Tom Pope nets two more as Port Vale thrash Plymouth
Port Vale 4, Plymouth Argyle 0
A JENNISON Myrie-Williams long-ranger, a goal from Ben Williamson and two from Tom Pope gave Port Vale a comfortable win over 10-man Plymouth to stay two points off the top in League Two.
Myrie-Williams had been the most threatening player on the pitch before he gave Vale the lead in the 32nd minute with a low shot from just outside the area.
Vale's cause was helped almost immediately when the red mist descended on Plymouth striker Nick Chadwick and he was dismissed for flooring Ashley Vincent.
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Pope allowed the home fans to sit more comfortably when he headed home from close range in the 55th minute.
Williamson added another with 15 minutes to go when he kept his cool in the box after fine work from Myrie-Williams and then Pope combined with Ben Williamson to complete yet number 25 of his magical season.
Vale boss Micky Adams made six changes to the team which lost against Fleetwood on New Year's Day, bringing in Rob Taylor, Joe Davis, Doug Loft, Chris Shuker, Vincent and Ben Williamson. Captain Loft took his place back in the middle of midfield.
Rich Duffy, Ryan Burge, Calvin Andrew and Louis Dodds were relegated to the bench while John McCombe (knee) and Sam Morsy (leg) were stuck in the treatment room. Chris Birchall, who return to the Vale in mid-week, was also named among the substitutes.
Myrie-Williams looked to grab the impetus in a scrappy game with some direct running and had the better of Argyle left-back Robbie Williams on a couple of occasions before setting off on a mazy dribble which took him into the area in the 22nd minute.
The winger beat a couple of challegnes as he cut in from the right but his driven shot went just the wrong side of the far post.
Vale who should have taken the lead in the 28th minute when Myrie-Williams created space for himself to exploit, then drew the defenders before slipping the ball to Pope 10 yards out in the centre of the box. The ball might not have fallen perfectly but Pope looked odds on to find the net as he swivelled, only to send his shot narrowly wide as he slipped.
A goal looked almost inevitable and it came from the game's outstanding player, Myrie-Williams, who collected a loose ball on the edge of the area, took a couple of paces and drove it low past Gilmartin.
It got worse for Plymouth from the kick-off when Chadwick elbowed Ashley Vincent. Vincent had hit the deck in similar fashion when the game started but no official had seen what had gone on.
But it did not take much guess work when it happened again second time around and referee Scott Mathieson pulled out his red card after a short discussion with fourth official Matthew Bristow.
It was a moment of madness from former Madeley High student Chadwick and left his team, who had been well in the contest, with a mountain to climb.
Vale seemed to make the points secure when Pope rose highest to head home Taylor's fine cross from the left with 35 minutes to play.
Then great work from Myrie-Williams bringing the ball forward from a disputed Plymouth corner created a half-chance for Williamson, who twisted and turned before slotting home.
Pope showed his confidence was sky high not too long after when he collected the ball from 12 yards after playing a one-two with Williamson and rammed home to complete a heavy win.