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