Shortlived lead for Burton and late injury for Tomlinson is a concern as Vale battle for point
LOAN signing Jordan Chapell made an instant impact, scoring with his first touch, but Burton Albion had to settle for a point in a storming Staffordshire derby with Port Vale.
The Sheffield United youngster floated the ball in from the right to deceive Vale keeper Chris Neal and give Albion a 73rd-minute lead.
But second-placed Vale were level only two minutes later from a counter-attack, Jennison Myrie-Williams flying down the wing to supply a cross for substitute Ben Williamson to nick the ball past former Vale keeper Stuart Tomlinson.
Only three minutes after that, there was concern for the Brewers when Tomlinson had to go off injured, giving a League Two debut to Dean Lyness, but he did not have a save to make until stoppage time.
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Vale had been the first to threaten early in the game but Louis Dodds' shot was smothered by Tomlinson.
Albion got into their stride and pegged their high-flying visitors back, Calvin Zola rising highest to head Lee Bell's corner straight into the arms of Chris Neal.
Zola soon guided Bell's free kick into the path of Matt Paterson, who was unlucky to see Tom Pope deflect his shot over the bar.
Paterson was close again after 17 minutes with a shot that fizzed over the bar after Zola had ridden two challenges to play him in.
Cleveland Taylor almost crept in behind namesake Rob Taylor on to a cross from Jacques Maghoma and, from the corner, it was Zander Diamond's turn to test Neal with a header.
Albion had one further chance in what remained of the first half but once again Zola got his head to a Bell free kick but was unable to guide it wide enough of Neal.
Vale had to make a defensive change for the second half with former Albion defender Adam Yates replacing the injured Richard Duffy.
If anything, the pace became faster than ever, with Albion quickly out of the blocks to try and seize the initiative.
Zola thrashed a low shot wide and Damien McCrory stormed forward from left- back to see a shot deflected behind.
Bell also fancied his chances of getting on the scoresheet and Neal needed two goes to deal with his curling effort in the 54th minute.
Billy Kee was given his chance to impress just after the hour, coming on for Paterson.
Chapell was thrown into the fray with 20 minutes to go and made a stunning impact. Kee and Zola launched a quick attack down the right and when the Sheffield United youngster was presented with his first touch he floated a cross over Neal and into the far corner of the net.
Vale silenced the Brewers fans immediately with Williamson's equaliser and the mood was subdued when Tomlinson had to go off.
Lyness, on the bench because Ross Atkins had picked up a side injury in training, got through to 90 minutes without having a save to make and as eight minutes of added time were indicated, there was still time for Vale to exert late pressure.
After Albion flooded forward, Vale broke with pace, only for winger Ashley Vincent to fire straight into the midriff of the keeper.
The winger also blazed a shot over the bar after cutting in from the left as time ran out, preventing Vale from notching a sixth straight away win.