Neither side could break the deadlock as Southend and Port Vale played out an entertaining goalless draw.

Vale had goalkeeper Chris Neal to thank after he twice denied Shrimpers forward Gavin Tomlin in the first half.

Tomlin also hit the woodwork twice for the hosts as his side looked the more likely to score the opening goal.

However, Vale could have won it late on but Paul Smith denied Vincent before Tom Pope's rebound was blocked by Mark Phillips to keep it level.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock told BBC Essex:

"They started very well, they had a couple of half chances. As the first half unfolded, I think we started to dominate. Their goalie had four or five decent saves.

"The second half was pretty even until the last 20 minutes when we kind of got on top and we had several half chances we should have done better with.

"It was frustrating as a manager to watch how open the game was, but it's a clean sheet, if you look at it that way.

"The only thing missing today was the final finish. We've created a lot of chances, played some decent football and we've come up against a decent team. I'm disappointed."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Southend

  • 01 Smith
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 06 Cresswell
  • 15 Phillips
  • 23 Barker
  • 27 Mkandawire
  • 08 Timlin
  • 14 Hurst (Corr - 70' )
  • 26 Laird
  • 20 Assombalonga (Eastwood - 86' )
  • 21 Tomlin Booked

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 16 Prosser
  • 18 Leonard
  • 19 Spicer
  • 30 Woodyard
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 10 Corr

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Yates
  • 14 McDonald
  • 17 Davis
  • 03 Taylor
  • 09 Myrie-Williams (Duffy - 90' )
  • 23 Burge
  • 08 Dodds
  • 10 Vincent Booked
  • 11 Pope Booked
  • 19 Williamson (Shuker - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Johnson
  • 24 Duffy
  • 15 Shuker
  • 20 McAllister
  • 21 James
  • 22 Lloyd
Ref: Ward
Att: 4,876

Match Stats

Shots

20 12

On target

11 9

Corners

9 7

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:17 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:45

Sean Clohessy sends in a cross.

90:00 +3:09

Chris Shuker decides to take the corner short.

90:00 +2:25

Ryan Burge restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:25 Booking

Booking Gavin Tomlin is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:22

Gavin Tomlin challenges Tom Pope unfairly and gives away a free kick.

89:57

Tom Pope gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Smith. Free kick taken by Paul Smith.

88:27

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Shuker played to the near post, save made by Paul Smith.

88:27 Substitution

Substitution Jennison Myrie-Williams goes off and Richard Duffy comes on.

88:27

Ashley Vincent takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith. Tom Pope takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Phillips. Jennison Myrie-Williams produces a cross, clearance by Sean Clohessy.

87:34

Marc Laird produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

85:19

Direct free kick taken by Sean Clohessy.

85:19 Substitution

Substitution Freddy Eastwood on for Britt Assombalonga.

85:19 Booking

Booking Tom Pope goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

85:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Pope on Mark Phillips.

84:42

Sean Clohessy crosses the ball, clearance by Robert Taylor.

84:31

Chris Barker produces a cross, Clayton McDonald makes a clearance.

82:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Pope by Mark Phillips. Joe Davis takes the direct free kick.

81:39

Louis Dodds challenges Marc Laird unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Smith restarts play with the free kick.

81:11

Centre by Jennison Myrie-Williams, clearance by Mark Phillips.

79:42

Joe Davis fouled by Britt Assombalonga, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Neal takes the direct free kick.

77:56

Centre by Gavin Tomlin.

77:26

The ball is swung over by Gavin Tomlin, Robert Taylor gets a block in. Corner taken by Michael Timlin, Joe Davis manages to make a clearance.

76:31

Centre by Louis Dodds, Header from deep inside the area by Joe Davis goes over the bar.

75:47

Unfair challenge on Ashley Vincent by Gavin Tomlin results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Vincent from left wing, save by Paul Smith.

74:39

Effort on goal by Louis Dodds from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

70:25

Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. Save by Chris Neal. Inswinging corner taken by Michael Timlin, Headed effort on goal by Ryan Cresswell from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

69:11 Substitution

Substitution Kevan Hurst leaves the field to be replaced by Barry Corr.

68:29

Short corner worked by Ryan Burge.

66:50 Substitution

Substitution Ben Williamson goes off and Chris Shuker comes on.

66:33

The ball is swung over by Jennison Myrie-Williams, Sean Clohessy manages to make a clearance.

64:57

Shot by Kevan Hurst from outside the box goes over the target.

64:36

Kevan Hurst produces a cross, Chris Neal makes a save.

64:13

Short corner taken by Kevan Hurst.

63:47

Robert Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Tomlin. Paul Smith restarts play with the free kick.

61:02

Marc Laird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Burge. Ryan Burge takes the free kick.

