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Effort on goal by Louis Dodds from 25 yards. Save made by Glenn Morris.
Ryan Hall challenges Sean Rigg unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Morsy.
Ryan Hall has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
The ball is swung over by Sean Clohessy.
Marc Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Timlin. Michael Timlin takes the free kick.
Doug Loft sends in a cross, clearance by Mark Phillips.
Elliot Benyon fouled by Sam Morsy, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Timlin restarts play with the free kick.
Sam Morsy comes on in place of Anthony Griffith.
Marc Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Phillips. Glenn Morris takes the free kick.
Liam Dickinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Pope. Free kick taken by Chris Martin.
Kingsley James takes a inswinging corner.
Centre by Michael Timlin, save by Chris Martin.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Griffith on Sean Clohessy. Free kick crossed by Ryan Hall, Adam Yates makes a clearance.
JP Kalala challenges Sean Rigg unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kingsley James takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Kingsley James, Mark Phillips makes a clearance.
Foul by Michael Timlin on Sean Rigg, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kingsley James.
Unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon by Clayton McDonald results in a free kick. Clayton McDonald is sent off. Liam Dickinson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Adam Yates.
Peter Gilbert delivers the ball. Free kick awarded for a foul by JP Kalala on Sean Rigg. Kingsley James joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gareth Owen. Chris Martin takes the direct free kick.
Foul by John McCombe on Liam Dickinson, free kick awarded. Michael Timlin takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Doug Loft, Chris Barker manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Peter Gilbert, Gareth Owen scores an own goal from 6 yards. Southend 3-0 Port Vale.
Drilled right-footed shot by Michael Timlin. Blocked by Clayton McDonald. Michael Timlin produces a cross, Adam Yates makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Sean Rigg, save by Glenn Morris.
Marc Richards delivers the ball.
Unfair challenge on Peter Gilbert by Louis Dodds results in a free kick. Glenn Morris takes the free kick.
Sean Rigg takes a shot. Save made by Glenn Morris.
The ball is swung over by Adam Yates, Louis Dodds takes a shot. Glenn Morris makes a save. Doug Loft takes a inswinging corner.
Doug Loft crosses the ball.
A cross is delivered by Sean Clohessy, clearance by John McCombe.
David Martin crosses the ball, clearance made by Clayton McDonald.
Peter Gilbert takes a shot. Save by Chris Martin.
Louis Dodds comes on in place of Lee Collins.
Ryan Hall has a drilled shot. Save made by Chris Martin. Corner taken short by Ryan Hall.
Ryan Hall delivers the ball, clearance made by Marc Richards. Elliot Benyon has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Clayton McDonald on Liam Dickinson. Caution for Clayton McDonald. Ryan Hall crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Clayton McDonald.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Doug Loft on David Martin. Doug Loft goes into the book. Free kick taken by Chris Barker.
Liam Dickinson grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Southend 2-0 Port Vale.The assist for the goal came from Ryan Hall.
Foul by John McCombe on David Martin, free kick awarded. Chris Barker takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Ryan Hall misses to the left of the target.
Anthony Griffith fouled by Liam Dickinson, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Martin takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Glenn Morris takes the free kick.
Ryan Hall has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Chris Martin.
Peter Gilbert crosses the ball.
Michael Timlin has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Unfair challenge on Liam Dickinson by Gareth Owen results in a free kick. Michael Timlin restarts play with the free kick.
Gareth Owen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Dickinson. Free kick taken by Michael Timlin.
Outswinging corner taken by Doug Loft from the left by-line played to the near post, Tom Pope produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Adam Yates delivers the ball, save made by Glenn Morris.
Unfair challenge on Tom Pope by Chris Barker results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Doug Loft.
Elliot Benyon has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Doug Loft gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Timlin. Free kick taken by Glenn Morris.
Centre by Liam Dickinson, Clayton McDonald manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall, Mark Phillips finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Southend 1-0 Port Vale.Assist by Ryan Hall.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall played to the near post, Adam Yates makes a clearance.
Liam Dickinson sends in a cross.
Unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon by Clayton McDonald results in a free kick. Ryan Hall crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Anthony Griffith manages to make a clearance.
Martin set for Shrimpers bow
David Martin is set to make his Southend debut in the home match against Port Vale.
The left winger joined from npower Championship club Derby on Wednesday, signing an 18-month contract at Roots Hall.
Elliot Benyon made his debut in the 1-1 draw against Dagenham and is likely to retain his place in attack alongside Liam Dickinson.
Boss Paul Sturrock hinted there could be more incoming transfers for the Shrimpers.
"I'm always looking to strengthen the squad," he told the club's official website.
Sturrock also expects out-of-favour utility-man Bilel Mohsni to remain at the club for the rest of the season despite being sidelined for disciplinary issues. The 24-year-old has been sent off twice and booked nine times this season.
Vale manager Micky Adams will travel with a depleted squad.
Goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson (groin) and midfielder Rob Taylor (calf) are absent through injury, while loan signings Shane O'Connor (Ipswich), Andrew Little (Rangers), Jennison Myrie-Williams and Guy Madjo (both Stevenage) have all returned to their parent clubs.
Young defender Phil Roe (dead leg) is also unavailable and midfielder Sam Morsy (shin) and striker Ben Williamson (knee) are major doubts after suffering injuries during an outing for the reserve team on Wednesday afternoon.
Gareth Owen will be assessed after the defender played with stitches in a foot wound for 78 minutes of the 2-1 home defeat to Cheltenham on Bank Holiday Monday.
Long-term absentees Lewis Haldane (broken leg) and Ryan Burge (knee) are continuing their rehabilitation.
Shrimpers surge to second
Southend got their promotion push back on track with a comfortable 3-0 win over 10-man Port Vale in npower League Two.
Mark Phillips headed the Shrimpers in front in the eighth minute with their first effort on goal. The centre-back jumped unmarked at the back post to head Ryan Hall's corner into the top of the Vale goal.
Hall remained a threat, taking a couple of shots that went narrowly wide, before the right winger's diagonal cross was headed into the right-hand side of the goal by an unmarked Liam Dickinson in the 29th minute.
The Valiants could only produce tame efforts from skipper Marc Richards and Sean Rigg, which were easily held by Glenn Morris.
Vale shipped a third goal in the 55th minute when Peter Gilbert's cross from the byline was inexplicably turned into his own net by centre-back Gareth Owen, who had earlier done well to clear off the line after Chris Martin had parried a Hall shot.
And the visitors' day got worse in the 64th minute when Clayton McDonald was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.
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