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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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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