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Unfair challenge on David Raven by Doug Loft results in a free kick. Craig Disley takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Raven on Jemal Johnson. Indirect free kick taken by Gareth Owen.
Handball by Craig Disley. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick. Marc Richards leaves the field to be replaced by Doug Loft.
Jemal Johnson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Shane Cansdell-Sherriff concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Richards. Adam Yates restarts play with the free kick.
Header from close in by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff bounces off the post. The ball is swung over by Steven Leslie, Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.
Headed effort from close range by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff bounces off the post. The ball is delivered by Steven Leslie, save by Stuart Tomlinson.
Header from close range by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff strikes the post. Steven Leslie sends in a cross, save by Stuart Tomlinson.
Short corner worked by Steven Leslie, Anthony Griffith manages to make a clearance. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff has a headed effort at goal from close in that strikes the post.
Lewis Neal is brought on as a substitute for Kevin McIntyre.
John McCombe concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Wright. Indirect free kick taken by Mat Sadler.
Anthony Griffith fouled by David Raven, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Owen takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John McCombe by Matt Harrold. Indirect free kick taken by John McCombe.
Foul by Kevin McIntyre on John McCombe, free kick awarded. John McCombe takes the free kick.
Gary Roberts finds the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Port Vale 1-0 Shrewsbury.Assist on the goal came from Anthony Griffith.
Louis Dodds is brought on as a substitute for Sean Rigg. Tommy Fraser goes off and Jemal Johnson comes on.
Steven Leslie has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
Marc Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mat Sadler. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.
Matt Harrold goes off and Tom Bradshaw comes on. Steven Leslie is brought on as a substitute for Lionel Ainsworth.
Tom Bradshaw is brought on as a substitute for Jake Robinson. Steven Leslie comes on in place of Lionel Ainsworth.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Owen by Matt Harrold. Indirect free kick taken by Gareth Owen.
Sean Rigg fouled by Lionel Ainsworth, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.
Gary Roberts takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary Roberts, Ian Sharps makes a clearance.
Anthony Griffith has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
Sean Rigg takes a shot. Comfortable save by Chris Neal.
Handball decision goes against Matt Harrold. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.
Gary Roberts handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mat Sadler takes the free kick.
Marc Richards fouled by Mat Sadler, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Griffith. Sean Rigg has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
Lionel Ainsworth fouled by Lee Collins, the ref awards a free kick. David Raven takes the direct free kick.
Kevin McIntyre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Collins.
Corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff manages to make a clearance.
Jake Robinson is caught offside. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.
Jake Robinson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Gary Roberts takes the free kick. Tommy Fraser decides to take a short corner, Effort from outside the penalty box by Anthony Griffith goes wide right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Roberts from the right by-line to the near post, Craig Disley manages to make a clearance. Jake Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Griffith. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Fraser.
Foul by Justin Richards on Ian Sharps, free kick awarded. Ian Sharps takes the free kick.
Sean Rigg produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
Gary Roberts takes the inswinging corner, save by Chris Neal.
Matt Harrold gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John McCombe. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Roberts.
Unfair challenge on Matt Harrold by John McCombe results in a free kick. Mat Sadler takes the direct free kick.
Sean Rigg is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.
Pass corner from left by-line crossed in by Mark Wright.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Tommy Fraser goes wide left of the target.
Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff on Marc Richards, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marc Richards.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff on Marc Richards. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Cansdell-Sherriff by Marc Richards. Free kick taken by Chris Neal. The ball is crossed by Marc Richards, David Raven gets a block in.
Foul by John McCombe on Matt Harrold, free kick awarded. Craig Disley restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Mark Wright misses to the right of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Wright, clearance made by Gareth Owen.
The game gets underway.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The second half has started.
The match has reached full-time.
Adams set to keep faith
Micky Adams is likely to name an unchanged line-up as his table-topping Port Vale side welcome local rivals and second-placed Shrewsbury to town for a crunch September showdown.
Adams` only selection poser could be whether to include Louis Dodds in his XI from the off after admitting he had made a tough decision to drop the wide man in favour of the returning Gary Roberts for Saturday`s 2-0 win over Accrington.
Roberts contributed with a typically impressive display although Dodds, a late substitute, found the net within two minutes of coming on.
Adams has warned his side to remain focused despite rising to the top of the League Two table, and he is expecting a tough test against a Shrews outfit who have looked equally as impressive this term.
"It`s a local derby against a Shrewsbury side who are flying," he said. "They have good players. I saw them play against Stoke (in the Carling Cup) where I thought they played particularly well and they have players who can hurt you. We will be ready for it."
Meanwhile, defender Lee Collins is expected to sign a new contract with the Burslem club this week.
Shrewsbury will be without Sean McAllister.
The midfielder was forced off just 14 minutes into Saturday`s 2-2 draw at Wycombe with a hamstring injury and although it is not as bad as first feared, he is still expected to be out for around a week.
Key winger Lionel Ainsworth, having recently recovered from a groin strain, was rested at the weekend but still proved his worth as he came off the bench late on to put Town 2-1 ahead.
Manager Graham Turner opted to keep him fresh bearing in mind the club faced two games in four days and he will now definitely start at Vale Park.
Shrews looked sharp in training on Monday ahead of the crunch clash, and Turner told Shrews Player: "It`s one of those on paper that could be a really cracking game.
"They`ve gone above us at the top of the table, there should be a big crowd there - most of it will be hostile - and we`ve got to silence that."
Roberts strike enough for Vale
Gary Roberts sealed table-topping Port Vale's fifth straight league victory without conceding a goal in a 1-0 win against Shrewsbury.
The midfielder cracked home an unstoppable 25-yard effort beyond Chris Neal 18 minutes from time after racing onto a pass from Lee Collins.
Both sides used up plenty of energy in a frenetic opening spell, but neither goalkeeper was troubled as defenders held the upper hand.
The speed and trickery of Shrewsbury's Lionel Ainsworth posed the biggest threat in the first half and Vale's highly-rated defender Collins was kept on his toes.
But the contest opened up in the second period as Shrews full-back Dave Raven's shot was blocked before a header from Sean Rigg finally forced Neal to make a save.
Roberts' goal sparked a spirited revival from Shrewsbury and big defender Ian Sharps thought he had equalised when his header struck the inside of a post and rolled across the line.
And Vale also survived a couple of almighty scrambles in their six-yard box before their fans were able to celebrate another three points.
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