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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 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19