League One

August 17, 2013

Full-time

Port Vale

2 - 1

Bradford City

League One

14:00 +00:00, August 17, 2013

Vale Park, England

Referee: C Boyeson

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.

Scoring Summary

Port Vale Bradford City
Lee Hughes (43')Nahki Wells (60')
Doug Loft (66')