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Vale Park (ATT 4,615) 27th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

Port Vale Port Vale vs Southend United Southend

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D Loft (25, pen 52)

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Southend 3

M Phillips (5)
L Dickinson (10)
R Leonard (29)

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Last Updated: 26/08/11 1:57pm

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Richards: Still hasn't played for Valiants

Richards: Still hasn't played for Valiants

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Port Vale and Southend at Vale Park.

Manager Micky Adams could name an unchanged side for the fourth successive league game when Port Vale host Southend.

It remains to be seen whether Marc Richards will return to the squad for the first time since the opening day of the season. The striker suffered an ankle injury against Crawley and has been sidelined since.

Several players tried to catch the manager's attention in the reserves on Wednesday night.

Striker Louis Dodds and midfielders Lewis Haldane and Rob Taylor, all with first-team experience, played in the 3-1 defeat to Derby.

Ben Williamson, Mike Green and Ryan Burge also featured and will be desperate to get involved in Adams' plans, along with midfielder Sam Morsy.

Meanwhile Paul Sturrock is battling a lengthy injury list ahead of Southend's trip to Port Vale.

Goalkeeper Glenn Morris and midfielder Ryan Hall are both struggling with a virus and will be assessed, although no risks will be taken with either of them.

Sturrock has also revealed another five or six unnamed first-choice players who have featured in the club's previous two matches - defeats to Burton and Crawley - are battling knocks and will be monitored as late as possible.

Centre-back Mark Phillips has not featured of late due to his groin problem and will again undergo a fitness test, while influential striker Barry Corr continues to miss out with his knee injury.

However, Blair Sturrock is expected to play some part at Vale Park for the first time this season having now got two games under his belt upon his return from an ankle injury.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13