August 17, 2013
Loft lifts Vale
Skipper Doug Loft fired the decisive goal as Port Vale secured a deserved first victory of the season with a hard fought 2-1 success over Bradford.
The visitors looked full of confidence in the early stages and Nathan Doyle was unfortunate with a rasping volley which flew for a corner off the head of Adam Yates.
But Vale soon responded in a wide open and physical contest with Tom Pope failing to hit the target with two close-range headers.
Visiting keeper Jon McLaughlin then made smart saves from Lee Hughes and Kaid Mohamed before Vale's pressure told in the 42nd minute.
Bradford left-back James Meredith scuffed an intended backpass and Hughes nipped in to round McLaughlin and slot the ball into an unguarded net.
The visitors equalised in the 59th minute after a brilliant piece of skill by Nahki Wells, who fired in the loose ball from two yards after his initial effort was saved.
But Vale's winner arrived seven minutes later when Loft struck a 20-yard shot from Hughes' lay-off and the ball took a deflection to beat McLaughlin high inside his left-hand post.
|Port Vale||Bradford City|
|1 Chris Neal||1 Jon McLaughlan|
|2 Adam Yates||23 Rory McArdle|
|5 Carl Dickinson||3 James Meredith|
|4 Chris Robertson||2 Stephen Darby|
|3 Daniel Jones||5 Andrew Davies|
|23 Kaid Mohamed||18 Gary Jones|
|18 Chris Lines||11 Garry Thompson|
|7 Doug Loft||14 Mark Yeates|
|9 Jennison Myrie-Williams||24 Nathan Doyle|
|29 Lee Hughes||9 James Hanson|
|11 Tom Pope||21 Nahki Wells|
|24 Richard Duffy||Connor Ripley 12|
|15 Chris Shuker||Matthew Taylor 15|
|26 Chris Birchall||Carl McHugh 16|
|21 Anthony Griffith||Richard Ravenhill 4|
|8 Louis Dodds||Alan Connell 17|
|10 Gavin Tomlin||Kyel Reid 7|
|19 Ben Williamson||Raffaele De Vita 20|
|Louis Dodds for Lee Hughes (90)||Kyel Reid for Mark Yeates (71)|
|Anthony Griffith for Jennison Myrie-Williams (90)||Raffaele De Vita for Garry Thompson (71)|
|Alan Connell for Stephen Darby (88)|
|Doug Loft (41)||Kyel Reid (74)|
|Chris Lines (45)|
|Carl Dickinson (56)|
|· Squads: Port Vale | Bradford City|