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Prenton Park (ATT 5,334) 28th September 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Paul Tierney

Tranmere Tranmere Rovers vs Port Vale Port Vale

Tranmere 0

L Ridehalgh (S/O 32)

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Port Vale 1

C Lines (56)

Rovers downed by Lines magic

Last Updated: 28/09/13 7:21pm

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Chris Lines: Match-winning strike

Chris Lines: Match-winning strike

Chris Lines' second-half free-kick proved the difference as Port Vale clinched a 1-0 win over 10-man Tranmere at Prenton Park.

Lines' 56th minute effort curled into the top left-hand corner from 25 yards to give Vale a much deserved winner after Tom Pope has missed a first-half penalty.

Liam Ridehalgh, making his debut for the home side after arriving on emergency loan from Huddersfield, was given a straight red on the half hour for pulling back Chris Birchall in the area.

But Owain fon Williams, who had already made a couple of fine saves in the opening period, dived to his left to fingertip Pope's spot-kick around the post.

The home side, who are still without a win since August, were always going to be up against in the second period in the search for an equaliser.

Pope twice was denied by fon Williams but Vale were nearly made to pay for not putting the game to bed when Ash Taylor headed against the bar for the home side in injury time.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Swindon Town 27 54
4 Preston North End 27 47
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6 Sheffield United 25 39
7 Rochdale 26 38
8 Bradford City 26 37
9 Fleetwood Town 27 37
10 Oldham Athletic 26 37
11 Peterborough United 27 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 26 36
13 Notts County 27 35
14 Port Vale 28 35
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Scunthorpe United 25 33
17 Barnsley 26 32
18 Gillingham 27 31
19 Coventry City 28 31
20 Crewe Alexandra 27 29
21 Colchester United 27 28
22 Crawley Town 28 27
23 Leyton Orient 27 26
24 Yeovil Town 28 25