to move Jones inside to partner Cicilia in the middle that changed the game.

The result puts Vale into the play-off places and it was probably that all the home fans leaving the ground had  a smile on their face after another impressive three points at Vale Park.


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