Half-time at Roots Hall Stadium…

Southend United 0-0 Port Vale

All square at the break, but the Southend goal has led a charmed life during those opening 45 minutes.

Mark Oxley saved from former Blues favourite, David Worrall, in the opening minute, then denied Tom Pope on the whistle. Meanwhile, TomConlon struck the foot of an upright and Scott Burgess saw a speculative strike deflected behind as Vale continued to ask all the questions.

Southend have enjoyed plenty of the ball, but continue to do the basics poorly. You can only see one side going on to win it at this stage.

Brian Jeeves

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