Ace Sul­lay pro­duces a mo­ment of magic

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stu­art Dunn

LOAN star Sul­lay Kaikai came up with an­other stun­ning strike to see in-form Shrews­bury eight points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone and dent Port Vale’s play-off push.

The ex­cit­ing Crystal Palace prospect has now scored ten goals in two spells on loan to the Shrop­shire club this sea­son.

His lat­est spe­cial strike, a 20-yard left-footed drive in the 73rd minute, ex­tended Shrews­bury’s un­beaten run in League One to nine games.

Vale grabbed the lead on the hour with a header from Louis Dodds, but Kaikai hit back in style to earn an­other use­ful point for Shrews, who ended the game with ten men af­ter skip­per Nat Knight-Per­ci­val was sent off in stop­page time.

Shrews­bury man­ager Micky Mel­lon, a big ad­mirer of the tal­ented Kaikai, said:“To pop up and get an­other goal like that to bring us back into the game is good.

“But I’ve got to say the lads that came on take a lot of credit as well. The subs came on and changed the tide a lit­tle bit and en­abled us to look a lit­tle bit more of a threat.

“For me, it’s about comb­ing over the per­for­mance and what we’ve got to do to con­tin­u­ally im­prove, but what we want to achieve at the end of it all is be in League One next sea­son, so it’s an­other point to­wards that.”

Vale were twice de­nied a first-half lead by ex­cel- lent saves from Shrews­bury goal­keeper Mark Hal­stead.

Ryan In­niss pow­ered an early header goal­wards, only for Hal­stead to make a fly­ing stop div­ing to his left.

Hal­stead also needed to be alert just be­fore the in­ter­val when Michael O’Con­nor took aim with a half vol­ley which the home keeper did well to tip over the bar.

Vale moved ahead on the hour when Dodds headed in off the un­der­side of the bar af­ter JJ Hooper nod­ded back a cross from Carl Dick­in­son.

Shaun Whal­ley had a golden chance to equalise soon af­ter­wards but his closerange ef­fort was blocked by de­fender Ben Purkiss.

Kaikai’s fine pass then sent sub­sti­tute JeanLouis Akpa Akpro clear with just the keeper to beat three min­utes from time, but Jak Al­nwick saved the French­man’s at­tempt to chip him.

A late flash­point saw Shrews­bury skip­per Knight-Per­ci­val dis­missed for shov­ing Vale de­fender Richard Duffy.

Boss Rob Page said: “Duffs got up and their lad re­acted in a man­ner he shouldn’t and he was rightly sent off.

“Or­di­nar­ily, we would take a point away from home.

“But we are a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed in that chang­ing room to think that we maybe could have come away with a win.”


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