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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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Port Vale 2, Colchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Chris Neal.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Tom Pope.

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ben Williamson (Port Vale).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Billy Knott replaces Anthony Griffith.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Gavin Massey replaces Dominic Vose.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Ben Williamson replaces Jordan Hugill.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford29196451272463
2Wolves29187449202961
3Leyton Orient30186661313060
4Preston291510440281255
5Rotherham29149651381351
6Peterborough29153115041948
7Walsall30121083629746
8Swindon30135124941844
9Port Vale29133134345-242
10MK Dons29116124442239
11Gillingham31115154253-1138
12Coventry2913885751637
13Bradford3071494138335
14Colchester2781093536-134
15Oldham3097143442-834
16Carlisle3096153451-1733
17Bristol City31613124550-531
18Crawley2571082934-531
19Tranmere3087153352-1931
20Crewe3087153357-2431
21Notts County3193194050-1030
22Sheff Utd2878132838-1029
23Shrewsbury3069152841-1327
24Stevenage2774162745-1825
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