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Vale Park (ATT 6,738) 29th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Port Vale Port Vale vs Rotherham United Rotherham

Port Vale 2

L Dodds (8)
G Tomlin (68)

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Rotherham 0

C Davis (S/O 54)

Vale halt Millers' charge

Last Updated: 29/12/13 8:35pm

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Tom Pope: Assisted Dodds' opener

Tom Pope: Assisted Dodds' opener

Port Vale moved to the verge of the play-off places with their ninth win in 13 games as 10-man Rotherham fell to a 2-0 defeat.

Rampant Vale were straight into top gear with Tom Pope going close before Louis Dodds fired the home side into an eighth-minute lead.

Pope nodded the ball into his path and Dodds took a touch before blasting a left-footed shot past an unsighted Adam Collin from 16 yards.

Rotherham should have levelled in the 18th minute when Sam Johnson saved Kieran Agard's penalty low to the keeper's right after James Tavernier had been tripped by Richard Duffy.

Michael O'Connor also struck Johnson's right-hand post with a 25-yard free-kick right at the end of a full-blooded and entertaining first half.

But the contest swung Vale's way eight minutes after the interval when Rotherham centre-back Claude Davis was sent off for kicking Pope as the striker lay on the floor.

Pope then climbed to his feet to lay on the killer goal as Gavin Tomlin fired a low right-footed shot past the on-rushing Collin from 12 yards in the 68th minute.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40