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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Danny Pugh (45')
  • Ben Whitfield (82')
  • Danny Pugh (45'+2')
  • Louis Reed (56')

Ten-man Port Vale snatch late victory against struggling Chesterfield

Port Vale claimed a late 2-1 win against relegation-threatened Chesterfield despite playing 45 minutes with 10 men.
Danny Pugh put the home side ahead on the stroke of half-time when he converted David Worrall's low cross, but the midfielder was dismissed in first-half stoppage-time for a dangerous tackle on Jacob Brown.
Central midfielder Louis Reed, on loan from Sheffield United, levelled for Chesterfield on 56 minutes with a great 25-yard free-kick which found the top corner.
However, substitute Ben Whitfield showed composure in front of goal to curl past Aaron Ramsdale with seven minutes remaining to put Vale back in front.
Reed went close with another free-kick in the final minute but he sent his effort over the crossbar as the visitors searched for a last-gasp equaliser.
Andrew Talbot almost earned a share of the spoils for Chesterfield when he made a late run into the penalty area in stoppage-time but he could only shoot straight at goalkeeper Ryan Boot.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 28 +18 53
2 Exeter City 27 +11 53
3 Crewe Alexandra 26 +16 47
4 Plymouth Argyle 26 +16 47
5 Bradford City 27 +11 45
6 Northampton Town 27 +10 45
7 Cheltenham Town 27 +19 44
8 Colchester United 27 +13 44
9 Forest Green Rovers 28 +8 44
10 Port Vale 28 +2 41
11 Newport County 25 +3 36
12 Walsall 28 -9 36
13 Salford City 28 -4 35
14 Scunthorpe United 28 -3 32
15 Crawley Town 28 -3 32
16 Cambridge United 28 -7 31
17 Grimsby Town 26 -5 30
18 Oldham Athletic 28 -15 29
19 Mansfield Town 28 -8 27
20 Leyton Orient 27 -11 27
21 Carlisle United 27 -20 26
22 Macclesfield Town 26 -4 24
23 Stevenage 28 -12 22
24 Morecambe 28 -26 22