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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)

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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 Shrewsbury Town 22 43
2 Wycombe Wanderers 22 43
3 Burton Albion 23 43
4 Luton Town 22 41
5 Southend United 22 38
6 Plymouth Argyle 22 37
7 Newport County AFC 22 37
8 Exeter City 23 37
9 Bury 22 34
10 Stevenage 22 31
11 Morecambe 22 30
12 AFC Wimbledon 22 30
13 Accrington Stanley 22 30
14 Cambridge United 22 29
15 Portsmouth 22 27
16 Mansfield Town 22 27
17 Oxford United 22 25
18 Cheltenham Town 22 25
19 Northampton Town 22 24
20 Carlisle United 22 24
21 York City 22 23
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 22 21
23 Tranmere Rovers 22 19
24 Hartlepool United 22 14