April 5, 2013
Vale hit Brewers for seven
Lee Hughes fired a hat-trick to tighten Port Vale's grip on a top-three finish in League Two with a stunning 7-1 demolition of promotion rivals Burton.
The veteran striker struck twice from the penalty spot after opening rampant Vale's account with a firm header.
Chris Birchall curled in a third and the Football League's leading scorer Tom Pope swelled his tally to 32 for the season with the fifth, before substitute Ben Williamson scored twice late on as fifth-placed Burton were sent packing in front of a 10,978 crowd at Vale Park.
The Brewers were wilting as early as the 12th minute when Hughes polished off a Daniel Jones' cross.
Then when he was impeded by Zander Diamond, the frontman sent Stuart Tomlinson the wrong way from 12 yards, before Birchall struck with a stunning effort from the edge of the box.
Hughes completed his hat-trick with a second penalty five minutes after half-time, awarded for a trip on Birchall by Alex MacDonald.
Vale added to the rout with Pope rounding Tomlinson to slide in a fifth soon after.
And while Albion substitute Matt Paterson reduced the arrears with a long-range effort, Williamson latched on to Pope's flick-on and drove past Tomlinson before heading in Chris Shuker's free-kick to bring up the seventh in the final minute.
|Port Vale||Burton Albion|
|1 Chris Neal||13 Stuart Tomlinson|
|6 Darren Purse||24 Ian Sharps|
|25 Liam Chilvers||5 Alexander Diamond|
|2 Adam Yates||20 Anthony O'Connor|
|36 Daniel Jones||7 Lee Fowler|
|26 Chris Birchall||23 Lee Bell|
|4 Anthony Griffith||19 Jacques Maghoma|
|7 Doug Loft||14 Damien McCrory|
|9 Jennison Myrie-Williams||22 Jack Dyer|
|29 Lee Hughes||30 Michael Symes|
|11 Tom Pope||26 Alexander MacDonald|
|12 Sam Johnson.||Dean Lyness 16|
|24 Richard Duffy||Andrew Corbett 2|
|5 John McCombe||Aaron Webster 3|
|15 Chris Shuker||Marcus Holness 21|
|8 Louis Dodds||Jimmy Phillips 17|
|16 Calvin Andrew||Matthew Palmer 15|
|19 Ben Williamson||Matthew Paterson 18|
|Ben Williamson for Lee Hughes (58)||Ariel Borysiuk for Lee Fowler (46)|
|Louis Dodds for Jennison Myrie-Williams (65)||Andrew Corbett for Alexander MacDonald (61)|
|Chris Shuker for Anthony Griffith (72)||Matthew Palmer for Lee Bell (79)|
|Lee Hughes (51)||Damien McCrory (38)|
|· Squads: Port Vale | Burton Albion|