Port Vale 0 Crewe Alexandra 1

CHRIS Dagnall scored the winner as Crewe Alex remained unbeaten in League Two in a feisty local derby.

In what was The Alex’s first away game of the campaign, skipper Dagnall opened the scoring on the half-hour mark as he beat the offside trap to head home from George Cooper’s left-wing cross.

Vale had midfielder Michael Tonge sent off four minutes later for a reckless challenge, but they came close to an equaliser when Tom Pope’s header hit the bar.

Crewe stood firm and now sit fourth in the League Two table.