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Vale Park (ATT 5,569) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Port Vale Port Vale vs Walsall Walsall

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J Myrie-Williams (pen 52)

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Myrie-Williams spot on in win

Last Updated: 05/04/14 7:08pm

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Jennison Myrie-Williams: Scored from the spot

Jennison Myrie-Williams: Scored from the spot

Jennison Myrie-Williams netted a second-half penalty to give Port Vale a 1-0 victory and end Walsall's five-match unbeaten run.

Both teams threatened in a lively start with Chris Birchall and Doug Loft going close for Vale and home goalkeeper Sam Johnson saving from Romaine Sawyers and Michael Ngoo.

But defences remained largely on top during a hard fought first-half which was most notable for a number of crunching tackles.

Vale took the lead seven minutes into the second-half after their top scorer Tom Pope was pulled down in the penalty area by Paul Downing.

Myrie-Williams made no mistake from the spot as he cracked his left-foot shot inside Richard O'Donnell's left-hand post as the keeper dived to the right.

Walsall improved after Amadou Bakayoko and Milan Lalkovic were introduced in a double substitution in the 68th minute.

Lalkovic soon forced two diving saves from Johnson before Bakayoko fired a tame shot at the Vale stopper after bursting clear.

Loft then went close to doubling Vale's lead before the home side defended doggedly to repel strong pressure in the closing stages.

Vale hung on to record a league double over Walsall for the first time since the 1899/1900 season.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 17 36
2 Swindon Town 17 32
3 Preston North End 17 31
4 Notts County 16 29
5 Sheffield United 16 29
6 Milton Keynes Dons 14 27
7 Peterborough United 17 27
8 Rochdale 16 26
9 Oldham Athletic 17 26
10 Fleetwood Town 17 25
11 Barnsley 16 22
12 Port Vale 17 22
13 Bradford City 17 22
14 Chesterfield 17 21
15 Crawley Town 17 20
16 Walsall 17 19
17 Doncaster Rovers 15 18
18 Colchester United 17 17
19 Gillingham 17 17
20 Coventry City 17 17
21 Leyton Orient 17 16
22 Scunthorpe United 16 15
23 Crewe Alexandra 17 15
24 Yeovil Town 17 14