David Worrall’s first Vale goal was in vain after two goals from Billy Kee gave Accrington all three points and left Vale still seeking a first home win.
Caretakers Chris Morgan and David Kelly made four changes including partnering Tom Pope with fit again Tyrone Barnett.
Vale started brightly with the impressive Ben Whitfield hitting the bar before Barnett also struck the woodwork with a header. The pressure paid off as good work from Pope and Barnett set up David Worrall to score his first goal for the club on 22 minutes. However, the visitors equalised against the run of play when the ever-dangerous Billy Kee scored off goalkeeper Kelle Roos.
The visitors started the second period the stronger but Vale still had the best chance with Pope’s effort well saved. However, on the hour mark, dangerman Billy Kee netted his second with a tap-in as the visitors took the lead.
Vale huffed and puffed in vain but could not get the equaliser as manager contender Accrington boss John Coleman gave an idea of what he may offer as Vale boss – the ability to win at Vale Park!
Vale: Roos, Smith, Kay, Anderson, Wilson (Turner), Middleton (Tonge), Whitfield (De Freitas), Worrall, Denton, Pope, Barnett
Subs: Hornby, Davis, Gunning, Harness
Attendance: 3,360 (86 away)