Vale stutter against Shrimpers

The promotion jitters continued for stuttering Port Vale who have taken just one point from the last four games after a 2-1 defeat to Southend.

Last Updated: 09/03/13 at 18:19

Britt Assombalonga: On target for Southend

Britt Assombalonga: On target for Southend

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Vale's lack of confidence was obvious in the disjointed opening stages and Darren Purse came to the rescue after a mistake by Liam Chilvers let in Britt Assombalonga.

But Purse was culpable when his trip on Matt Lund, on loan at Southend from Vale's neighbours Stoke, led to the visitors taking the lead from a 19th minute penalty.

Sean Clohessy made no mistake with an unstoppable spot-kick high inside Chris Neal's left-hand post.

Assombalonga threatened twice more against a ponderous Vale defence before extending Southend's advantage in the 31st minute.

The fleet-footed striker turned Purse with ease and struck a right-foot shot from 14 yards which took a big deflection off Anthony Griffith to leave Chris Neal without a hope.

It was almost three with the last kick of the first-half when Ryan Leonard's 25-yard shot crashed against the crossbar before Vale were booed from the field.

Vale boss Micky Adams hauled off Purse and Jennison Myrie-Williams at half-time, but the signs of improvement were initially negligible.

Birchall finally landed Vale's first blow on target in the 63rd minute before Lee Hughes gave the home side a lifeline just a minute later.

Chris Shuker flighted over a cross from the right and Hughes' glancing header from 10 yards sent the ball just inside Paul Smith's right-hand post.

Smith later denied Hughes an equaliser with a fine save, but Southend held firm for a deserved victory.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 13 September 2014
15:00
Accrington 1-0 AFC W'don Report
Burton Alb 2-0 York City  
Carlisle 0-3 Bury Report
Dag + Red 2-3 Cambridge Utd Report
Exeter 1-1 Oxford Utd  
Hartlepool 0-0 Tranmere Report
Luton Town 1-0 Cheltenham Report
Morecambe 2-1 Plymouth Report
Newport 3-2 Northamptn Report
Southend 2-0 Portsmouth Report

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Burton Alb 7 8 19
2 Morecambe 7 6 16
3 Bury 7 6 14
4 Wycombe 7 5 14
5 Cheltenham 7 3 14
6 Cambridge Utd 7 5 11
7 Shrewsbury 7 4 11
8 Southend 7 2 11
9 Northamptn 7 1 11
10 Plymouth 7 3 10
11 Portsmouth 7 -1 10
12 Stevenage 7 -2 10
13 Mansfield 7 -2 9
14 Tranmere 7 0 8
15 AFC W'don 7 -1 8
16 York City 7 -1 8
17 Newport 7 -2 8
18 Luton Town 7 -2 8
19 Dag + Red 7 -3 7
20 Hartlepool 7 -3 7
21 Accrington 7 -5 7
22 Oxford Utd 7 -4 3
23 Exeter 7 -6 3
24 Carlisle 7 -11 3

Updated Sat, 13 Sep 2014

Footer 365

Transfer news: Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean loaned to Yeovil

Yeovil Town have signed Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean on an initial month-long loan deal.

Rio: Moyes' tactics 'embarrassing'

Rio Ferdinand says David Moyes created a "negative vibe" during his Manchester United reign and labelled the Scot's tactics as "embarrassing".

Manchester United arrivals will take us back to top, says Ander Herrera

Ander Herrera has backed Manchester United's big-money recruits to fire the club back to the top of the Premier League.

Mail Box

Fixing The Mess At Old Trafford

Plenty of conclusions on United's win over QPR and their missing link(s), more Ozil frustration, how Liverpool are like lasagne, as well as a word on Diego Costa's temperament...

A Lousy Day At The Office For Liverpool

We have some excellent thoughts on Arsenal's draw and Liverpool's woeful loss, plus praise for Villa, Diego Costa, Philippe Senderos and the 'final' word on hitting the post...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property