April 1, 2013
Pope salvages late point for Vale
Tom Pope rescued promotion-chasing Port Vale again with a late header after former Valiants striker Marc Richards scored twice for Chesterfield in a 2-2 draw at the Proact Stadium.
Darren Purse headed the visitors in front but Richards silenced the 2,000 travelling Vale fans with a deflected free-kick and a sharp finish only for Pope to bag his 31st goal of the season in the 85th minute to salvage a point.
Vale went in front in the fifth minute when Purse was allowed to run across the face of goal to head a corner past Tommy Lee from eight yards.
But Chesterfield responded with two goals in the space of four minutes, with a 25-yard free-kick from Richards taking a big deflection to wrongfoot Chris Neal before the striker scored from a tight angle after Neal could only parry a Jay O'Shea shot.
Vale had been second best in the first half but they carried more of a threat after the break, Doug Loft lifting the ball on to the roof of the net in the 66th minute before his 20-yard shot was tipped over four minutes later.
But Vale's pressure told in the 85th minute when Pope's downward header squirmed under the body of Lee.
|1 Tommy Lee||1 Chris Neal|
|5 Neal Trotman||6 Darren Purse|
|31 Liam Cooper||25 Liam Chilvers|
|12 Tendayi Darwikwa||2 Adam Yates|
|33 Conor Townsend||36 Daniel Jones|
|17 Richard Brindley||4 Anthony Griffith|
|8 Sam Togwell||7 Doug Loft|
|25 Drew Talbot||9 Jennison Myrie-Williams|
|23 Mark Randall||3 Robert Taylor|
|34 James O'Shea||16 Calvin Andrew|
|9 Marc Richards||11 Tom Pope|
|40 Josh Barrington||Sam Johnson. 12|
|6 Sam Hird||Richard Duffy 24|
|10 Danny Whitaker||John McCombe 5|
|7 Alex Henshall||Chris Shuker 15|
|15 Craig Clay||Chris Birchall 26|
|14 Jack Lester||Sam Morsy 18|
|21 Armand Gnanduillet||Ben Williamson 19|
|Sam Hird for Liam Cooper (39)||Chris Birchall for Robert Taylor (37)|
|Armand Gnanduillet for James O'Shea (60)||Ben Williamson for Anthony Griffith (64)|
|Jack Lester for Marc Richards (75)||Chris Shuker for Calvin Andrew (64)|
|Neal Trotman (63)||Anthony Griffith (44)|
|Liam Chilvers (90)|
|· Squads: Chesterfield | Port Vale|