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  • Date:01 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Vale Park
  • Attendance:4,983
  • Richards (17) Richards (25)
Goal!

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93:38 +3.38

Inswinging corner taken by Tom Newey, Alex Revell takes a shot. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.

92:50 +2.50

Foul by Lewis Grabban on Gareth Owen, free kick awarded. Gareth Owen takes the free kick.

91:34 +1.34

Short corner taken by Doug Loft from the right by-line.

91:19 +1.19

Tom Pope takes a shot. Save made by Conrad Logan.

89:32

Unfair challenge on Gareth Evans by Clayton McDonald results in a free kick. Clayton McDonald receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Newey from own half, clearance made by Clayton McDonald.

88:08

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Tom Newey from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Tom Pope.

84:10

Anthony Griffith challenges Jason Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Griffith goes into the referee's book. Tom Newey delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save by Stuart Tomlinson.

83:28

Andrew Little joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marc Richards.

82:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dale Tonge on Robert Taylor. Free kick crossed left-footed by Doug Loft from left wing, clearance made by Johnny Mullins.

78:15

Unfair challenge on Tom Newey by Marc Richards results in a free kick. Conrad Logan takes the direct free kick.

74:02

Gareth Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Chilvers. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Doug Loft from own half, clearance made by Michael Raynes.

71:28

Ben Williamson leaves the field to be replaced by Sean Rigg.

70:43

Lewis Grabban produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

67:25

(Rotherham) makes a substitution, with Chris Holroyd coming on for Danny Schofield.

66:02

Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Newey, clearance made by Marc Richards.

63:44

Foul by Alex Revell on Gareth Owen, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Owen.

60:02

Foul by Marc Richards on Tom Newey, free kick awarded. Marc Richards is cautioned. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Tom Newey from own half, Liam Chilvers makes a clearance.

58:50

Foul by Gareth Owen on Alex Revell, free kick awarded. Tom Newey delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Stuart Tomlinson.

55:07

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Tom Newey from the left by-line, Stuart Tomlinson makes a brilliant save.

54:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Mullins by Tom Pope. Tom Newey takes the direct free kick.

52:32

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Newey.

49:22

Foul by Gareth Owen on Lewis Grabban, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Tom Newey, clearance made by Anthony Griffith.

46:51

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Tom Newey from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Tomlinson by Lewis Grabban. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

(Rotherham) makes a substitution, with Dale Tonge coming on for Troy Brown.

44:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Schofield on Tom Pope. Doug Loft restarts play with the free kick.

33:36

Lewis Grabban takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

31:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Chilvers on Alex Revell. Free kick crossed left-footed by Tom Newey from own half.

30:26

Foul by Jason Taylor on Anthony Griffith, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gareth Owen.

27:46

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lewis Grabban. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.

25:29

Goal scored by Marc Richards from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Port Vale 2-0 Rotherham.Tom Pope provided the assist for the goal.

25:00

Alex Revell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

21:29

Corner taken by Tom Newey from the right by-line, save by Stuart Tomlinson.

20:30

Corner taken left-footed by Tom Newey to the near post, clearance made by Anthony Griffith.

19:06

Corner taken left-footed by Doug Loft from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Lewis Grabban.

16:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Taylor on Doug Loft. Marc Richards grabs a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Port Vale 1-0 Rotherham.Assist by Doug Loft.

15:39

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Doug Loft from the left by-line, clearance made by Michael Raynes.

14:29

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Schofield from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Clayton McDonald.

11:35

Lewis Grabban produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

10:58

Lewis Grabban takes a shot. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.

10:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tom Pope. Free kick taken by Conrad Logan.

9:21

Corner taken by Tom Newey from the right by-line played to the near post, Michael Raynes challenges Marc Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

8:45

Tom Pope fouled by Jason Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Doug Loft, save by Conrad Logan.

8:17

Danny Schofield is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

5:21

Corner taken by Doug Loft, clearance made by Michael Raynes.

4:19

Danny Schofield crosses the ball, save by Stuart Tomlinson.

3:46

The official flags Lewis Grabban offside. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.

0:25

Corner taken left-footed by Tom Newey from the right by-line, save by Stuart Tomlinson.

Match Preview

Richards returns for Vale Port Vale will have Marc Richards available again for the visit of Rotherham. The striker, who has only featured three times this season due to injury and suspension, has served a three-match ban for the red card he received during the 2-0 victory at Plymouth on September 10. Stuart Tomlinson could keep the number one jersey after replacing Chris Martin in goal against Crewe last weekend and impressing during the 1-1 draw. On-loan defenders Rob Kozluk and Liam Chilvers are likely to make their full home debuts following their first appearances for the club at Gresty Road. Sean Rigg made his return from a hamstring injury as a second-half substitute against the Alex and the striker could be pushing for a starting place. Defender Lee Collins remains a major doubt as he continues his struggle to overcome a groin problem. Rotherham defender Johnny Mullins could start his first game of the season following a long-term injury. Mullins last began a game for the Millers on April 2 and missed the final six games of last season due to a knee problem. But he stepped off the substitutes' bench for the last half-an-hour in last week's home defeat to Southend and manager Andy Scott could opt to recall him to his starting line-up. Midfielder Paul Warne edged closer to a return to first-team action after a lengthy knee injury with an appearance for the reserves this week but is unlikely to feature. Defender Richard Cresswell (ankle) and goalkeeper Jamie Annerson (knee) remain sidelined as the Millers look to bounce back from last Saturday's 4-0 drubbing and secure a second win in six league matches.

Formation:532Manager: Micky Adams

Port Vale

Formation: 442Manager: Andy Scott

Rotherham

  • Stuart Tomlinson
  • Gareth Owen
  • Clayton McDonald
  • Liam Chilvers
  • Rob Kozluk
  • Anthony Griffith
  • Ben Williamson
  • Doug Loft
  • Robert Taylor
  • Tom Pope
  • Marc Richards
  • SUBS
  • Chris Martin
  • Adam Yates
  • Sean Rigg
  • Sam Morsy
  • Andrew Little

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Match Report

Richards at the double on return Two first-half goals by Marc Richards secured a 2-0 triumph for Port Vale and extended Rotherham's poor run of form to one win in six games. Lewis Grabban was dangerous as the visitors made a bright start, but Vale took charge with Richards, on his return after a three-match ban, netting twice in the space of eight minutes. Richards' 18th minute opener came from a 20-yard free-kick which visiting goalkeeper Conrad Logan allowed to slip through his hands and into the corner of the net. But Logan was unguarded when Richards clipped his second from eight yards after ex-Rotherham striker Tom Pope headed on a long clearance from Gareth Owen. The goals knocked the stuffing out of the visitors until Grabban came close to reducing the deficit when Stuart Tomlinson made a smart save as half-time approached. Grabban had an effort ruled out for offside just after the break when Rotherham started to put Vale under the cosh with a succession of corners and free-kicks. But Vale stood strong and were content to protect their lead during an uneventful second-half.

possession


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