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Port Vale 3-0 Colchester United

Mark Cullen scored twice as Port Vale moved into the League Two play-off positions with a convincing win against Colchester at Vale Park.

Tom Conlon put the home side in front in the 14th minute before striker Cullen struck a brace in the second half as Vale recorded their third consecutive victory.

The hosts showed their potency in attack in the opening period and broke the deadlock when Rhys Browne outpaced Ryan Jackson and slipped the ball through to Conlon, who blasted it past goalkeeper Dean Gerken.

Cristian Montano then went close for Vale before defender Leon Legge cleared Colchester midfielder Ben Stevenson's shot off the line.

Vale doubled their advantage in the 54th minute after Harry Pell failed to deal with David Worrall's ball, which Cullen latched on to and slotted home.

And they made sure of the three points in the 72nd minute, when the former Blackpool striker met Luke Joyce's pass and struck the ball beyond Gerken.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 15Smith
  • 5LeggeBooked at 39mins
  • 28BrisleyBooked at 32mins
  • 11Montaño
  • 20BurgessBooked at 70mins
  • 4JoyceBooked at 17mins
  • 10Conlon
  • 7Worrall
  • 13CullenSubstituted forBennettat 87'minutes
  • 17Browne

Substitutes

  • 8Oyeleke
  • 12Atkinson
  • 18Evans
  • 21Bennett
  • 22Lloyd
  • 23Campbell-Gordon
  • 30Maddison

Colchester

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Jackson
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Prosser
  • 3Bramall
  • 8PellBooked at 43minsSubstituted forGambinat 73'minutes
  • 14ComleySubstituted forNorrisat 61'minutes
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forPokuat 54'minutes
  • 24StevensonBooked at 43mins
  • 45Nouble
  • 13Robinson

Substitutes

  • 6Sowunmi
  • 9Norris
  • 15Harriott
  • 21Clampin
  • 26Gambin
  • 29Ross
  • 49Poku
Referee:
Leigh Doughty
Attendance:
5,199

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 3, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Tom Eastman (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luke Gambin with a headed pass.

Frank Nouble (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Worrall (Port Vale).

Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Luke Gambin.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Richie Bennett replaces Mark Cullen.

Kwame Poku (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Conlon (Port Vale).

Offside, Colchester United. Frank Nouble tries a through ball, but Theo Robinson is caught offside.

Frank Nouble (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Smith (Port Vale).

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Mark Cullen (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luke Prosser (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Cullen (Port Vale).

Offside, Colchester United. Tom Eastman tries a through ball, but Theo Robinson is caught offside.

Luke Prosser (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Cullen (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Gambin replaces Harry Pell.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 3, Colchester United 0. Mark Cullen (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Joyce.

Booking

Scott Burgess (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Port Vale. Luke Joyce tries a through ball, but Mark Cullen is caught offside.

Frank Nouble (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Smith (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Luke Norris (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kwame Poku with a cross.

Attempt missed. Rhys Browne (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Tom Conlon.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Luke Norris replaces Brandon Comley.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

Scott Burgess (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Mark Cullen (Port Vale) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by David Worrall.

Foul by Brandon Comley (Colchester United).

Scott Burgess (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cohen Bramall (Colchester United).

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 2, Colchester United 0. Mark Cullen (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by David Worrall.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon33196857362163
2Exeter33189650361463
3Crewe33187860402061
4Plymouth32186853361760
5Cheltenham321412647262154
6Port Vale34141284640654
7Colchester341313847341352
8Northampton331571147361152
9Bradford34131294135651
10Forest Green341210124139246
11Salford341111124444044
12Cambridge34128143844-644
13Walsall34127153546-1143
14Crawley34914114546-141
15Grimsby321011113840-241
16Newport311010112727040
17Leyton Orient34911144352-938
18Oldham34813133752-1537
19Scunthorpe3399154150-936
20Mansfield34811154653-735
21Carlisle33811143350-1735
22Morecambe3479183256-2430
23Macclesfield33714123139-829
24Stevenage34313182345-2222
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