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Port Vale 2-0 Colchester United

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

Match ends, Port Vale 2, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

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

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

Foul by Darren Ambrose (Colchester United).

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ryan Inniss.

Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ryan Inniss.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ryan Inniss.

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

Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

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

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

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

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

Foul by Joe Edwards (Colchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 2, Colchester United 0. Sam Foley (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Byron Moore.

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Colchester United).

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

Attempt saved. JJ Hooper (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Chris Porter.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Attempt missed. Sam Foley (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Louis Dodds (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. JJ Hooper replaces Theo Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Byron Moore replaces Matthew Kennedy.

Attempt saved. Nathan Oduwa (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Nathan Oduwa replaces Gavin Massey.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Elliot Lee replaces George Moncur.

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

Attempt saved. Sam Foley (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton34215844281668
2Wigan351713556312564
3Gillingham351781060431759
4Walsall341611750361459
5Millwall351771155411458
6Barnsley351741457461155
7Coventry3414101056381852
8Bradford341410103936352
9Port Vale361410124139252
10Southend35149124644251
11Sheff Utd351310124947249
12Swindon34146145351248
13Rochdale35139134546-148
14Bury35139134555-1048
15Scunthorpe34138133840-247
16Peterborough35136165856245
17Chesterfield35125184654-841
18Fleetwood341010144243-140
19Shrewsbury34117164051-1140
20Doncaster34910153645-937
21Blackpool3598183346-1335
22Oldham33616113344-1134
23Crewe35612173760-2330
24Colchester3569204281-3927
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