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Valiant Vale rocked by Granville.

Port Vale 1 Man City 2

MANCHESTER City staged a superb second-half fightback to beat Division One strugglers Port Vale.

Two goals in a five-minute second half spell saw City overwhelm Vale who had given City a battle in the first half.

The home side dominated the first period and Nicky Weaver in the City goal saved superbly from Tony Rougier.

City hit back and Gareth Taylor was unlucky when his effort beat keeper Paul Musselwhite but flashed wide of the post.

Five minutes before the interval Vale took a deserved lead when a free-kick from Matthew Carragher beat the City defence. Foyle, at the far post, lashed a low drive into the corner of the net.

City boss Joe Royle made two changes bringing on substitutes Ian Bishop and Sean Wright-Phillips and the result was immediate as City started to take control.

Mark Kennedy was a constant threat, creating numerous chances and putting the Vale defence under increasing pressure.

But Vale were unlucky not to increase their lead in the 67th minute when Butler headed for goal from Eyre's corner but the effort was blocked on the line.

In the 72nd minute Vale midfielder Mark Snijders was unlucky to turn the ball into his own net from a cross from Danny Granville as Wright-Phillips moved in.

Five minutes later from Kennedy's corner, Granville headed home City's winner.
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Title Annotation:Football
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 31, 1999
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