Two goals from Doug Loft saw Port Vale revive their fading play-off hopes at the expense of a Colchester side playing their first game for 24 days.

Loft scored his sixth goal of the season when he swept in a low left-foot shot after 13 minutes.

His second came against the run of play early in the second half, a right-foot effort from 16 yards.

Vale were forced to soak up heavy pressure late on, with U's substitute Freddie Sears going close three times.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Yates
  • 05 Dickinson
  • 18 Lines
  • 20 Grimmer Booked
  • 17 Davis
  • 07 Loft
  • 21 Griffith (Knott - 87' )
  • 39 Hugill (Williamson - 76' )
  • 11 Pope Booked (Dodds - 92' )
  • 03 Jones

Substitutes

  • 08 Dodds
  • 09 Myrie-Williams
  • 10 Tomlin
  • 12 Johnson
  • 19 Williamson
  • 26 Birchall
  • 28 Knott

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson
  • 03 Dickson
  • 02 Wright (Sears - 64' )
  • 18 Eastman
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 25 Vose (Massey - 77' )
  • 15 Bean
  • 09 Morrison Booked (Ibehre - 64' )
  • 07 Watt
  • 06 Eastmond

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 11 Sears
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 21 Massey
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 39 Sesay
Ref: Andy Haines
Att: 3,734

Match Stats

Shots

10 11

On target

4 4

Corners

4 8

Fouls

6 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Port Vale 2, Colchester United 0.

90:00 +4:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Colchester United 0.

90:00 +3:17

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Chris Neal.

90:00 +2:57

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Tom Pope.

89:34 Booking

Booking Jack Grimmer (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

88:05

Foul by Ben Williamson (Port Vale).

88:05

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Billy Knott replaces Anthony Griffith.

86:09

Attempt saved. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

85:22

Attempt saved. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

84:09

Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

77:46

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

76:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Dominic Vose.

75:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Williamson replaces Jordan Hugill.

75:21

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

74:57

Doug Loft (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:57

Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

74:13

Attempt missed. Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

74:03

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

70:08

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Port Vale) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high.

64:49

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

64:27

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

63:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Jabo Ibehre replaces Clinton Morrison.

63:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Freddie Sears replaces David Wright.

62:51

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

62:51

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:01

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:01

Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).

59:26

Attempt saved. Brian Wilson (Colchester United) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

56:41

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

55:20

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Adam Yates.

54:12

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:42

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

52:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 2, Colchester United 0. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

50:54

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

50:54

David Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:20

Doug Loft (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:20

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

46:05

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Adam Yates.

45:00

Second Half begins Port Vale 1, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Port Vale 1, Colchester United 0.

43:47 Booking

Booking Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

42:25

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

37:27

Attempt missed. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

34:44

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

34:44

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:54

Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

32:23

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

30:40

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Doug Loft.

29:48

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

27:26

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

25:42

Attempt missed. Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

24:14

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Anthony Griffith.

22:14

Attempt missed. David Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

21:45

Foul by Doug Loft (Port Vale).

21:45

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 1, Colchester United 0. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Jones with a cross.

11:47

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

10:02

Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

9:19

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:19

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

4:36

Hand ball by Doug Loft (Port Vale).

4:23

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:23

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

3:20

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

2:08

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:08

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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