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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 38 83
2 Preston North End 37 73
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 38 61
6 Peterborough United 38 56
7 Barnsley 38 55
8 Rochdale 37 53
9 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
10 Fleetwood Town 38 52
11 Oldham Athletic 38 52
12 Chesterfield 37 51
13 Bradford City 36 51
14 Gillingham 38 48
15 Port Vale 38 48
16 Walsall 37 46
17 Coventry City 38 43
18 Scunthorpe United 37 43
19 Crawley Town 38 43
20 Notts County 37 42
21 Crewe Alexandra 38 42
22 Leyton Orient 37 39
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 38 33