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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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2 Milton Keynes Dons 21 44
3 Swindon Town 22 44
4 Preston North End 22 44
5 Bradford City 22 33
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Rochdale 22 31
8 Notts County 21 31
9 Chesterfield 22 31
10 Peterborough United 22 30
11 Oldham Athletic 22 30
12 Port Vale 22 29
13 Doncaster Rovers 21 29
14 Fleetwood Town 22 27
15 Walsall 22 27
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Scunthorpe United 21 26
18 Gillingham 22 25
19 Coventry City 22 25
20 Leyton Orient 22 22
21 Crawley Town 22 22
22 Crewe Alexandra 22 22
23 Colchester United 22 20
24 Yeovil Town 22 20