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Colchester United 2-1 Port Vale

Colchester United ended a run of three consecutive League One defeats as they sealed all three points against Port Vale.

The hosts broke the deadlock when George Elokobi fired in a powerful shot after Vale failed to clear a corner.

Vale restored parity before the break when Colin Daniel nodded home Ryan Lloyd's cross from close range.

But Marvin Sordell won it 17 minutes from time, reacting quickest after George Moncur's effort was parried.

Vale, who drop below Colchester to 15th, were not helped by two injuries inside the first half hour to both their wide players, Enoch Andoh and Chris Birchall.

Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"The injuries haven't helped us. That's two forced changes we have had to make in the first half an hour.

"Everybody has seen what Enoch is all about. He is a big loss for us. I put young Ryan Lloyd in who did ok, but is still learning at this level. I threw him in the deep end.

"Then, with Chris Birchall coming off, I had to put on Louis Dodds, who is not an out-and-out wide man. He is a front man.

"But we had to get on with it. We got ourselves back into the game just before half time and we conceded again, a silly goal."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 12Jones
  • 14Olufemi
  • 18EastmanBooked at 74mins
  • 6Elokobi
  • 3Briggs
  • 8Gilbey
  • 2GarvanBooked at 10minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 50'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 28AmbroseSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 83'minutes
  • 10Moncur
  • 31HarriottBooked at 66mins
  • 45Sordell

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 17Szmodics
  • 19Bonne
  • 20Lapslie
  • 21Sembie-Ferris
  • 33Parish
  • 40James

Port Vale

  • 21Alnwick
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4Streete
  • 5McGivern
  • 3Dickinson
  • 7BirchallSubstituted forDoddsat 32'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 11Foley
  • 27AndohSubstituted forLloydat 14'minutes
  • 9Ikpeazu
  • 14DanielBooked at 15minsSubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8O'Connor
  • 10Dodds
  • 12Johnson
  • 16Yates
  • 18Kelly
  • 20Leitch-Smith
  • 22Lloyd
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
2,785

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Port Vale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Port Vale 1.

Callum Harriott (Colchester United) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Matthew Briggs (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Remie Streete.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ryan Lloyd.

Booking

Joe Edwards (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Colchester United).

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jak Alnwick.

Attempt saved. Callum Harriott (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dion Sembie-Ferris replaces Darren Ambrose.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. A-Jay Leitch-Smith replaces Colin Daniel.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Colchester United).

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Callum Harriott.

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Marvin Sordell (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Port Vale 1. Marvin Sordell (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by George Moncur (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Colin Daniel (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Louis Dodds (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Briggs (Colchester United).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tosin Olufemi.

Booking

Callum Harriott (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Ryan Lloyd (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United).

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale).

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

Callum Harriott (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gillingham1493228141430
2Walsall148422181328
3Burton148241313026
4Coventry1373320101024
5Sheff Utd147342519624
6Bury146622419524
7Wigan146532417723
8Southend146351415-121
9Chesterfield146262120120
10Rochdale145451816219
11Bradford135441517-219
12Colchester145452128-719
13Peterborough145362624218
14Millwall135352022-218
15Port Vale144551616017
16Scunthorpe145271618-217
17Oldham142931722-515
18Shrewsbury144281721-414
19Barnsley134271620-414
20Doncaster133551116-514
21Blackpool133461018-813
22Fleetwood143381823-512
23Swindon143381824-612
24Crewe142481322-910
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