Port Vale were beaten 4-3 by Tranmere Rovers in a dramatic finish at Vale Park.
Goals from Kaiyne Woolery, on 93 minutes, and Kieran Morris, on 96, earned the visitors the win just as ten-man Vale were hanging on for the three points that would have taken them to fourth in the table.
Tom Conlon’s 16th-minute penalty and David Amoo’s 24th-minute strike from a well-worked corner had put Vale in command but the game changed when Luke Joyce was sent off for a late challenge seven minutes into the second half.
James Vaughan netted on 58 and 72 minutes to level but substitute Devante Rodney restored Vale’s lead three minutes later. That looked as though it might be enough until the late drama in the six minutes of added time.
PORT VALE 3 (Conlon 16, Amoo 24, Rodney, 75)
TRANMERE 4 (Vaughan, 58, 72 pen, Woolery, 93, Morris, 96)
PORT VALE 32%
PORT VALE 8 (4 on target)
TRANMERE 14 (6 on target)
PORT VALE 2
PORT VALE 19
Carl Brook 6
Yellow: Brown (dissent, 53), Legge (dissent, 59)
Tranmere: Davies (dissent in the tunnel at half time)
Vale: Joyce (late challenge, 52)
BROWN: Made two smart second half saves as Tranmere got on top. Can’t be faulted for the goals 6.5
CLARK: A real learning experience for the young right back who stuck to his task well 6
LEGGE: Gave away the penalty for 2-2 although Vale are adamant he was hard done to 6
SMITH: Another tireless effort from the centre half but Rovers pressure eventually told 6
CROOKES: A with Clark, this was another tough learning experience for the young full back 6
JOYCE: Late challenge left him in danger of the red card that duly arrived. That was a turning point in the game 5
BURGESS: Impressive in the first half but understandably less influential after the break as Vale were outnumbered 6
CONLON: Won and scored the penalty for the opener, played a part in the second and battled well throughout 7
AMOO: Super strike to finish an excellent corner routine for Vale’s second goal 7
POPE: Had a decent game but sacrificed to get fresh legs up front once they went down to ten men 6.5
WORRALL: Always lively, excellent free kick for Rodney to score Vale’s third 7
RODNEY (Pope, 62): Super header to put Vale back in front. Came on as the lone striker in a 4-4-1 then shifted to the right wing when Oyeleke came on. 7
OYELEKE (Amoo, 83): Played up front and did a decent job as well as helping out defensively. 6
Not used: Montano, Cullen, Brisley, McKirdy, Visser.
Davies, Nelson (Smith, 85), Monthe, Clarke, MacDonald, Spearing, Morris, Khan, Lloyd (Ferrier, 72), Blackett-Taylor (Woolery, 79), Vaughan.
Subs: Young, Ray, Banks, Jones.