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Vale Park (ATT 4,515) 1st February 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: K Evans

Port Vale Port Vale vs Rotherham United Rotherham

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J O'Shea (53)

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O'Shea secures Valiants victory

Last Updated: 01/02/11 11:17pm

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Gannon: Applauds first win

Gannon: Applauds first win

Port Vale manager Jim Gannon celebrated his first win as Jay O'Shea's goal earned the Valiants a 1-0 win over Rotherham.

A large number of Vale players had complained about their treatment under Gannon in a meeting with the club's directors on Monday afternoon, but there were no signs of disharmony in a keenly contested first-half which the home side edged.

Both sides squandered early chances as Vale goalkeeper Chris Martin made a terrific save to deny Adam Le Fondre before home striker Justin Richards scuffed his shot when clean through.

The Valiants were denied by the woodwork soon after when a 20-yard free-kick by O'Shea came back off the base of Andy Warrington's right-hand post.

But O'Shea, on loan from Birmingham, made no mistake when he scored his first goal for the club with a stunning strike eight minutes after the break. Doug Loft's forward pass spun into the air off a defender and O'Shea cracked an unstoppable 20-yard volley.

Justin Richards should have added a second just before the hour when he fired a close range shot over the top after some calamitous Rotherham defending.

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