De La Paz helps Oldham earn Port Vale stalemate

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Port Vale's five-year wait for a home win over Oldham continued after a goalless draw at Vale Park.

Port Vale’s five-year wait for a home win over Oldham continued after a goalless draw at Vale Park.

John Askey’s Vale maintained their unbeaten home start to the league season after shutting out Oldham, who remain winless on the road since August.

Visiting goalkeeper Zeus De La Paz made a string of fine saves to keep the game goalless.

Nathan Smith chested down Richie Bennett’s header with his subsequent strike being kept out by the Curacao keeper, who also made three superb stops just before the half time.

First he tipped David Amoo’s header wide, before keeping out Rhys Browne with his feet after a dazzling run.

Cristian Montano was also frustrated by De La Paz with a shot from the edge of the box.

After the restart, Desire Azankpo had a chance to put Oldham ahead after getting in behind the hosts’ defence but he could not hit the target.

On the hour mark, Vale midfielder Will Atkinson, who had only been on the pitch for seconds after replacing Jake Taylor, wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring when he scuffed his effort over.

Azankpo then squandered the best chance to wrap the game up when he inexplicably blasted over from six yards late on as the spoils were shared.

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