REPORT: Port Vale v Yeovil Town
REPORT: Port Vale v Yeovil Town
Vale came from behind to earn their first point of 2018 at the third time of asking, with a less than convincing performance against Yeovil Town.
Vale never really played to the levels witnessed in their last two home fixtures against Coventry and Luton and fell behind after just 11 minutes when Zoko netted the opener.
It was difficult to see how Vale would get anything from the game , but to their credit they improved as the second half went on and were finally rewarded when the referee pointed to the penalty spot and Tom Pope levelled in the 86th minute.
Tom Anderson returned to the side after missing Vale’s last game after missing last weekend’s game at Forest Green due to him suffering from a broke nose at Meadow Lane in Vale’s previous fixture.
Sporting a protective mask, he was back in from the start, while latest loan signing, Wolves youngster Donovan Wilson had to contend with a place on the bench.
There was a scare for the Vale as early as the second minute when Sam Surridge, unmarked, received the ball ten yards from goal.
He looked to be a good two or three yards offside, but play was allowed to continue. Fortunely Ryan Boot had stayed alert and got a hand to the shot, pushing it on to his left upright before the loose ball was dealt with.
But the visitors were not deterred and took the lead in the 11th minute when Francois Zoko gambled and hit a 25 yard shot which crept inside Boot’s left hand post with the Vale ‘keeper rooted to the spot.
To Vale’s credit, they began to get forward and have a go, but were getting very little change from a resolute and determined Glovers’ defence.
In truth, Vale were not really showing enough desire from front to back and for much of the time the visitors were looking the better of the two sides.
The home support were understandably beginning to get a little frustrated and some of them, now and again animated as they let the players know in no uncertain terms they expected more from them.
Vale were not making things easy for themselves, inviting Yeovil on to them, making them look more like a promotion-challenging outfit than a side in the bottom half of the table.
Five minutes before the break Boot did well to pluck a stinging 35 yard shot from Jake Gray out of the air, saving with one hand just under his crossbar before securing the ball at the second attempt.
The visitors almost doubled their lead just three minutes after the break when Boot was beaten by a looping header from Surridge, but the ball came back off the post and the Vale ‘keeper managed to get hold of the loos ball this time.
Neil Aspin’s men continued to struggle to get anything going in the second half and the fans were getting more and more frustrated, as was the manager himself probably.
He made a change in the 65th minute when David Worrall came on for winger Marcus Harness with Vale hoping the midfielder’s energy would make a difference.
It is difficult to know whether or not the change made a difference but all of a sudden Vale began piling forward to finally put the visitors under a bit of pressure.
Vale were thrown a lifeline in the 86th minute when Moar Sowunmi felled Worrall inside the box and Tom Pope gratefully slammed the resulting spot kick high to the ‘keeper’s left to level the scores.#
Dave Johnson – 6TR
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