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30th November 2002 21:01

Audio interview with Brian Horton from Radio Stoke (RealPlayer needed)

After the game Vale boss Brian Horton said: "Credit to us considering we went 1-0 down after 30 seconds.

"I thought we stuck with it and the fans stayed with us.

"It was a good game all round and we're pleased with the three points."
Brian Horton reaction to Vale's Win
“I thought we played some good stuff at times today. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb when we gave away a goal in the first few seconds, but I thought there was some tremendous football out there. The front three did some magnificent things.
“The crowd began to get frustrated just like we were, but credit to the players, they stuck at it and played some lovely football and I thought our three forwards were a real handful for them.
“It was a shame that after the fourth goal we went to sleep again. Ian Brightwell should have gone down when he was injured.
“He should have gone down when we went 4-1 up and been a bit more professional and delayed the kick off a little bit, but it was my fault because I wanted two minutes to get somebody warmed up, when I should have told him to go down.
“There were six goal, plenty of shots, plenty of spills, I thought they played some good football too at times. Wayne Cordon's goal took a slight deflection off Liam Burns I'm told, but their second goal was a magnificent goal.
“There was some good attacking play from both sides, it was a very open game. All credit to Mansfield, who are bottom of the league, to come and play like that.
“I had a pop at Michael Cummins in the week and he has responded with two goals. He is miles better than what he has been doing, but today he was back to his best.
“I am grateful for the three points and pleased for the supporters. But credit must go to the players. I thought John Durnin was magnificent today.
“Steve McPhee needs a goal. He worked hard for the cause and all of the front three have done well for me today. But credit to all the players today, I thought they stuck at it”.
Report from http://www.port-vale.premiumtv.co.uk

Team Line-Up
Vale: Mark Goodlad, Sam Collins, Michael Cummins, Steve McPhee, Mark Boyd, Ian Armstrong, Billy Paynter, Phil Charnock, John Durnin, Liam Burns, Ian Brightwell. Subs: Dean Delaney, Sean McClare, Steve Brooker, Paul Byrne, Chris Birchall.

Attendance 3,880 (including 512 visitors)

Wayne Cordon made a dream return to Vale Park when he fired the visitors ahead after just 25 seconds. He burst into the box and fired hard and low inside Goodlad's left hand post.

Shocked, Vale started to push up in search of an equaliser, but were finding the Stags, lifted by the goal, in a confident and determined mood.

Billy Paynter made headway on the right and the ball was half cleared to Steve McPhee whose shot flew over the bar and into the Hamil Road stand.

A lively looking Ian Armstrong managed to force his way into the box but was crowded out and Vale were forced to settle for a throw in.

McPhee again found space on the right and moved the ball inside. The ball moved around like a hot potato, before Mark Boyd finally hit a shot which Kevin Pilkinton gathered comfortably.

Vale were certainly not having it all their own way however and often looked shaky at the back. Cordon could have bagged a second goal with a shot from the edge of the box, but Mark Goodlad got down well to save.

Though Vale were not really testing Pilkinton, it looked as though there could be a few goals to come in a game where both defences were often exposed.

A determined effort from Durnin was deflected for a 29th Minute corner, leading to a well-earned Vale equaliser.

Phil Charnock sent in an inswinging flag-kick from the right and Michael Cummins rose highest to glance a header low inside the 'keeper's right-hand post.

Just four minutes later Vale were ahead, when a low cross from the byline from Billy Paynter eluded everyone and Cummins was on hand at the far post to slam the ball into an empty net.

Vale almost had a third goal on 40 minutes when Cummins sent Paynter through with a slide-rule pass.

The youngster held off his marker and fired hard and low, but was denied by a fine save from Pilkinton, who pushed the ball around the post for a corner.

Half Time: Port Vale 2 Mansfield 1

Vale were soon on the attack in the second half and it took a timely interception from substitute Bobby Hassell to prevent Paynter from meeting a cross from McPhee.

But Vale added a third goal after Cummins forced his way into the visitors' box and his low cross was met at the far post by Armstrong, who planted a stooping header into the net.

Vale were now starting to beleive in themselves again and kept the pressure on the visiting defence, who were somehow managing the keep them out with some desperate defending.

Durin managed to force his way into the Mansfield box, but the ball was stabbed away and Armstrong was desperately unlucky not to connect with an attempted scissor-kick.

Then McPhee close to getting his reward for a surging run from the halfway line, but Pilkington managed to block his shot on the line.

Vale were not to be denied however and Paynter finished off a neat move between Boyd and Cummins when he latched on to a pass from Cummins and slid the ball into the net from 15 yards.

A minute later, Mansfield pulled a goal back when Isyden Christie fired a glorious 20 yard shot into the roof of the net.

It was end-to-end action as the visitors pressed forward in search of a third goal, whilst at the same time leaving themselves somewhat exposed at the back.

Paynter forced an 80th minute corner which was taken short to Armstrong and although McPhee, under pressure from Pilkinton, got his head to the cross, he couldn't quite manage to hit the target.

Goodlad was tested at the other end when he had to get down pretty smartly to keep out a long-range effort from Liam Lawrence.

Then within thirty seconds Pilkinton was called upon to make a full-length save at the other end to deny Durnin.

But Vale were not to be denied a deserved three points which will hopefully be the start of a run to take them into the play-offs.

Man of the Match: Michael Cummins


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