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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 27 +20 53
2 Exeter City 26 +10 50
3 Cheltenham Town 26 +20 44
4 Crewe Alexandra 25 +15 44
5 Plymouth Argyle 25 +14 44
6 Bradford City 26 +11 44
7 Forest Green Rovers 27 +9 44
8 Northampton Town 26 +7 42
9 Colchester United 26 +12 41
10 Port Vale 27 +1 38
11 Newport County 24 +1 33
12 Walsall 27 -10 33
13 Crawley Town 27 -2 32
14 Salford City 27 -5 32
15 Scunthorpe United 27 -3 31
16 Cambridge United 27 -3 31
17 Grimsby Town 25 -4 30
18 Oldham Athletic 27 -15 28
19 Mansfield Town 27 -6 27
20 Leyton Orient 26 -10 27
21 Carlisle United 26 -20 25
22 Macclesfield Town 25 -3 24
23 Morecambe 27 -23 22
24 Stevenage 27 -16 19