Port Vale vs Bristol Rovers: Match preview and team news
League Two – Saturday, April 21, 2011
PORT VALE 1
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BRISTOL ROVERS 0
Marc Richards's first-half winner was the ideal way for the striker to celebrate his 200th appearance for Vale.
The 29-year-old skipper showed his predatory instincts midway through the first half by heading home his 16th goal of the campaign.
Sean Rigg swung over a perfect cross for the striker to power an eight-yard header into the net via a slight deflection to put the valiants on their way.
The visitors' cause was not helped by Tom Parkes's moment of madness just before the break.
The Bristol man was given his marching orders for a rash and dangerous challenge on Chris Shuker.
Port Vale: Martin, Yates, McCombe, Davis, Loft, Griffith (Morsy, 72), Rigg (Taylor, 81), Shuker, Richards, Dodds (Williamson, 74), Pope. Subs not used: James, Marshall.
Bristol Rovers: Bevan, Sawyer, Woodards, Parkes, Bolger , Paterson (Brown , 83), Gill, Dorman, Carayol (Zebroski, 60), Harrold, Richards (Smith, 60). Subs not used: Downes, Brown.
Port Vale: DLWDDD
Bristol Rovers: LLLLWL
WHO WE'D LIKE TO SIGN
Tom Eaves: The highly rated Liverpool-born striker, on loan from Bolton, has scored five times in 10 appearances for a struggling team and could be the one to watch.
WHO TO BOO
Matthew Lund: The 21-year-old midfielder is on a six-month loan deal at Rovers from Stoke City, having started his career at the Crewe Academy.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire): In only his second season as a league referee, he's handed out 30 yellow cards in 11 games this season. Last in charge of the Valiants in a 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury towards the end of last season.
Port Vale: Neal, Duffy, McCombe, McDonald, Yates, Myrie-Williams, Shuker, Burge, Vincent, Dodds, Pope.
Bristol Rovers: Etheridge, Smith, Parkes, Patterson, L Brown, Woodards, Clarkson, W Brown, Riordan, Eaves, Anyinsah.
Vale get back to winning ways with a thumping win against the strugglers.
Tom Pope's double is added to by goals from Ashley Vincent and Louis Dodds.