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Amoo on target as Vale close in on play-off places

Port Vale boosted their play-off chances with a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient.

Manager John Askey made two changes from the midweek defeat at Morecambe.

Striker Mark Cullen and midfielder Will Atkinson came in from Tom Pope and Tom Conlon who dropped to the bench.

The Vale started brightly and Will Atkinson and David Worrall both wasted good chances.

Mark Cullen should have opened the scoring after the restart after good work by David Worrall.

The breakthrough did eventually come on 71 minutes.

David Amoo firing home from close range for his fifth goal of the season.

Boss John Askey said: "I was pleased with how he played, I thought it was an improvement on what we have been doing in the last few weeks, so it was nice to get back home and put on a decent performance.

"The main thing is that we are creating chances and playing well, and I am just really pleased that David Amoo tucked that one away and we were able to hold on.

"David caused them problems, especially early on in the first half, he worked really hard. I am just pleased to see him hitting the back of the net and again that will give him more confidence."

Cristian Montano went off injured six minutes from time after being on the receiving end of a high challenge.

Askey said: "He's fine, I think he will be alright for Saturday. I was just surprised when the referee only gave a yellow card, I don't like to see anybody sent off, but challenges like that, when you see what other players are sent off, it's a bit bizarre he stayed on.

The Vale remain 10th in the table, but are now just three points off the play-off places.

The Valiants have a free week to prepare for their next two games which are against the top two.

John Askey's side travel to leaders Swindon on Saturday before entertaining second place Exeter on Tuesday 28 January.

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