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Cambridge United lost 2-0 to Port Vale at Vale Park on Saturday, 9 December. Despite the snow, the pitch was in a surprisingly good condition thanks to Port Vale fans who helped clear it before the kick-off. The U’s have never won at Vale Park before and their luck hasn’t changed this time either.
Both teams made a sloppy start, with neither being able to retain possession for a significant period of time. The possession was almost 50/50 throughout the game, but the Valiants made better use of it.
In the early minutes of the game, Uche Ikpeazu repeatedly tried to force his way past the Vale defence. His fifth minute cross found Jabo Ibehre, but the ball headed straight into Ryan Boot’s arms.
The Valiants quickly began to take advantage of the sloppy Cambridge passing, and improved their chances. Jack Carroll had to pull a pretty unbelievable block to resist a Cristian Montano pile-driver in the 14th minute.
It was a corner that gifted Cambridge their best chance. Piero Mingoia supplied the cross and Boot came running out of his goal to confront the attackers. Leon Legge met the ball with a ferocious header that unfortunately flew high over the bar.
As the half came to a close, poor defending let Port Vale take the lead. Dave Worral crossed from the right with U’s defence failing to clear the ball, and Colombian Montano struck an unstoppable shot from 18 yards out into the top corner, to send the home team ahead.
Almost immediately after the restart, Montano popped up again, poking home from a Worrall corner, sending U’s to defeat.
United rarely threatened the Port Vale goal in the second half. Substitutes Jevani Brown and Ade Azeez brought plenty of spirit but had difficulties creating a clear-cut chance.
Despite losing this game, the Cambridge United remains only three points outside of the play-off places, ranked 13th on the league table.
Port Vale: Boot, Anderson, Kay, Pope, Worrall, Montano (Pugh, 71 mins), Gibbons, Smith, Whitfield (Barnett, 65 mins), Tonge, Gunning