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Last Updated: Monday, 11 August, 2003, 10:57 GMT 11:57 UK
Port Vale 0-0 Nottm Forest
Nottingham Forest's Michael Stewart (left) challenges Port Vale's Ryan Brown
Stewart (left) was sent-off for Forest

(aet - Nottm Forest win 3-2 on penalties)

Goalkeeper Darren Ward was the hero for Nottingham Forest as they booked their place in the second round of the Carling Cup after beating Port Vale on penalties.

Ward saved Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's spot kick in normal time, after Michael Stewart was penalised for pushing, and two more in the shoot-out.

Stewart's miserable night was complete when he was sent off 12 minutes after the break for two fouls in the space of three minutes.

Forest's 10 men had to dig deep to survive with Vale's Steve McPhee inches away from an 84th-minute winner.

Vale also posed the most serious threat in extra-time as Bridge-Wilkinson almost atoned for his penalty miss with two decent efforts.

But Bridge-Wilkinson dragged his penalty wide in the shoot-out and Ward made fine saves from McPhee and Sam Collins to see Forest through.


Port Vale: Delaney, Pilkington, Collins, Walsh, Brown, Cummins, Bridge-Wilkinson, Lipa, Littlejohn, Brooker, McPhee.


Subs: Rowland, Armstrong, Paynter, Boyd, Molloy.

Nottm Forest: Ward, Biggins, Morgan, Thompson, Oyen, Stewart, Williams, Sonner, Reid, Johnson, Harewood.


Subs: Cash, Roche, Doig, Bopp, Westcarr.

Referee: Mark Cooper (W Midlands).





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