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  • Date:06 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Vale Park
  • Attendance:5,889
  • Richards (42)
    Dodds (90)
  • Barnett (38) McFadzean (50)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91mins

Louis Dodds grabs a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Port Vale 2-2 Crawley Town.

89mins

Scott Neilson decides to take the corner short.

88mins

Wesley Thomas is brought on as a substitute for Tyrone Barnett.

84mins

Charlie Wassmer fouled by Louis Dodds, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Shearer takes the free kick.

81mins

Matthew Tubbs goes off and Scott Neilson comes on.

81mins

Louis Dodds has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

79mins

The referee blows for offside against Lewis Haldane. Scott Shearer takes the free kick.

76mins

John Dempster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Taylor. John Dempster shown a red card. Charlie Wassmer replaces Ben Smith. A cross is delivered by Doug Loft, clearance by Mike Green.

74mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Taylor by John Dempster. (Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Louis Dodds coming on for Tom Pope. John Dempster shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Robert Taylor.

68mins

John McCombe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott Shearer takes the free kick.

67mins

Doug Loft produces a drilled shot from just outside the penalty box that bounces off the post.

63mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Matthew Tubbs. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

60mins

Gary Roberts leaves the field to be replaced by Robert Taylor.

60mins

Lewis Haldane comes on in place of Marc Richards.

59mins

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Smith from the left by-line played to the near post.

59mins

Foul by John McCombe on Tyrone Barnett, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dean Howell.

57mins

Mike Green gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tyrone Barnett. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Smith from right wing, clearance made by Lee Collins.

53mins

Marc Richards challenges John Dempster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

51mins

Kyle McFadzean finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Port Vale 1-2 Crawley Town.Assist on the goal came from Sergio Torres.

51mins

Dean Howell takes a shot. Save by Scott Shearer.

50mins

Ben Smith delivers a inswinging corner to near post, John McCombe makes a clearance.

47mins

Gary Roberts booked. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Howell by Gary Roberts. Direct free kick taken by Dean Howell.

46mins

Anthony Griffith challenges Dannie Bulman unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Dempster takes the free kick.

45mins

Dannie Bulman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Doug Loft. Free kick crossed by Doug Loft, Dannie Bulman makes a clearance.

41mins

Kyle McFadzean concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Pope. Free kick scored by Marc Richards from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Port Vale 1-1 Crawley Town.

38mins

Corner taken by Ben Smith, Tyrone Barnett grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Port Vale 0-1 Crawley Town.Assist on the goal came from Matthew Tubbs.

36mins

Effort on goal by Tom Pope from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

34mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Smith, Close range shot by Kyle McFadzean goes wide of the left-hand post.

34mins

Dean Howell takes a shot. Clearance by John McCombe.

32mins

The ball is delivered by Dean Howell.

30mins

Foul by Gary Roberts on Dannie Bulman, free kick awarded. Dean Howell takes the direct free kick.

28mins

Foul by John Dempster on Tom Pope, free kick awarded. Doug Loft restarts play with the free kick.

28mins

Matthew Tubbs concedes a free kick for a foul on John McCombe. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

22mins

Tyrone Barnett has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

20mins

Outswinging corner taken by Ben Smith from the right by-line, John McCombe makes a clearance.

15mins

Foul by John McCombe on Matthew Tubbs, free kick awarded. Dean Howell restarts play with the free kick.

13mins

The referee penalises Dean Howell for handball. Free kick taken by Adam Yates.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Yates by David Hunt. Shot comes in from Doug Loft from the free kick, Kyle McFadzean makes a clearance.

7mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Tubbs. Mike Green takes the direct free kick.

6mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Doug Loft on Dannie Bulman. Dean Howell takes the free kick.

5mins

Matthew Tubbs is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stuart Tomlinson takes the direct free kick.

3mins

The offside flag is raised against Matthew Tubbs.

2mins

Josh Simpson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith. Adam Yates restarts play with the free kick.

2mins

Outswinging corner taken by Ben Smith from the right by-line.

2mins

The official flags Marc Richards offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

Match Preview

Adams gears up for second coming Manager Micky Adams has a full squad to choose from as Port Vale prepare for the opening day visit of Blue Square Bet Premier champions Crawley. Summer signings Kingsley James, Phil Roe, Clayton McDonald, Mike Green, Ben Williamson, Ryan Burge and local boy Tom Pope will all be hoping to make their debuts for the club. Striker Marc Richards will captain the side should he be selected. The 29-year-old was installed as skipper in February by former boss Jim Gannon. Adams said: "I don't see any reason to change it. He will lead the side out on Saturday - if he is in the team." Adams believes Vale are underdogs going into the first game of the season at Vale Park. He added: "Crawley are the bookmakers' favourites, and you never see a bookmaker riding a bike do you? It's a tough, tough opening fixture but we are looking forward to it." Hope Akpan will be missing when Crawley play their first game in the Football League. The young midfielder, a summer signing from Everton, was sent off towards the end of last Friday's Carling Cup preliminary-round win over AFC Wimbledon and serves a one-match ban. Scott Neilson, who was on the bench against the Dons, could come into the starting line-up. Town's only other absentees are skipper Pablo Mills, who is recovering from ankle surgery and will be out for another three weeks, and fellow defender Jamie Day who has a back problem. Winger Willie Gibson could be added to the squad despite continuing speculation linking him with a return to Scotland with St Johnstone.

Formation:442Manager: Micky Adams

Port Vale

Formation: 4312Manager: Steve Evans

Crawley Town

  • Stuart Tomlinson
  • Adam Yates
  • John McCombe
  • Lee Collins
  • Mike Green
  • Sean Rigg
  • Anthony Griffith
  • Gary Roberts
  • Doug Loft
  • Tom Pope
  • Marc Richards
  • SUBS
  • Chris Martin
  • Robert Taylor
  • Louis Dodds
  • Lewis Haldane
  • Clayton McDonald

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Match Report

Dodds spoils Crawley party Louis Dodds spoiled Crawley's big day with a stoppage-time goal to earn Port Vale a 2-2 draw. The Football League new boys led twice through goals from Tyrone Barnett and Kyle McFadzean. But they were reduced to 10 men when John Dempster was booked twice in three minutes and eventually had to settle for a point. Barnett fired the best chance of the opening stages wide. But he made no mistake in the 38th minute when Ben Smith's corner was headed on and Barnett got in front of his marker to tap the ball home for Crawley's first league goal. Vale levelled three minutes later when Marc Richards curled a free-kick around the wall. Early in the second half defender McFadzean nodded in Sergio Torres' cross to put the visitors back into the lead. After Dempster saw red, Vale went on the attack and Doug Loft hit the post from 20 yards. But their pressure paid off 19 seconds into injury time when Town failed to clear their lines and Dodds tucked in the leveller.

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