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Akinfenwa joy for Taylor

Peter Taylor was disappointed Gillingham nearly threw away a three-goal lead before holding on for a 3-2 win against Port Vale.

Adebayo Akinfenwa headed home Bradley Dack's 41st-minute corner for the opener and linked up with the midfielder again to double his and Gillingham's tally just after the hour-mark.

After Cody McDonald had added a third Port Vale fought back with goals from defender Chris Robertson and substitute Jordan Hugill, but the visitors could not find an equaliser.

Taylor was relieved his side's late collapse did not cost them the three points.

"For 70 minutes we were outstanding," he said. "I think we asked a lot of questions of Port Vale and we scored three excellent goals.

"However in the last 20 minutes, we went from doing well to being incredibly nervous and panicked.

"I told the players after the game that we've got to do better than that, we've got to be stronger than that.

"I'm delighted with Bayo (Akinfenwa) because he scored two great goals and his back-to-goal play was excellent.

"Bradley Dack showed outstanding ability for the third goal, in particular, which Cody finished off well.

"If you beat a Micky Adams side you know you've done well because they're tough sides to beat, they've got a lot going for them.

"I'm over the moon the way the players got a result, but we can also learn a lot from the game."