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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 Burton Albion 28 54
3 Wycombe Wanderers 28 53
4 Luton Town 27 50
5 Southend United 28 50
6 Newport County AFC 28 46
7 Bury 28 44
8 Stevenage 28 41
9 Exeter City 29 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 28 40
11 Morecambe 28 38
12 Northampton Town 28 37
13 AFC Wimbledon 27 37
14 Cambridge United 27 36
15 Oxford United 28 33
16 Accrington Stanley 27 33
17 Tranmere Rovers 27 30
18 Portsmouth 27 30
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 28 30
20 Carlisle United 28 30
21 Cheltenham Town 28 30
22 York City 28 28
23 Mansfield Town 27 28
24 Hartlepool United 28 21