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Vale Park 3rd August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Bratt

Port Vale Port Vale vs Brentford Brentford

Port Vale 1

D Loft (31)

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Brentford 1

S Logan (27)

Valiant Vale claim point

Last Updated: 03/08/13 6:42pm

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Doug Loft: Scored the equaliser

Doug Loft: Scored the equaliser

Brentford missed several second-half chances as Port Vale battled to a 1-1 draw in their first game following promotion to League One.

The Bees quality on the ball caused Vale problems early on and Adam Forshaw squandered an excellent opportunity before the visitors took a 27th-minute lead.

The goal was a cracker from right-back Shaleum Logan, who cut inside Daniel Jones and unleashed an unstoppable left-foot shot from 25 yards which flew into the top corner of Chris Neal's net.

But determined Vale were only behind for five minutes before they equalised through skipper Doug Loft.

Gavin Tomlin did well to get in a cross from the right flank and although, Loft's first effort was blocked by a defender, he smashed in the loose ball from six yards.

Clayton Donaldson almost restored Brentford's advantage early in the second half when his lob from Jake Bidwell's superb pass narrowly missed the target.

And the visitors failed to make the most of a dominant second-half display through a combination of poor finishing and Vale's dogged defending.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24