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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

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39