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Vale Park (ATT 3,755) 1st April 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Port Vale Port Vale vs Crawley Town Crawley

Port Vale 2

B Knott (50)
D Loft (84)
C Robertson (S/O 90)


Crawley 1

B Clarke (pen 35)
D Bulman (S/O 67)

Loft lifts Vale to victory

Last Updated: 01/04/14 10:35pm

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Doug Loft: Match-winning strike

Doug Loft: Match-winning strike

Skipper Doug Loft fired Port Vale to a 2-1 home victory over Crawley in a game which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Crawley were out of the traps quickly and had enough chances to put the game to bed inside the opening 20 minutes.

The best of them fell to Billy Clarke in the 17th minute when his 12-yard shot was cleared off the line by Richard Duffy.

Clarke finally rewarded the visitors' dominance 10 minutes from the interval when he made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Vale defender Joe Davis felled Rory Fallon and Clarke fired his spot-kick inside Sam Johnson's left-hand post as the Vale keeper dived in the wrong direction.

Jennison Myrie-Williams and Billy Knott also squandered good opportunities for Vale in a first half which should have produced more goals.

Crawley started the second-half confidently, but Vale equalised with a terrific goal by Knott in the 50th minute.

The visitors failed to clear after Tom Pope headed down Duffy's cross and Knott cracked a 20-yard left-foot shot which flicked the underside of the bar as it sped into the top right-hand corner of Paul Jones' net.

Crawley should have regained the lead when Clarke was denied by Johnson in the 66th minute, but they were reduced to 10 men a minute later when Dannie Bulman was sent off for a second yellow card.

The visitors looked set to hold on until Loft struck a powerful and low left-foot shot from 20 yards which slipped through Jones' grasp and rolled over the line.

Vale were also reduced to 10 men in the last minute when defender Chris Robertson was sent off for violent conduct following an altercation with Mark Connolly.

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2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40