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Vale Park (ATT 5,593) 30th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Port Vale Port Vale vs Chesterfield Chesterfld

Port Vale 1

M Marshall (41)

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Chesterfld 2

E Doyle (9)
G Roberts (46)
I Evatt (S/O 84)

Excellent Roberts earns win

Last Updated: 30/08/14 7:20pm

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Gary Roberts; Man of the match

Gary Roberts; Man of the match

Gary Roberts made one goal and scored the other as he masterminded a deserved 2-1 victory for Chesterfield at Port Vale.

The visitors dominated most of the early play and took the lead in the ninth minute when Eoin Doyle kneed in the rebound from four yards after Roberts' shot had came back off a post.

Tom Pope struck the outside of a post as Vale attempted to fight their way back and the home side levelled against the run of play five minutes before the break.

Mark Marshall burst into the Chesterfield box from the right flank and smashed an angled drive high inside visiting goalkeeper Tommy Lee's left-hand post from 14 yards.

Vale should have gone ahead just two minutes later when Pope's cushioned header dropped perfectly for Chris Lines, who miscued with the goal at his mercy.

But Chesterfield were back in front just 16 seconds into the second period. Roberts mesmerised Ryan McGivern before placing an angled left-footed shot which clipped the inside of the far post on its way in.

Colin Daniel forced a fine save from Lee before former Vale midfielder Sam Morsy retaliated when he rattled the crossbar from 30 yards.

Chesterfield were reduced to 10 men for the final seven minutes after Ian Evatt was sent off for a second bookable offence.

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Sky Bet League 1

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