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Vale Park (ATT 5,449) 22nd March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Port Vale Port Vale vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

Port Vale 3

T Pope (3)
B Knott (47)
B Williamson (56)

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Tranmere 2

A Taylor (58)
J Koumas (60)

Vale edge five-goal thriller

Last Updated: 22/03/14 7:33pm

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Billy Knott: Amongst the goals

Billy Knott: Amongst the goals

Port Vale survived a spirited Tranmere comeback to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory in a thrilling end-to-end contest.

Vale made a fast start and took a third-minute lead through Tom Pope's 15th goal of the season.

Adam Yates' right-wing cross was headed on by Ben Williamson and Pope had the freedom of the six-yard box to fire a right-foot shot past Owain Fon Williams.

Tranmere were all over the place in the opening stages, but they gradually improved and Ryan Lowe should have equalised before the break.

The contest then burst into life with four goals in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.

Vale looked home and dry after Billy Knott arrowed a low left-foot shot inside Fon Williams' left-hand post in the 47th minute and Williamson slipped a low right-foot effort past the visiting keeper from eight yards in the 56th minute.

But Tranmere reduced the arrears in the 58th minute when big defender Ash Taylor buried a towering header inside Chris Neal's left-hand post from Jason Koumas' right-wing corner.

And it was game on two minutes later when Koumas curled a 35-yard free-kick which sailed over everyone and drifted inside Neal's left-hand post.

But Vale held on and could have extended their lead as Doug Loft struck and crossbar before Pope squandered two gilt-edged chances.

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1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24