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Vale Park (ATT 6,158) 8th August 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Waugh

Port Vale Port Vale vs Rochdale Rochdale

Port Vale 1

M Richards (pen 75)

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Rochdale 1

J Thompson (66)

Rochdale denied by penalty

Honours even at Vale Park

Last Updated: 08/08/09 6:23pm

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Adams: Point from first game

Adams: Point from first game

A controversial penalty got Port Vale's new manager Micky Adams off the mark with a point his team barely deserved from a 1-1 draw with Rochdale.

Rochdale looked like securing their first win at Vale Park until a linesman adjudged a cross by Lee Collins had struck Tom Kennedy on the arm and Marc Richards dispatched the spot-kick.

The visitors' pace in attack gave them the edge in a hard fought first-half which saw Joe Thompson and Chris Dagnall go close as Thompson's header from Will Buckley's 16th minute corner was cleared in front of the line by Richards and the elusive Dagnall tested Chris Martin twice, with the second attempt forcing a flying save from the Vale 'keeper.

Increasing pressure finally brought its reward in the 66th minute when Thompson buried a far-post header after leaping to meet an excellent cross from Buckley.

It didn't look good for Adams' men, but they got the break they needed 15 minutes from time and Richards made no mistake from the spot to earn Vale a share of the spoils.

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Table

Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 43 71
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 Portsmouth 43 54
15 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
16 Cheltenham Town 43 52
17 Accrington Stanley 43 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 43 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 43 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39

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