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Tom Adeyemi takes a shot. John McCombe gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Evans. Kevin Ellison takes a shot. Blocked by Lenny Pidgeley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Roberts by Tom Adeyemi. Gary Roberts crosses the ball in from the free kick.
The referee books Marc Richards for unsporting behaviour. Kayleden Brown handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.
Ritchie Sutton on for Lewis Haldane. Unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith by Tom Adeyemi results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Exodus Geohaghon.
(Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Marc Richards coming on for Tom Pope.
Tom Adeyemi gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Port Vale 2-1 Bradford.
Tom Pope takes a shot. Save made by Lenny Pidgeley.
Outswinging corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, Luke Oliver manages to make a clearance.
The referee cautions Anthony Griffith for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Adeyemi by Anthony Griffith. Michael Flynn takes the free kick.
Kayleden Brown replaces Justin Richards. Gary Roberts fouled by Kevin Ellison, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Exodus Geohaghon.
Jake Speight is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Martin.
Foul by Anthony Griffith on Tom Adeyemi, free kick awarded. Lewis Hunt crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Effort on goal by Jake Speight from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
(Bradford) makes a substitution, with Jake Speight coming on for Leon Osborne.
Shot from deep inside the area by Tom Adeyemi goes over the bar.
Anthony Griffith challenges Kevin Ellison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Evans produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Chris Martin makes a save.
Tom Pope scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Port Vale 2-0 Bradford.Assist on the goal came from Lewis Haldane.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Flynn by Gary Roberts. Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.
Gary Roberts is cautioned. Unfair challenge on Kevin Ellison by Gary Roberts results in a free kick. Luke O'Brien crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
Tom Pope fouled by Luke Oliver, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Doug Loft.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Luke O'Brien from the right by-line. Shot from just outside the penalty box by Michael Flynn misses to the left of the target.
Leon Osborne challenges Lewis Haldane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Martin takes the direct free kick.
Tom Pope scores a headed goal from close in. Port Vale 1-0 Bradford.Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Doug Loft, the assist for the goal came from Doug Loft.
Shot from 12 yards from Lewis Haldane. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.
Tom Adeyemi concedes a free kick for a foul on Justin Richards. Doug Loft restarts play with the free kick.
Gareth Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Collins. Gary Roberts takes the direct free kick.
Pass corner from left by-line crossed in by Gareth Evans, Lee Collins manages to make a clearance.
Lewis Hunt delivers the ball.
Gary Roberts takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
Kevin Ellison concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Roberts. Doug Loft delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Lenny Pidgeley.
Doug Loft produces a cross, Lee Collins has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
Corner taken short by Doug Loft.
Foul by Anthony Griffith on Michael Flynn, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luke Oliver from right channel.
Scott Dobie is caught offside. John McCombe restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Gary Roberts on Tom Adeyemi, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.
Luke O'Brien receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Luke O'Brien on Lewis Haldane, free kick awarded. Gary Roberts crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Doug Loft takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Scott Dobie manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Doug Loft, save by Lenny Pidgeley.
Lee Collins takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Oliver.
Effort from the edge of the area by Leon Osborne goes wide of the right-hand post.
Effort on goal by Gary Roberts from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts.
Doug Loft takes a shot. Save by Lenny Pidgeley.
Lewis Hunt goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Lewis Hunt challenges Anthony Griffith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Martin takes the direct free kick.
Gareth Evans is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Martin takes the free kick.
Lewis Haldane fouled by Lewis Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Doug Loft, clearance made by Michael Flynn.
Gary Roberts sends in a cross, Tom Adeyemi makes a clearance.
Lewis Haldane fouled by Luke Oliver, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Roberts.
The offside flag is raised against Adam Yates. Lenny Pidgeley restarts play with the free kick.
Tom Adeyemi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Roberts. Chris Martin takes the free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Lewis Haldane for handball. Free kick crossed by Gareth Evans, clearance by John McCombe.
Gary Roberts produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Tom Pope misses to the right of the target.
Leon Osborne concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis Haldane. Gary Roberts delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Scott Dobie manages to make a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Gareth Evans. Free kick taken by Chris Martin.
Foul by Justin Richards on Lenny Pidgeley, free kick awarded. Lenny Pidgeley takes the direct free kick.
Tom Adeyemi fouled by Anthony Griffith, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Flynn restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Chris Martin takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Lewis Haldane. Free kick taken by Lenny Pidgeley.
Gannon faces Vale decisions
Jim Gannon must decide how long to give fit-again Marc Richards as Port Vale host Bradford on Friday night.
Vale's skipper and influential striker returned from his six-week absence with a thigh injury to play the final 12 minutes of last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Northampton.
Richards had initially targeted the Bantams clash for his return, but his comeback one week ahead of schedule leaves Gannon with a decision to make as to how long he gets on Friday or if indeed he starts.
Another poser for the Vale boss is which formation to go with after switching from his favoured 4-2-3-1 system to 4-4-2 last weekend, something which failed to come off and led to him questioning whether Vale can play that way.
A change of system almost inevitably leads to a change in personnel and midfielder Anthony Griffith was the man to miss out last time, only to be introduced at the break and spark an upturn in fortunes.
Centre-back Gareth Owen remains out for around a month with his ankle damage. On-loan duo Kayleden Brown and Romaine Sawyers are due to return to West Brom after the game with their one-month deals at an end, unless an extension can be agreed.
Bradford, meanwhile, will be without James Hanson and David Syers for the clash.
Striker Hanson sustained a groin injury in last Saturday's home win over Wycombe, while midfielder Syers strained his hamstring .
Manager Peter Taylor is expected to recall Gareth Evans up front and on-loan Tom Adeyemi into midfield in place of Syers.
Taylor could also be tempted to start with either Steve Williams or Shane Duff alongside Luke Oliver in central defence in place of Lewis Hunt to combat the aerial threat of Vale strikers Tom Pope and Justin Richards.
Midfielders Tommy Doherty (ankle), Leon Osborne (hamstring) and Lee Bullock (hip) remain sidelined, but strikers Scott Dobie and Kevin Ellison are expected to keep their places in Taylor's starting line-up after both making their debuts for the Bantams last week.
Pope leaves Taylor seeking divine intervention
On-loan striker Tom Pope struck two second-half goals to give Port Vale a 2-1 victory which increases the pressure on Bradford boss Peter Taylor.
Rotherham man Pope squandered a great opportunity in the seventh minute when he headed wide from an excellent cross by Gary Roberts, before Doug Loft forced a smart save from Lenny Pidgeley.
But Vale's strong start soon fizzled out in a largely disappointing first-half, with the Bantams' best opportunity coming when Leon Osborne struck wide midway through the opening period.
It was a different story after the interval, though, as Pope headed his first in the 49th minute when he rose highest to bury Loft's right-wing corner.
And the points were almost in the bag for Vale when Pope fired in a 64th minute second after Justin Richards had flicked on an Adam Yates' cross.
Bradford reduced the arrears six minutes from time when Jake Speight set up Tom Adeyemi for a cool finish, but it proved too little too late.
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