League One
Port ValePort Vale2ColchesterColchester United0
Theo Robinson
Theo Robinson's first Port Vale goal helped the Valiants on their way to a 2-0 win.

Play-off hopefuls Port Vale stretched their unbeaten home League One record to 14 games by beating Colchester.

Theo Robinson put Vale ahead on nine minutes with his first goal for the club, firing home from 12 yards.

Bottom club Colchester struggled to test the home side, Vale keeper Chris Neal comfortably holding substitute Nathan Oduwa's shot in the second half.

Vale made the points safe when substitute Byron Moore crossed for Sam Foley to head in off the crossbar.

Much-travelled former Derby striker Robinson, signed on a free transfer from Motherwell at the end of January. was only playing because of 11-goal top scorer A J Leitch-Smith failing a morning fitness test on a hamstring injury.

Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Sometimes it isn't going to be pretty or go to plan. Sometimes you have to go off the cuff a little bit.

"I am really pleased for Theo Robinson because it has been a frustrating time for him since he has come in.

"Every striker wants to score goals for confidence for themselves. And he has worked his socks off. It has been a big ask of him because he is not an out and out target man."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Purkiss
  • 26InnissBooked at 37mins
  • 6Duffy
  • 3Dickinson
  • 9KennedySubstituted forMooreat 57'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 8O'Connor
  • 11Foley
  • 10Dodds
  • 25RobinsonSubstituted forHooperat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McGivern
  • 7Birchall
  • 15Hooper
  • 17Brown
  • 18Kelly
  • 19Moore
  • 23Boot

Colchester

  • 33Parish
  • 2Garvan
  • 18Eastman
  • 26Harney
  • 31Shorey
  • 8Gilbey
  • 4Edwards
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forLeeat 54'minutes
  • 28Ambrose
  • 11MasseySubstituted forOduwaat 54'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forBonneat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wright
  • 12Lee
  • 19Bonne
  • 20Lapslie
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 25Barnes
  • 30Oduwa
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
4,116

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away8

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.

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    Darren Ambrose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Darren Ambrose (Colchester United).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Harney (Colchester United) header from very close range is too high following a corner.

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    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ryan Inniss.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

  11. Post update

    Darren Ambrose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ryan Inniss.

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    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ryan Inniss.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Darren Ambrose (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

  16. Post update

    Elliot Lee (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Foley (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

  19. Post update

    Sam Foley (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Joe Edwards (Colchester United).

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