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Doug Loft concedes a free kick for a foul on Connor Essam. Doug Loft receives a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Danny Jackman.
Marc Richards is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Corner taken by Danny Jackman.
Penalty awarded for a foul by Jack Evans on Marc Richards. Penalty taken right-footed by Marc Richards and scored. Port Vale 2-1 Gillingham.
Foul by Jack Payne on Chris Shuker, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Paul Marshall, comfortable save by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Shot by Gavin Tomlin. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.
The ball is delivered by Doug Loft, Sean Rigg fires in a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Port Vale 1-1 Gillingham.Assist by Doug Loft.
Gavin Tomlin fouled by Gareth Owen, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gavin Tomlin.
Corner from right by-line taken by Chris Shuker.
Jo Kuffour leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Martin.
Doug Loft concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Jackman. Free kick taken by Danny Jackman.
Danny Kedwell has an effort at goal. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.
Effort on goal by Marc Richards from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken by Chris Shuker.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Shuker, save by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Sean Rigg takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Jackman.
Doug Loft has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Paulo Gazzaniga makes a brilliant save.
Effort from 20 yards by Danny Kedwell. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.
The referee blows for offside. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the indirect free kick.
Paul Marshall takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Simon King.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Shuker by Danny Jackman. Paul Marshall has an effort direct from the free kick, Paulo Gazzaniga makes a fantastic save.
(Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Chris Shuker coming on for Ben Williamson.
(Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Gareth Owen coming on for Clayton McDonald.
Paul Marshall is brought on as a substitute for Sam Morsy.
Marc Richards fouled by Simon King, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Morsy.
Corner taken right-footed by Sam Morsy, Paulo Gazzaniga makes a fantastic save.
Shot by Doug Loft. Paulo Gazzaniga makes a brilliant save.
Corner taken right-footed by Sam Morsy from the left by-line, save made by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith by Jack Payne. John McCombe takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Gavin Tomlin, Chris Whelpdale finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Port Vale 0-1 Gillingham.Assist by Gavin Tomlin.
Inswinging corner taken by Danny Jackman, clearance by John McCombe.
Simon King gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Williamson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Doug Loft from right wing, Simon King makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Gavin Tomlin by Sam Morsy results in a free kick. Danny Jackman delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Marc Richards.
Gavin Tomlin has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Doug Loft takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save made by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Whelpdale by Anthony Griffith. Booking for Anthony Griffith for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Chris Whelpdale.
Marc Richards is penalised for a handball. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the direct free kick.
Chris Whelpdale takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Stuart Tomlinson makes a comfortable save.
Unfair challenge on Gavin Tomlin by Sam Morsy results in a free kick. Jo Kuffour takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Simon King by Marc Richards results in a free kick. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Clayton McDonald on Jo Kuffour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jo Kuffour, Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.
Shot by Connor Essam. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.
Corner taken by Sam Morsy, Simon King manages to make a clearance. Louis Dodds challenges Gavin Tomlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Centre by Robert Taylor, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon King by Marc Richards. Paulo Gazzaniga restarts play with the free kick.
Louis Dodds produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Chris Whelpdale produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Sean Rigg fouled by Jack Payne, the ref awards a free kick. Marc Richards restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Doug Loft from outside the box goes high over the target.
Problems mount for Vale
Port Vale's injury problems have worsened ahead of the visit of Gillingham.
Adam Yates faces up to two months out with a knee injury after scans revealed the defender suffered ligament damage during the draw at Bradford in midweek.
Tom Pope has been nursing a groin problem recently but he has finally succumbed and the striker will undergo surgery on Friday that will rule him out for around a month.
With Yates sidelined and the versatile Lee Collins (ankle) still not fit, manager Micky Adams may be forced to play Anthony Griffith at the back.
"Anthony played there when I first came to the club. While we don't want to lose his energy in midfield, we might have to put him back there," said Adams.
Rob Taylor is making slow progress in his recovery from an Achilles injury and is a major doubt for Saturday, while fellow midfielders Ryan Burge (knee) and Lewis Haldane (broken leg) remain out.
Captain Andy Frampton will play no part for Gillingham having been ruled out for up to six weeks.
The centre-back was forced off nursing an ankle injury in the second half of Monday's 2-1 home defeat to Southend and has now been sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Either fit-again Simon King or youngster Connor Essam are likely to step in.
Manager Andy Hessenthaler has promised to freshen up his his side this weekend after Monday's reverse consigned the Kent club to a fifth straight defeat.
Midfielder Jack Payne and right-back Jack Evans were introduced from the bench at half-time against the Shrimpers and performed admirably, putting themselves in the frame to start.
Goalkeeper Ross Flitney (knee) continues to miss out along with defenders Charlie Lee (knee) and Matt Fish (ankle).
Richards on the spot for Vale
Port Vale striker Marc Richards scored a 90th-minute penalty to secure a 2-1 victory over Gillingham.
Richards, who was pushed to the ground by Chris Whelpdale, fired his spot-kick low to Paul Gazzaniga's left as the visiting keeper dived to his right.
Vale just about edged a scrappy first-half but it was the visitors who took the lead, with Whelpdale breaking the deadlock in stoppage time. Gavin Tomlin whipped over a cross from the right and Whelpdale directed a well-placed header inside Stuart Tomlinson's right-hand post from eight yards.
Vale offered little at the start of the second period and manager Micky Adams made a triple substitution just before the hour, with Gareth Owen and newcomers Paul Marshall and Chris Shuker replacing Clayton McDonald, Sam Morsy and Ben Williamson.
And Marshall almost conjured a 64th-minute equaliser when his free-kick was clawed past the far post by Gillingham stopper Paul Gazzaniga. Doug Loft also tested Gazzaniga before Connor Essam flung himself to block Sean Rigg's shot as Vale finally began to up the ante.
Danny Kedwell squandered a great chance to increase the visitors' advantage on the break before Vale drew level nine minutes from time. Loft crossed from the right and Rigg rose majestically to bury a perfectly placed header high inside Gazzaniga's right-hand post ahead of Richards' late winner.
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