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Corner taken left-footed by Doug Loft, Dean Beckwith fouled by Tom Pope, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.
Kris Taylor takes a shot.
Marc Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Tozer. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Doug Loft from the right by-line, Ben Tozer makes a clearance.
Anthony Griffith is shown a yellow card. Anthony Griffith challenges Liam Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Josh Walker, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Martin by Billy Mckay. Chris Martin restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Tom Pope from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Effort on goal by Anthony Griffith from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Liam Davis goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Liam Davis challenges Adam Yates unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Roberts.
Tom Pope takes a shot. Chris Dunn makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Doug Loft from the right by-line, Tom Pope takes a shot. Save by Chris Dunn.
Corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, clearance by Dean Beckwith.
Marc Richards comes on in place of James O'Shea. (Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Gary Roberts coming on for Exodus Geohaghon.
Shaun Harrad goes off and Billy Mckay comes on. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Hall by James O'Shea. Marcus Hall takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Harrad by John McCombe. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael Jacobs from left wing, clearance by Anthony Griffith.
Nathaniel Wedderburn on for Leon McKenzie.
James O'Shea takes the inswinging corner, Justin Richards takes a shot. Clearance made by Paul Rodgers. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Doug Loft from the right by-line, save by Chris Dunn.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Doug Loft by Abdul Osman. Indirect free kick taken by Kris Taylor.
Abdul Osman is sent off.
The referee blows for offside against Tom Pope. Chris Dunn takes the indirect free kick.
Liam Davis comes on in place of Andrew Holt. The referee blows for offside against Tom Pope. Chris Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
Shaun Harrad has a curled shot. Corner from the left by-line taken by Josh Walker, Anthony Griffith makes a clearance.
Leon McKenzie scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Port Vale 1-1 Northampton.Marcus Hall provided the assist for the goal.
James O'Shea challenges Abdul Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Beckwith restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Tom Pope, save by Chris Dunn.
Paul Rodgers shown a yellow card. Justin Richards scores a penalty. Port Vale 1-0 Northampton.Tom Pope fouled by Paul Rodgers, the ref awards a Penalty.
The referee shows Marcus Hall a yellow card. Foul by Marcus Hall on Anthony Griffith, free kick awarded. Adam Yates takes the free kick.
Doug Loft produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Shaun Harrad takes a shot. Save made by Chris Martin.
The offside flag is raised against Tom Pope. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Martin.
The referee blows for offside against Justin Richards. Chris Dunn takes the indirect free kick.
(Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Anthony Griffith coming on for Robert Taylor.
Corner taken by Doug Loft, Dean Beckwith makes a clearance.
Tom Pope takes a shot. Chris Dunn makes a save.
Leon McKenzie challenges Lee Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Martin takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Rodgers on Robert Taylor. Free kick crossed left-footed by Doug Loft from left channel, clearance made by Dean Beckwith.
Foul by Justin Richards on Ben Tozer, free kick awarded. Chris Dunn takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is swung over by Justin Richards.
The ball is sent over by Robert Taylor, save made by Paul Rodgers.
Chris Martin fouled by Leon McKenzie, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Martin restarts play with the free kick.
Marcus Hall concedes a free kick for a foul on James O'Shea. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Doug Loft.
Shaun Harrad produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Justin Richards fouled by Paul Rodgers, the ref awards a free kick. Kris Taylor takes the free kick.
Tom Pope gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Rodgers. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
Shaun Harrad takes a shot. Chris Martin makes a save.
The referee gives a free kick against Leon McKenzie for handball. Chris Martin takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker from the left by-line, clearance made by Tom Pope.
Robert Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon McKenzie. Josh Walker sends in a cross, Dean Beckwith takes a shot. Save by Chris Martin.
Abdul Osman takes a shot. Save by Chris Martin. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Josh Walker.
Doug Loft gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdul Osman. Direct free kick taken by Josh Walker.
Tom Pope concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Rodgers. Dean Beckwith takes the free kick.
Josh Walker takes a corner.
Robert Taylor takes a shot. Chris Dunn makes a save.
Kris Taylor fouled by Abdul Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Martin restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by James O'Shea, save by Chris Dunn.
Defensive poser for Gannon
Jim Gannon must decide who to go with at the heart of defence for Port Vale`s home clash against Northampton.
Vale skipper Gareth Owen has been ruled out for four to six weeks having sustained bone bruising to his ankle joint during last weekend`s 1-1 draw at Wycombe - a positive outcome considering it was initially thought he had suffered a fracture.
Fellow centre-back John McCombe missed out altogether at Adams Park having failed a pre-match fitness test on a calf strain, but he should be okay to return against the Cobblers.
That leaves Gannon with a decision to make as to who partners McCombe, with Exodus Geohaghon likely to get the nod ahead of Ritchie Sutton and Lee Collins - who is expected to revert to left-back.
Midfielder Gary Roberts is available despite being handed a three-match ban for his midweek dismissal while playing for the reserves, with the suspension coming into effect for the games against Stevenage, Aldershot and Macclesfield.
Chris Martin continues in goal with Stuart Tomlinson (hip) still struggling, while striker and captain Marc Richards (thigh) is nearing his return but Saturday comes just too soon.
Northampton will be without full-back John Johnson for the clash.
Johnson missed the goalless draw with Barnet last weekend with a knee injury and is still out, while captain Andy Holt remains a doubt with his own knee problem.
Striker Leon McKenzie could return to the starting line-up after being rested against the Bees and Liam Davis is available to return at left-back after recovering from a knee injury.
Former Coventry midfielder Kevin Thornton is now fit after a hamstring problem and could feature for the first time since January 8 as the Cobblers look to extend their unbeaten run to four games.
Former Darlington striker Tadhg Purcell is still sidelined with the serious knee injury which ended his season in August while midfielder Ryan Gilligan has joined Torquay on a month-long loan deal.
Cobblers hold on
Northampton survived a late barrage with 10 men to hold out for a hard earned point after a 1-1 draw at promotion chasing Port Vale.
The visitors were the better side for most of the first-half when Vale goalkeeper Chris Martin made smart saves from Josh Walker and Shaun Harrad.
Vale struggled to get going on a bog of a pitch, but they did create the best chance of the first 45 minutes for Jay O'Shea just before the break.
Tom Pope rolled the ball perfectly into his path and O'Shea chose placement instead of power from 10 yards and Chris Dunn made the save.
The game sprung to life when Pope was upended by Paul Rodgers and Justin Richards converted the resulting penalty in the 55th minute.
Leon McKenzie headed an equaliser three minutes later when he rose to head home Marcus Hall's cross from six yards.
Harrad then crashed a shot against the crossbar, but the pendulum swung again when Abdul Osman was shown a straight red card for a 68th-minute foul on Dough Loft.
Vale poured forward in search of a winner and there were several close shaves, including a goal-line clearance from Michael Jacobs and a Kris Taylor effort which struck the bar.
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