Port Vale 2-0 Rotherham United

Port Vale v Rotherham United: Richard Duffy earns a booking for a foul on Haris Vuckic
Port Vale v Rotherham United: Richard Duffy earns a booking for a foul on Haris Vuckic
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Rotherham United were unable to settle an old score at Vale Park today.

Vale won the same fixture 6-2, in League Two, last season.

But a sending off put the skids under Steve Evans’ hopes of a road victory.

Rotherham, sixth in the table, had on-loan forward Haris Vuckic in the starting 11, despite earlier fitness issues.

Rob Milson and Mark Bradley both served one-match bans after they picked up their fifth bookings of the season in the Boxing Day win over Bradford.

There was a late change to Rotherham team as Lee Frecklington pulled out just before kick off with illness.

And there was more bad news to come.

Tom Pope’s flick-on was picked up by Louis Dodds who fired left footed into the net from 18 yards.

Millers got a chance to get level with a penalty.

James Tavernier was brought down but Kieron Agard’s spot-kick was stopped up by Johnson, to his right.

Pope had a goal ruled out for offside when the second half got underway, the home side attacking the Bycars End.

Then the task got a whole lot tougher for the Millers.

Claude Davis was sent off for kicking Pope after a free kick had been awarded.

On 67 minutes Rotherham got in deeper trouble, Gavin Tomlin firing home a low shot.

From that moment on, the game was a formality for Vale.

PORT VALE: Johnson, Yates, Duffy, Chilvers, Dickinson; Loft Lines Griffth Dodds; Tomlin Pope.

Subs: Boot, Shuker, Williamson, Lloyd, Birchall, Hughes Hugill.

ROTHERHAM UNITED: Collin, Tavernier Morgan Davis Skarz; Agard Arnason O’Connor Pringle; Vuckic Revell.

Subs: Shearer Brindley Davis Mills Worrall, Tidser, Tubbs.

Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire.)

Attendance: 6,738 including 1,205 Millers fans.