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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 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 96
2 Brentford 43 90
3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
5 Preston North End 43 79
6 Peterborough United 43 67
7 Swindon Town 43 63
8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
14 Bristol City 43 53
15 Gillingham 43 51
16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39