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The Kassam Stadium (ATT 6,322) 2nd March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: E Ilderton

Oxford Utd Oxford United vs Port Vale Port Vale

Oxford Utd 2

A Potter (10)
D Smalley (76)

ft

Port Vale 1

D Loft (16)

U's on song to sink Vale

Last Updated: 02/03/13 6:54pm

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Deane Smalley: Scored vital winner

Deane Smalley: Scored vital winner

Oxford claimed their second big scalp in four days as Deane Smalley's late winner gave them a 2-1 win over second-placed Port Vale.

The U's shocked table-topping Gillingham 1-0 at Priestfield in midweek and went on to hand Vale a first defeat in eight away matches.

Chris Wilder's team took a 10th-minute lead in Saturday's League Two clash at the Kassam when former Oxford captain Darren Purse blundered.

The veteran centre-half badly underhit a backpass to goalkeeper Chris Neal and Alfie Potter raced forward to coolly slot home.

But Vale were back on level just six minutes later. Captain Doug Loft, an influential figure in the centre of the park, struck a magnificent 25-yard drive beyond keeper Luke McCormick's outstretched right hand high into the net.

The hosts felt they deserved a penalty when Potter got a shoulder in the back from Ryan Burge, but the referee waved play on.

Burge was himself unlucky in the second half with a brilliant chip from 22 yards that McCormick just tipped onto the bar.

But in the 76th minute Vale failed to clear a corner and Smalley smashed a low angled shot under Neal's legs.

Sean Rigg had the chance to make it 3-1 five minutes from time after Burge tripped Liam Davis in the box, but Neal brilliantly saved his spot kick.

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Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 44 80
2 Chesterfield 44 78
3 Rochdale 44 78
4 Fleetwood Town 44 75
5 Burton Albion 44 72
6 Southend United 44 68
7 York City 44 67
8 Oxford United 44 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 44 58
10 Bury 44 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 57
12 Mansfield Town 44 57
13 Portsmouth 44 57
14 AFC Wimbledon 44 56
15 Newport County AFC 44 55
16 Cheltenham Town 44 55
17 Hartlepool United 44 52
18 Accrington Stanley 44 51
19 Morecambe 44 50
20 Exeter City 44 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 44 47
22 Bristol Rovers 44 47
23 Northampton Town 44 47
24 Torquay United 44 42