MX23RW : Monday, January 21 06:26:15
Nov 15, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Vale Park
Port Vale
1-0
Rochdale
Brown (64')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Port Vale move into top half with win over Rochdale

Port Vale sneak past Rochdale with a 1-0 victory that moves them into the top half of the table.

Port Vale moved into the top half of League One with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Rochdale this afternoon.

Carl Dickinson of Port Vale is tackled by Stephen Dawson of Rochdale during the Sky Bet League One match between Port Vale and Rochdale at Vale Park on November 15, 2014© Getty Images

Calvin Andrew, making just his third league start of the season, almost put the visitors ahead inside the first two minutes, but the forward sent his glancing header the wrong side of the post.

Michael Rose was the next player to go close when he thumped an effort wide of the upright as Rochdale began in a positive manner.

Chris Neal then kept his side level with a sprawling save from Stephen Dawson's shot before Andrew headed wide once more.

Port Vale had struggled to get into the game in the opening quarter of an hour, but they almost took the lead in the 16th minute. Adam Yates saw his drive deflected into the air and only a couple of reaction saves from Conrad Logan kept the home side out.

Dany N'Guessan then bent an effort wide of the upright as Port Vale gained confidence, and Michael O'Connor saw his free kick from 30 yards flick off the wall and drop behind for a corner.

After the break, Jamie Allen arrowed a powerful volley towards the top corner, but Neal produced a save to preserve his clean sheet.

Shortly after Neal's save, the home side went ahead through Michael Brown, who guided an 18-yard finish into the corner of the net to put Vale 1-0 up.

Ben Williamson then should have put the game beyond the reach of Rochdale, but after rounding the goalkeeper, the 25-year-old struck the upright.

Despite a late surge by the visitors, Port Vale held on to secure all three points.

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