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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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4 Swindon Town 34 61
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6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30