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Vale Park (ATT 6,002) 18th January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Port Vale Port Vale vs Oldham Athletic Oldham

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It's not grim for Grimmer

Last Updated: 19/01/14 1:00pm

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Jack Grimmer: Bagged the winning goal

Jack Grimmer: Bagged the winning goal

Port Vale's teenage defender Jack Grimmer scored the only goal of the game on his home debut in a 1-0 victory over Oldham.

Grimmer, on loan from Fulham, headed home early in the second half to extend Vale's unbeaten home run to six matches.

Defences were on top in the early stages before Gary Harkins squandered a great chance for the visitors when he screwed his shot wide.

Vale responded with a Tom Pope shot, which was deflected off target before the home side suffered a blow with a serious injury to debutant Florent Cuvelier.

The Belgian midfielder, on loan from Sheffield United, collapsed in agony after turning his knee and was stretchered off and replaced by Chris Shuker.

Vale were fortunate to escape a mighty scramble in their penalty area in the last minute of the first half when Harkins squandered the best of three chances.

But the home side made a positive start to the second half and took a 52nd-minute lead.

The unmarked Grimmer headed Shuker's right-wing corner inside Mark Oxley's right-hand post from eight yards.

Jennison Myrie-Williamson should have put Vale in the comfort zone when his 65th minute penalty was brilliantly saved by Oxley following James Dayton's trip on Pope.

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