Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Port Vale: an injury hit Valiants managed a creditable draw thanks to a second-half goal from Devante Rodney
Danny Pugh’s injury-ravaged Port Vale squad was deprived of the likes of Tom Pope, David Worrall and Cristian Montano but new signing Jake Taylor started with Kurtis Guthrie on the bench.
In a poor first-half, Vale’s first chance came from a Tom Conlon shot that went wide while the home side threatened down the flanks. There was a good save from Scott Brown to deny Wagstaff before the home side took the lead on nineteen minutes. Cadden scored from a free-kick from the Vale’s left flank.
The Valiants were struggling to support lone central forward Devante Rodney and their best chances appeared to be corners with Shaun Brisley going the closest with a header. However, the Vale rarely looked a threat and the home side looked more dangerous on the break.
The second-half continued in much the same pattern with Vale failing to put any pressure on the home side. Pugh brought on Kurtis Guthrie and Devante Rodney had a low shot saved but the home side almost doubled their lead when Brown failed to deal with a long ball but the veteran recovered. The Vale keeper then made another good save down low from Richardson as Forest Green pressed for a second.
However, the Valiants made the home side pay for not stretching their lead. On 77 minutes the ball reached Devante Rodney on the edge of the box and his curling shot beat keeper McGee for his eighth of the season. It was probably against the run of play but Port Vale won’t complain.
In the dying minutes, Collins drove the ball well over and Rodney had a shot saved as both sides unsuccessfully pushed for a winner. It was a welcome point for Port Vale and means caretaker Danny Pugh remains unbeaten in the League after three games in charge.
Full-time: Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Port Vale
Port Vale: Brown, Mills, Smith, Brisley, Fitzpatrick, Joyce, Conlon, Taylor (Burgess), Amoo, Pope, Hurst (Guthrie)
Subs: Visser, Crookes, Cullen, Bailey, Campbell-Gordon