Match report: Port Vale 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Match report: Port Vale 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Port Vale were disappointingly held at home in a game that saw the side drop into the relegation zone for the first time this season.

To add to Vale’s problems, Kjell Knops’ tenth booking of the season will see Vale reduced to one recognised centre-half for the visit of Bradford City and loan striker Tyler Walker also looks doubtful after lasting just five minutes.

Michael Brown made four changes to his side including a recall for left-back Kiko and Knops standing in for the injured Remie Streete

A goalless first-half saw few clearcut chances although Vale fans fumed after a heavy challenge on Leo Fasan appeared to be unpunished.

However, Vale started the second-half better and tale took the lead nine minutes into the second half when Rovers defender Bob Harris attempted to clear Kiko’s low cross, but only succeeded in slicing the ball past his own keeper.

Vale looked to add to their lead but were too shotshy to trouble the opposing keeper into any meaningful saves and Rovers drew level when Billy Bodin hit a fine shot past Fasan on 78 minutes.

Even so, Vale had a late chance to win it but Callum Guy was unable to capitalise as results elsewhere saw the Valiants drop into the relegation zone.

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