Alex Jones penalty rescues a precious point for Port Vale against Charlton Athletic


Port Vale managed to earn rescue a point against Charlton Athletic thanks to a penalty from their leading goal scorer Alex Jones.

Jones, who netted his eighth goal of the season, cancelled out Fredrik Ulvestad’s first half goal for Charlton.

The hosts could have opened up the scoring early on through Jones, but the Birmingham City loanee struck his shot straight at Declan Rudd.

The Addicks winger Ricky Holmes dominated the first half creating several chances, the most notable being his cross to striker Josh Magennis who headed the ball against the bar.

Charlton broke the deadlock on the half hour mark thanks to their danger man, Holmes. The midfield maestro played the ball across the box to Fredrik Ulvestad, currently on loan from Burnley, who slotted the ball home giving the visitors the lead.

Russell Slade’s side could have doubled their lead in the 70th minute as Ulvestad connected with another Holmes cross, but this time his shot was straight at Jak Alnwick.

The Valiants started to fight their way back into the game with just a quarter of an hour left. Substitute Regino Cicilia got onto the end of a Sam Hart cross but his header looped over the bar, only slightly worrying Rudd.

Vale target man, Cicilia, had a couple of gilt-edged chances to even up the game in the 78th minute. Two perfectly swung crosses should have met the head of the six foot five striker but he mistimed his jumps on both occasions.

The comeback was achieved in the 86th minute as Jones was brought down inside the Charlton box, gifting the home side a penalty. He stepped up himself and struck the ball down the middle, getting a touch from Rudd on the way, but the game was then on even terms at 1-1.



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