August 3, 2013
Wasteful Bees settle for point
Brentford failed to put away several second-half opportunities as Port Vale battled to a 1-1 draw in their first game following promotion to Sky Bet League One.
The Bees quality on the ball caused Vale problems early on and Adam Forshaw squandered an excellent opportunity before the visitors took a 27th-minute lead.
The goal was a cracker from right-back Shaleum Logan, who cut inside Daniel Jones and unleashed an unstoppable left-foot shot from 25 yards which flew into the top corner of Chris Neal's net.
But determined Vale were only behind for five minutes before they equalised through skipper Doug Loft.
Gavin Tomlin did well to get in a cross from the right flank and although, Loft's first effort was blocked by a defender, he smashed in the loose ball from six yards.
Clayton Donaldson almost restored Brentford's advantage early in the second half when his lob from Jake Bidwell's superb pass narrowly missed the target.
And the visitors failed to make the most of a dominant second-half display through a combination of poor finishing and Vale's dogged defending.
|1 Chris Neal||David Button|
|2 Adam Yates||2 Kevin O'Connor|
|5 Carl Dickinson||14 Shaleum Logan|
|4 Chris Robertson||6 Harlee Dean|
|3 Daniel Jones||24 Jake Bidwell|
|21 Anthony Griffith||12 Alan McCormack|
|18 Chris Lines||4 Adam Forshaw|
|7 Doug Loft||17 George Saville|
|9 Jennison Myrie-Williams||9 Clayton Donaldson|
|10 Gavin Tomlin||11 William Grigg|
|11 Tom Pope||35 Conor McAleny|
|12 Sam Johnson.||Jack Bonham 16|
|24 Richard Duffy||Javi Venta 18|
|26 Chris Birchall||Ben Nugent|
|8 Louis Dodds||Sam Saunders 7|
|29 Lee Hughes||Martin Fillo 19|
|23 Kaid Mohamed||Jake Reeves 22|
|19 Ben Williamson||Paul Hayes 23|
|· Squads: Port Vale | Brentford|