Stanley cruise past Vale: Match Review

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Two goals in the last four minutes gave Accrington a 3-0 win over the 10 men of Port Vale.

Stanley took the lead in the 43rd minute when midfielder Sean McConville received a cheeky back-heel from Ian Craney in the area and fired home his ninth goal of the season.

Craney added a late second four minutes from time after Vale had been reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Sean Rigg.

Captain Andy Procter added the third on 90 minutes to make it five successive wins at home for Stanley which has propelled them to the fringe of the play-offs.

For Vale boss Jim Gannon, who has won just four of his 15 games in charge of the Valiants, it led to chants of 'Gannon out' by the numerous Vale fans who have seen their side's promotion hopes falter.

The Reds had the major chances in the first half with Procter unable to connect with a cross with Stuart Tomlinson stranded and Craney forcing a save out of the goalkeeper.

Although Port Vale passed the ball about well they didn't trouble Stanley stopper Alex Cisak, their best first half chance a Kris Taylor free-kick which was just over the crossbar.

Craney almost doubled his tally after the re-start but his close-range effort was parried away by Tomlinson while Vale`s top scorer Marc Richards then came close to equalising but headed just wide.

McConville could have had a second in a nervy last 15 minutes but Vale's plight was made worse when Rigg was sent off for violent conduct, an elbow on Stanley defender Phil Edwards 10 minutes from time.

Craney then added the second when a ball bobbled around the area and fell to the midfielder unmarked on the left and he stroked it beyond Tomlinson.

The third came when a Sean Hessey free-kick could only be pushed away by Tomlinson and Procter pounced to tuck home the rebound.

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Kris Taylor
Sean McConville
Phil Edwards
Stuart Tomlinson
Marc Richards
Sean Hessey
Port Vale
Sean Rigg
League Two
Ian Craney
Accrington Stanley

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