Port Vale center-backs Nathan Smith and Connor Hall scoring the goals as Darrell Clarke’s newly-promoted side win at home to Scott Brown;s Fleetwood.
The visitors took a sixth-minute lead through Dan Batty’s goal but Vale hit twice in two minutes to condemn former Celtic skipper Brown to a losing start in management.
Fleetwood’s early breakthrough came after good work by Promise Omochere, who sent the ball across goal. Though Batty’s finish was scuffed into the turf, it had just enough power to find the back of the net.
Jamie Proctor went close to an equaliser, blazing an acrobatic volley narrowly wide, before Vale took control with two quickfire goals.
Hall showed quick feet to retrieve a half-cleared corner before finding Smith who turned in the Valiants’ leveller on the half hour.
Vale led two minutes later when Funso Ojo’s low ball from a short corner came to Hall and he finished neatly into the bottom corner.
With few goalmouth incidents after the break, Fleetwood defender Toto Nsiala came close to an own goal, his wayward back-pass evading goalkeeper Jay Lynch but rolling just past the foot of the post.
And, despite Fleetwood’s Ged Garner forcing a sharp reaction save from Aiden Stone, Vale saw out a comfortable opening-day victory.
Match report supplied by PA Media
- 2CassSubstituted forForresterat 80′minutes
- 6SmithBooked at 70mins
- 20CharsleySubstituted forConlonat 90+6′minutes
- 14OjoBooked at 45mins
- 11BenningSubstituted forHusseyat 90+6′minutes
- 28McDermottBooked at 43minsSubstituted forHoldenat 67′minutes
- 18HolgateSubstituted forEarlat 85′minutes
- 4Sarpong-WireduBooked at 52minsSubstituted forGarnerat 63′minutes
- 11LaneSubstituted forHayesat 85′minutes
- 20OmochereSubstituted forGarnerat 73′minutes
- 7MorrisSubstituted forHarrisonat 63′minutes
- Peter Wright
Match ends, Port Vale 2, Fleetwood Town 1.
Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Fleetwood Town 1.
Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Fleetwood Town).
Jamie Proctor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by William Forrester.
Carl Johnston (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Chris Hussey (Port Vale).
Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Hussey replaces Malvind Benning.
Substitution, Port Vale. Tom Conlon replaces Harry Charsley.
Attempt missed. Daniel Batty (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ellis Harrison with a headed pass.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Daniel Batty.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Joshua Earl.
Attempt blocked. Ben Garrity (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Rory Holden (Port Vale) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Proctor.
Attempt blocked. Rory Holden (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Daniel Batty (Fleetwood Town).
Rory Holden (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Joshua Earl replaces Harrison Holgate.
Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Cian Hayes replaces Paddy Lane.
Foul by Josh Vela (Fleetwood Town).