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Port Vale 2-0 Colchester United

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.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 5Dickinson
  • 18Lines
  • 20GrimmerBooked at 90mins
  • 17Davis
  • 7Loft
  • 21GriffithSubstituted forKnottat 87'minutes
  • 39HugillSubstituted forWilliamsonat 76'minutes
  • 11PopeBooked at 90minsSubstituted forDoddsat 90+2'minutes
  • 3Jones

Substitutes

  • 8Dodds
  • 9Myrie-Williams
  • 10Tomlin
  • 12Johnson
  • 19Williamson
  • 26Birchall
  • 28Knott

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B Wilson
  • 3Dickson
  • 2WrightSubstituted forSearsat 64'minutes
  • 18Eastman
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 25VoseSubstituted forMasseyat 77'minutes
  • 15Bean
  • 9MorrisonBooked at 44minsSubstituted forIbehreat 64'minutes
  • 7Watt
  • 6Eastmond

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 11Sears
  • 17Ibehre
  • 21Massey
  • 22Gilbey
  • 23Olufemi
  • 39Sesay
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
3,734

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 2, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 2, Colchester United 0.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Chris Neal.
Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Tom Pope.

Booking

Jack Grimmer (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Ben Williamson (Port Vale).
Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Billy Knott replaces Anthony Griffith.
Attempt saved. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Dominic Vose.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Williamson replaces Jordan Hugill.
Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Doug Loft (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).
Attempt missed. Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.
Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Port Vale) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high.
Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Jabo Ibehre replaces Clinton Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Freddie Sears replaces David Wright.
Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).
Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Clinton Morrison (Colchester United).
Attempt saved. Brian Wilson (Colchester United) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Adam Yates.
Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

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.
Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).
David Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Doug Loft (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Adam Yates.

Second Half

Second Half begins Port Vale 1, Colchester United 0.

Half Time

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

Booking

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.
Attempt missed. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).
Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Doug Loft.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tom Eastman.
Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Anthony Griffith.
Attempt missed. David Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Foul by Doug Loft (Port Vale).
Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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.
Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.
Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2919642463
2Wolves2918742961
3Leyton Orient3018663060
4Preston29151041255
5Rotherham2914961351
6Peterborough2915311948
7Walsall3012108746
8Swindon3013512844
9Port Vale2913313-242
10MK Dons2911612239
11Gillingham3111515-1138
12Coventry291388637
13Bradford307149335
14Colchester278109-134
15Oldham309714-834
16Carlisle309615-1733
17Bristol City3161312-531
18Crawley257108-531
19Tranmere308715-1931
20Crewe308715-2431
21Notts County319319-1030
22Sheff Utd287813-1029
23Shrewsbury306915-1327
24Stevenage277416-1825
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