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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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Sky Bet League 2
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1 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27

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