Sam Kelly strike earns Port Vale a point against Coventry City


A late goal from Sam Kelly salvaged a point for Port Vale in a 1-1 draw with Coventry City.

In the fifteenth minute Carl Dickinson found space out wide and clipped a high ball into the area finding Vale striker AJ Leitch-Smith, who fired straight into the hands of Coventry keeper Reice Charles-Cook.

The goalkeeper was forced in a double save shortly after when one of many long balls from Port Vale was flicked by Theo Robinson to Leitch-Smith.

The Sky Blues seemed to come to terms with Vale’s tactics and managed to grab a foothold in the 42nd minute when Jacob Murphy scored.

The second half followed a similar pattern and the Valiants forced Charles-Cook into a number of saves including one from a Carl Dickinson free kick.

But the Vale Park crowd had to wait until the 82nd minute to see the Valiants’ substitute Sam Kelly send a left-foot rocket flying past Charles-Cook – who could do little to stop it.

The home side looked the more likely to snatch three points but it was City who had the last chance of the game.

Man of the match Anthony Grant cleared a header off the Port Vale line and with that both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Vale are unbeaten in 11 home league games.


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