Oldham Athletic ran out 1-4 winners at Vale Park as Pete Wild wins his first game as caretaker manager.
Goals from Callum Lang, Mohamed Maouche, Gevaro Nepomuceno and Chris O’Grady secured the three points despite Ben Whitfield making the scores level in the first half.
The hosts created the first chance of the game as a mistake from Peter Clarke allowed Whitfield to nip in and head towards goal, but Daniel Iversen managed to smother the chance.
It was a nervy start to the game from Latics, but Lang had a great opportunity to score after being played through by Tom Hamer.
Lang saw his shot saved from a tight angle, but he had Mohamed Maouche open in the middle who may be have been the better option.
Luke Hannant chipped an effort into Iversen’s hands before Whitfield forced the Dane into a superb diving save as the Valliant man looked to pick out the top corner.
Latics took the lead as Maouche nicked the ball off Nathan Smith, Chris O’Grady took over and played Lang through who calmly finished past Brown in goal.
Whilst a freekick was waiting to be taken, Tom Pope and George Edmundson seemed to get into a tangle with Pope seemingly kicking out at the Latics man.
The referee gave the two a talking to and from the resulting freekick the ball was headed down to Whitfield who bundled the ball into the net.
As the half came to an end, Christopher Missilou found O’Grady who curled an effort towards the top corner and Brown someone managed to claw the shot away.
Latics got themselves back ahead as a Hamer long throw made its way through to Maouche who provided a cheeky backheel which deflected into the net past Brown.
O’Grady and Maouche both had efforts saved by Brown as Latics were controlling the game.
Port Vale tried to push for an equaliser, but Nepomuceno sealed the points as substitute Johan Branger-Engone played the wide man in behind, before curling a beautiful shot past Brown.
Mitchell Clark hit the post for the hosts before Whitfield skied a decent chance over the bar to potentially set up a nervy finish.
It would be O’Grady who wrapped up the points after Branger-Engone knocked a ball in behind, the striker took his time before slotting it home.
Attendance 4435 (778 Away)
Brown, Montano, Legge, Kay (Quigley 66’), Oyeleke, Pope ©, Hannant, Smith, Vassell (Worrall 45’), Clark, Whitfield
Iversen, Hamer, Clarke ©, Edmundson, Hunt, Lang (Branger-Engone 76’), Lyden, Missilou, Nepomuceno, Maouche, O’Grady