Tom Pope brace helps nine-man Port Vale to victory at Forest Green



Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by PA

Tom Pope brace helps nine-man Port Vale to victory at Forest Green

Nine-man Port Vale remain outside the play-offs on goal difference after a 3-2 win handed Forest Green a fifth consecutive home defeat.

Vale led 3-0 and were coasting with three minutes to go until two late red cards put the game on ice with Forest Green captain Carl Winchester pulling a goal back from the penalty spot on 77 minutes and then planting a header home in the fifth minute of added time.

Mitchell Clark was shown a straight red for Vale when sliding in on Liam Kitching with three minutes to go and two-goal Tom Pope joined him in the sixth minute of stoppage time for catching Ebou Adams.

Earlier,  Vale opened the scoring after 14 minutes when  Joe Worrall’s corner dropped to Shaun Brisley who rifled into the roof of Scott Logan’s net

Vale made it 2-0 with eight minutes of the first half to go. Rovers striker Matty Stevens passed the ball inadvertently to Worrall who picked out Pope who finished clinically.

Pope had appeared to have killed the game after 70 minutes, smashing home a penalty when Adams upended Mitchell Clark from behind.

Adams won a penalty back for Rovers after 77 minutes under a challenge from Luke Joyce and Winchester struck from the spot.

With Vale down to nine men, Winchester struck again in the fifth minute of injury time.

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