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Vale Park (ATT 4,769) 13th September 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Whitestone

Port Vale Port Vale vs Bradford City Bradford

Port Vale 3

R Taylor (5, 39)
T Pope (90+3)

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Bradford 2

J Devitt (24)
R Jones (50)

Vale rejoice in Pope's winner

Last Updated: 13/09/11 11:51pm

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Pope: Dramatic winner

Pope: Dramatic winner

Tom Pope headed a dramatic winner in stoppage time to give Port Vale a 3-2 home victory over Bradford City.

Vale went ahead in the fifth minute when Luke Moore lost possession to Mike Green and Taylor latched onto the loose ball to clatter a spectacular 25-yard shot high inside Matt Duke's left-hand post.

Bradford equalised in the 24th minute when Moore and Kyel Reid combined to tee up Jamie Devitt to drive a 20-yard shot which bounced in off the underside of the bar.

The contest was wide open and Vale regained the lead in bizarre style six minutes before the break when Taylor's lob into the box deceived Duke and dropped into the corner of the net.

But Bradford were level again five minutes after the interval with Devitt this time the provider with a pass for Ritchie Jones to strike low inside Martin's right-hand post from 18 yards.

The visitors were in the ascendancy for much of the rest of a highly entertaining contest, but Pope settled it when he buried a towering header from eight yards after a terrific cross from substitute Doug Loft.

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