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Sky Bet League 2

Highbury Stadium (ATT 3,392) 18th September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: N Miller

Fleetwood Fleetwood Town vs Port Vale Port Vale

Fleetwood 2

J Brown (39)
S Gillespie (pen 84)

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Port Vale 5

T Pope (29, 60)
A Vincent (34)
L Dodds (67, 78)

Dominant Vale thump Cod Army

Last Updated: 18/09/12 11:52pm

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Pope: Bagged a brace for Vale

Pope: Bagged a brace for Vale

Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon's decision to change the league's strongest defence proved costly as they lost 5-2 at home to Port Vale.

The sides looked well matched in the opening exchanges of Tuesday's League Two clash at Highbury but it was Vale who made their pressure tell.

Just before the half hour, Jennison Myrie-Williams terrorised the home fence and slotted through for Tom Pope to shake off Dean Howells and power the ball past goalkeeper Scott Davies.

Six minutes later, Vale's Ashley Vincent found himself in acres of space and punished the Cod Army from the edge of the box.

Fleetwood stayed in the game thanks to a looping header from Junior Brown, but Vale finished them off ruthlessly.

Pope grabbed his second when he smashed John McCombe's parried shot beyond Davies and a brace from Louis Dodds in nine minutes finished off the home side. Dodds was gifted his first thanks to a disastrous Ashley Eastham back pass, allowing him to tap the ball home, and smashed a second home unmarked from inside the box after 68 minutes.

Dejected Fleetwood took solace in a penalty from substitute Steven Gillespie in the 83rd minute.

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2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
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6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39