Port Vale were thumped 4-0 at Mansfield Town after an awful performance this afternoon.
John Askey’s side never recovered from going a goal down inside 50 seconds, to Ollie Clarke. They were 2-0 down at the break, then had Leon Legge sent off, on 47 minutes, for a second booking.
Jordan Bowery netted twice to complete his hat-trick, and complete Vale’s misery.
Here are the match stats and player ratings
MANSFIELD 4 (Clarke 1, Bowery, 32, 77, 80)
PORT VALE 0
PORT VALE 40%
MANSFIELD 19 (5 on target)
PORT VALE 4 (4 on target)
PORT VALE 5
PORT VALE 17
REFEREE: Ben Toner 7
Port Vale: Brown, Legge, Brisley, Montano.
Red: Legge (two yellow cards)
BROWN: Beaten at his near post for the first goal, although he had made a good save initially. Lucky to get away with a poor free kick that gifted possession to Bowery 4.5
SMITH: Started at right back then moved to centre half after Legge’s dismissal. Not convincing and gave away a penalty 4
BRISLEY: Well below the standard of his performance on his recall at Bradford 5
LEGGE: Can’t have any arguments for either yellow card. Both mistimed challenges 3.5
FITZPATRICK: Taken off at half time so Vale could attack through Montano. Mansfield did enjoy plenty of space down his flank before the break 4.5
JOYCE: Made a crucial sliding interception before the break but Vale were outplayed in midfield even with 11 men 5
BURGESS: Didn’t threaten much and gave away the penalty that Sinclair missed 4
WHITEHEAD: Part of a poor midfield before he was withdrawn at the break 4
AMOO: The winger lost his man for the first goal and didn’t offer much going forward. Taken off so Vale could have a defender on after Legge was sent off 4
RODNEY: Didn’t threaten much in the first half, and that was always going to be difficult with ten men after the break 4.5
HURST: Produced perhaps Vale’s best moment of the game when he beat two defenders on his way to setting up a chance. Taken off at half time but his performances have been some consolation in a poor run of results 5.5
MONTANO (Fitzpatrick, 45): Gave Vale some attacking threat down the left and almost set Pope up for a goal 6
WORRALL (Whitehead, 45) Great to see the wide midfielder back after injury. Ended up in a midfield three after Legge’s dismissal. 5.5
POPE (Hurst, 45): Went close with a rare chance. Helped Vale improve after the break although realistically the game was gone after Legge’s dismissal. 6
MILLS: (Amoo, 49) Did okay on the right of a defence that was often stretched 5.5
Mansfield: Stech, Perch, Rawson, Sweeney, Benning (McLaughlin, 81), Charsley (O’Driscoll, 83), Lapslie, O Clarke (O’Keefe, 84), Maris, Reid (Cook, 81), Bowery (Sinclair, 83).
Subs: Menayese, Stone.