Port Vale produced a scintillating performance as they produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in League Two. Kian Harratt opened the scoring in the 20th minute before James Wilson doubled their advantage in the 24th minute. Oli Hawkins was sent off in the 35th minute before Mal Benning sealed the win in the 85th minute against his old club. It is their first return to the third tier of English football for five years.
Port Vale boss Darrell Clarke: “It means everything to me. But I want to dedicate this to my daughter Ellie, who I lost. I dedicate that win to her. She was there helping us out today. I’m so proud of her, and I’m so proud of my family. For me, this is amazing, absolutely amazing. We stuck together with our belief, togetherness, spirit, and desire. I love those lads and my staff. I just thought it was a fitting end. A special mention to my wife and children, my family has been absolute rocks. There’s nothing wrong with emotion. It’s why we love the game. But you’ve got to control it on the pitch and I thought we were excellent in all departments. To come and win, I’m over the moon.”
Mansfield boss Nigel Clough: “It is difficult at this moment in time, but the best team won. Congratulations to Darrell and Port Vale. We missed a good chance early on and then conceded two. It was fine margins, a deflected cross, and one off the bar. Then we missed another good chance and when we go down to 10 men it’s game over. We are proud of the players and we’ve had a very successful season, but we just couldn’t finish it off and get the job done today.”
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