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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

Port Vale 2

D Loft (25, pen 52)

ft

Southend 3

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

Shrimpers leave Vale all at sea

Last Updated: 27/08/11 7:26pm

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Phillips: Celebrates goal

Phillips: Celebrates goal

Two goals in the opening seven minutes sent Southend on the way to a thrilling 3-2 League Two victory at Port Vale on Saturday.

Centre-back Mark Phillips buried a powerful header into the roof of the net from Lee Sawyer's right-wing corner to open the scoring in the fifth minute.

And the lead was quickly doubled when Liam Dickinson spun 20 yards out to drive a terrific left-foot finish low inside Stuart Tomlinson's right-hand post.

Vale were back in it when Doug Loft raced onto a slide-rule pass from Gary Roberts to lift the ball over the advancing Glenn Morris' dive in the 25th minute.

But Southend were two goals to the good again four minutes later as an ambitious 30-yard shot from Ryan Leonard was misjudged by Tomlinson and the ball squirmed under his dive.

Loft buried his second, sending Morris diving in the wrong direction from a 50th-minute penalty after Dickinson had pushed Gareth Owen to the ground. But Southend, with Phillips outstanding, defended solidly after that to secure their second away win of the season and inflict Vale's first league defeat.

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2 Shrewsbury Town 39 74
3 Wycombe Wanderers 39 74
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6 Newport County AFC 39 61
7 Plymouth Argyle 39 60
8 Luton Town 39 58
9 Stevenage 39 58
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17 Accrington Stanley 39 46
18 Mansfield Town 39 45
19 Cambridge United 39 44
20 York City 39 41
21 Carlisle United 39 41
22 Hartlepool United 39 39
23 Tranmere Rovers 39 38
24 Cheltenham Town 39 37