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Port Vale 3-0 Cambridge United

Tom Pope's double and Ricky Miller's debut goal earned Port Vale a comfortable victory over Cambridge.

The Valiants are now unbeaten in their past 14 opening-day games.

The visitors had the first chance of the match after eight minutes when a George Maris corner was headed narrowly wide by Ade Azeez.

Azeez was left unmarked from another set-piece 10 minutes later, but with the goal at his mercy the stretching U's striker could not make contact with the ball.

Port Vale took the lead in first-half stoppage-time when Miller curled home a fantastic free-kick from 20 yards.

The Valiants doubled their advantage from the penalty spot, with Pope firing home after Miller had been tripped in the area.

Cambridge looked to reduce the arrears shortly after but Azeez was denied by an excellent save from Scott Brown.

Pope made it 3-0 with 20 minutes remaining when he headed a Cristian Montano cross past David Forde to seal victory.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 2Gibbons
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 15Smith
  • 3Montaño
  • 7Worrall
  • 4Joyce
  • 8OyelekeSubstituted forTongeat 74'minutes
  • 11Hannant
  • 9Pope
  • 10MillerBooked at 45minsSubstituted forDoddsat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Legge
  • 12Hornby
  • 14Quigley
  • 17Kanu
  • 18Tonge
  • 19Dodds
  • 21Vassell

Cambridge

  • 1Forde
  • 17Davies
  • 5Taylor
  • 4Taft
  • 3Carroll
  • 7AmooSubstituted forOsadebeat 76'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 6DeeganBooked at 45mins
  • 18Maris
  • 11DunkSubstituted forCorrat 65'minutes
  • 19LambeSubstituted forO'Neilat 83'minutes
  • 10Azeez

Substitutes

  • 8O'Neil
  • 9Corr
  • 13Mitov
  • 15Osadebe
  • 16Darling
  • 23Knowles
  • 25John
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
5,559

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 3, Cambridge United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 3, Cambridge United 0.

Luke Hannant (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leon Davies (Cambridge United).

Foul by James Gibbons (Port Vale).

Emmanuel Osadebe (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. George Maris (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Liam O'Neil replaces Reggie Lambe.

Foul by Luke Joyce (Port Vale).

Barry Corr (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Emmanuel Osadebe (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Emmanuel Osadebe replaces David Amoo.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Ricky Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Michael Tonge replaces Manny Oyeleke.

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

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

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Connell Rawlinson.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 3, Cambridge United 0. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cristian Montaño with a cross.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Luke Hannant (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. David Worrall (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Barry Corr replaces Harrison Dunk because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. David Worrall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Attempt missed. Reggie Lambe (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Adebayo Azeez (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Jake Carroll (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by David Worrall (Port Vale).

Jake Carroll (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Leon Davies.

Attempt missed. Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Ricky Miller (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe11006063
2Forest Green11004133
3Mansfield11003033
4Port Vale11003033
5Exeter11003123
6Swindon11003213
7MK Dons11002113
8Bury11001013
9Crawley11001013
10Lincoln City11001013
11Stevenage10102201
12Tranmere10102201
13Colchester10100001
14Notts County10100001
15Macclesfield100123-10
16Oldham100112-10
17Cheltenham100101-10
18Northampton100101-10
19Yeovil100101-10
20Carlisle100113-20
21Grimsby100114-30
22Cambridge100103-30
23Newport100103-30
24Morecambe100106-60
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