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Vale Park (ATT 3,734) 11th February 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Port Vale Port Vale vs Colchester United Colchester

Port Vale 2

D Loft (15, 53)

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Skipper Loft lifts Valiants

Last Updated: 11/02/14 11:16pm

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Doug Loft: At the double

Doug Loft: At the double

Two goals from captain Doug Loft gave Port Vale a 2-0 home win over a Colchester side who played their first game for 24 days.

Vale made a strong start and a Chris Lines free-kick flashed narrowly wide before Loft scored his sixth goal of the season in the 15th minute.

Dan Jones delivered a cross from the left flank and the onrushing Loft swept a low left-foot shot inside Sam Walker's left-hand post from 14 yards.

Vale kept up the pressure with Tom Pope's shot saved by Walker at point-blank range before Colchester finally retaliated as half time approached.

The visitors then penned Vale back at the start of the second period before the dynamic Loft netted his second goal against the run of play.

Loft sped onto Carl Dickinson's pass and cut in from the left to strike a perfectly placed right-foot shot low inside Walker's left-hand post from 16 yards.

Colchester refused to throw in the towel and Vale were forced to soak up heavy pressure late on, with substitutes Freddie Sears, three times, and Jabo Ibehre going close.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19