LINGERING Stanley relegation fears seemed a world away after a mild spring night went like clockwork from the moment Andrew Procter grabbed a third minute lead.
A comprehensive win, delivered by dazzling play from both flanks before the break and plenty of industry after it, saw the hosts build on the confidence gained from recent away stability by scoring twice in front of the boisterous Ultras.
Their ninth league win moved them to within a place and a point of their lacklustre opponents, although they are still not entirely comfy down in 19th.
With seven points from three unbeaten games, a hard-earned clean sheet, marvellous performances all over the park, and a visiting support seemingly cowed by their team’s meekness, the only blemish was the sight of Procter limping off straight after the restart.
The midfield lynchpin, who the Reds boss reckons is back to last season’s heights, was ribbed for his sliding Fernando Torres celebration at Macclesfield, but maybe should have had sore knees before the first 20 minutes as Vale were torn to shreds.
Chief tormentor John Miles had already sent in a first minute cross, which ‘El Nino’ nodded wide.
Then, after livewire Craig Lindfield seized on a mistake by harried Vale right back Anthony Griffiths to again release Miles, his accurate ball in was planted beyond the keeper by Procter’s well guided glance.
If anything the goal only emboldened the Reds and after Miles nutmegged the hapless Griffiths, Chris Turner’s swinging cross from the other flank was steered wide by Procter arriving late.
The rampant Reds were harrying their opponents into hopeful long balls, but also providing all the clarity of thought, the corner for the second goal won after Vale had been caught napping from a quickly taken Miles free kick.
Miles’ familiar set move corner was dummied by Phil Edwards and Jimmy Ryan rifled in from the edge of the box to move top of the scoring charts with nine.
As Vale wilted Paul Mullin looked set to rejoin him after Ryan’s delightful lob saw Mullin bearing down on goal, but he was deemed to have handled.
A reply before half-time could still have caused a few flutters and as the furious opening onslaught perhaps told, Kenny Arthur turned away Vale’s first genuine attempt from David Howland’s close range snap shot.
Whether chastened by boss Dean Glover’s team talk or the angry jeers of their own fans, Vale had to improve in the second half and, after Lindfield stung Joe Anyon’s palms, they did.
But the visitors were heavily reliant on a series of Howland floated set-pieces, which Arthur continued to come out and claim with disdain.
In two rare moments of menace, the Scottish stopper turned over spectacularly after Louis Dodds chested, swivelled and volleyed in one lithe movement before Edwards dealt with a measured chip from Luke Prosser.
In fact Stanley caused themselves as many alarms as their visitors with nervy back headers from Robbie Williams and Edwards, but Williams chasing back and Arthur rushing out from goal, retrieved.
With Ryan pulling the strings on the counter Lindfield volleyed wide athletically on the hour and then swerved a speculative 25-yarder at Anyon. After running himself into the ground the 20-year-old striker was replaced by Bobby Grant on 87 minutes, and after exchanging passes with Ryan he looked set to score with his second touch before stumbling into Anyon.
A delighted Coleman was keen to praise all of his players as well as the home support.
He said: "Our fans tonight were magnificent, they don’t half get behind us and they should be applauded. We were on the front foot from the first minute and that’s what we set out to do. We kept the momentum up and I think we got what we deserved.
"We seem to play better when we kick that way first half and once we got the goal we didn’t sit back. I thought Andrew Procter was absolutely magnificent until he came off. We had two wingers who wanted to take people on and got on the ball and when John Miles is on song we are generally on song.
"I thought we hit a bit of a flat spot in the second half and give Port Vale credit for that. The lad’s hit a great volley and Kenny made a great save but apart from that we defended really well. Kenny commanded his area very well and that always takes pressure off your back four but they concentrated, got themselves in the right areas and I thought it was an impressive performance from them."