59:15

Marc Laird takes a shot. Tom Pope gets a block in.

58:33

A cross is delivered by Kevan Hurst, Clayton McDonald manages to make a clearance.

58:04

Sean Clohessy takes a shot. Blocked by Louis Dodds. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kevan Hurst.

57:45

Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. Blocked by Clayton McDonald.

55:28

Gavin Tomlin is ruled offside. Chris Neal takes the indirect free kick.

54:39

The ball is delivered by Ashley Vincent.

54:18

Ryan Cresswell challenges Tom Pope unfairly and gives away a free kick. Louis Dodds restarts play with the free kick.

52:54

Kevan Hurst crosses the ball, clearance made by Joe Davis. Inswinging corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the left by-line, save made by Chris Neal.

47:58

Shot from outside the area by Ashley Vincent misses to the left of the goal.

47:18

Gavin Tomlin produces a cross, save by Chris Neal.

46:26

Ashley Vincent produces a cross, save by Paul Smith.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:24

Robert Taylor challenges Britt Assombalonga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean Clohessy restarts play with the free kick.

44:46

Gavin Tomlin challenges Robert Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Neal.

42:52

Gavin Tomlin crosses the ball, save made by Chris Neal.

42:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Pope on Mark Phillips. Paul Smith restarts play with the free kick.

41:19

Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a shot. Paul Smith makes a save.

40:55

A cross is delivered by Kevan Hurst, Clayton McDonald manages to make a clearance.

39:51

Mark Phillips is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Neal takes the free kick.

39:33

Kevan Hurst decides to take the corner short.

39:17

Chris Barker takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Davis.

38:14

The ball is delivered by Kevan Hurst, Adam Yates manages to make a clearance.

37:52

Gavin Tomlin takes a shot. Save by Chris Neal.

36:35

Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. Chris Neal makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst from the right by-line, clearance by Ryan Burge.

35:17

Gavin Tomlin has an effort at goal from just outside the box hitting the post.

34:12

Gavin Tomlin produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

33:17

Louis Dodds takes a shot. Save made by Paul Smith.

32:28

Kevan Hurst challenges Jennison Myrie-Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Burge.

32:02

Centre by Kevan Hurst, save by Chris Neal.

31:51

Kevan Hurst produces a cross, clearance made by Joe Davis.

29:31

Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

28:25

Ben Williamson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Smith. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Burge played to the near post, Sean Clohessy makes a clearance. The ball is crossed by Sean Clohessy.

27:05

Tom Pope takes a shot. Paul Smith makes a save.

25:55

Shot from close range by Gavin Tomlin misses to the right of the target.

25:24

Adam Yates delivers the ball, Mark Phillips manages to make a clearance.

24:58

Gavin Tomlin challenges Clayton McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Clayton McDonald.

23:28

Gavin Tomlin takes a shot. Save made by Chris Neal. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst played to the near post, clearance made by Ryan Burge.

22:36

Inswinging corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Adam Yates.

21:48

Ryan Burge is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paul Smith takes the free kick.

20:31

The ball is delivered by Jennison Myrie-Williams, Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Burge from the right by-line to the near post, Chris Barker makes a clearance.

18:07

Foul by Clayton McDonald on Gavin Tomlin, free kick awarded. Kevan Hurst delivers the ball, Mark Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Chris Neal. Gavin Tomlin takes a shot. Save by Chris Neal.

17:43

Robert Taylor takes a short corner.

16:36

Handball decision goes against Ashley Vincent. Paul Smith restarts play with the free kick.

16:36 Booking

Booking Ashley Vincent booked for unsporting behaviour.

15:56

Robert Taylor fouled by Marc Laird, the ref awards a free kick. Clayton McDonald restarts play with the free kick.

14:45

The ball is swung over by Sean Clohessy, Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. Save made by Chris Neal.

13:24

Centre by Sean Clohessy, Shot on goal by Michael Timlin from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

11:55

Adam Yates delivers the ball, Paul Smith makes a save.

10:44

Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. Save by Chris Neal.

9:37

Corner taken by Ryan Burge from the left by-line, Chris Barker manages to make a clearance.

7:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Burge by Marc Laird. Free kick crossed by Ashley Vincent.

6:54

The ball is sent over by Robert Taylor, Louis Dodds takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Cresswell.

6:11

Louis Dodds concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Laird. Paul Smith takes the free kick.

4:51

Ashley Vincent delivers the ball.

3:56

Michael Timlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jennison Myrie-Williams. Joe Davis takes the free kick.

3:10

Shot from outside the area by Kevan Hurst misses to the left of the target.

2:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Britt Assombalonga by Joe Davis. Direct free kick taken by Marc Laird.

2:03

Ben Williamson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Smith.

0:00

The game begins.

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