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Bescot Stadium (ATT 4,909) 30th November 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Walsall Walsall vs Port Vale Port Vale

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Port Vale 2

T Pope (20)
G Tomlin (66)

Vale unseat Saddlers

Last Updated: 30/11/13 7:23pm

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Tom Pope: Amongst the goals

Tom Pope: Amongst the goals

Port Vale ended a 66-year jinx as they deservedly beat local rivals Walsall 2-0 at the Banks's Stadium.

The Valiants had not won a league game at Walsall since 1947 but on Saturday they were full value for the three points, scoring in each half through Tom Pope and Gavin Tomlin.

Vale's more direct approach paid dividends in he 20th minute when they took the lead. Defender Adam Yates pushed forward and delivered a low cross into the box for top-scorer Pope to drive his eighth goal of the season past Saddlers goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

Walsall played some neat football but the closest they came to scoring in the first half was when Romaine Sawyers saw his fierce shot deflected wide for a corner.

Chris Lines had the ball in the net for Vale again just before half-time but it was disallowed for a foul on Andy Butler.

Micky Adams' men made sure of the points in the 66th minute when a long throw-in from Carl Dickinson landed at the feet of Tomlin, who swivelled to smash a rising shot into the roof of the net.

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Sky Bet League 1

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