In-form Pope fires Vale to win

Tom Pope netted a brace as Port Vale kept up the pressure on leaders Gillingham with a 4-1 home victory against 10-man Wycombe.

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Pope: At the double for Vale

Pope: At the double for Vale

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The visitors had taken the lead with a 20th minute penalty after John McCombe was penalised for a challenge on Bruno Andrade. Joel Grant fired a confident spot kick low inside Chris Neal's right-hand post to give the Vale goalkeeper no chance.

Micky Adams' men were given a lift just before half-time when Wycombe striker Jo Kuffour was sent off for a second yellow card after clattering into Neal.

Neal kept out Joel Grant's spectacular strike with a magnificent save four minutes into the second period before Vale hit top gear. Substitute Ben Williamson was introduced as a third striker and he was on the field for just five minutes when he equalised in the 59th minute.

Pope's astute pass sent him racing clear and Williamson placed a low shot inside Nikki Bull's right-hand post from 14 yards. And Pope rose highest to nod in Ashley Vincent's left-wing cross from six yards in the 66th minute.

Pope then put a majestic header into the top corner from substitute Kingsley James' right-wing cross before Bull spilled a fierce 30-yard shot from Vincent into the net in stoppage time.

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Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 AFC W'don 0 0 0
2 Accrington 0 0 0
3 Burton Alb 0 0 0
4 Bury 0 0 0
5 Cambridge Utd 0 0 0
6 Carlisle 0 0 0
7 Cheltenham 0 0 0
8 Dag + Red 0 0 0
9 Exeter 0 0 0
10 Hartlepool 0 0 0
11 Luton Town 0 0 0
12 Mansfield 0 0 0
13 Morecambe 0 0 0
14 Newport 0 0 0
15 Northamptn 0 0 0
16 Oxford Utd 0 0 0
17 Plymouth 0 0 0
18 Portsmouth 0 0 0
19 Shrewsbury 0 0 0
20 Southend 0 0 0
21 Stevenage 0 0 0
22 Tranmere 0 0 0
23 Wycombe 0 0 0
24 York City 0 0 0

Updated Wed, 09 Jul 2014

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