Southend Utd 3-0 Port Vale

Southend Utd 3-0 Port Vale

Defender Clayton McDonald was sent-off as Southend ran out comfortable winners in Saturday’s League Two encounter at Roots Hall.

Micky Adams took a much reduced squad to the south coast and made three changes to his line-up with Chris Martin, Clayton McDonald and Sean Rigg coming into the starting eleven. Rookies Sam Johnson and Kingsley James were named on the bench.

McDonald joined Owen and McCombe in a back three that was disrupted by an early injury to Lee Collins which saw Louis Dodds enter the fray.

By then Vale were 2-0 down thanks to goals from Phillips and Dickenson. And by 55 minutes, it was game over as Gareth Owen’s own-goal made it 3-0 to Southend

On 63 minutes, Kingsley James made his Vale debut replacing Owen. But minutes later McDonald was sent-off for a second bookable offence reducing Vale to ten men.

Vale: Martin, Yates, McCombe, Owen, McDonald, Collins (Dodds), Griffith (Morsy), Loft, Rigg, Pope, Richards

Subs: Johnson, Williamson

Attendance: 5,269

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