SOUTHEND United manager Paul Sturrock has named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's game against Port Vale.

That means Marc Laird, Tamika Mkandawire and Michael Timlin again all feature in midfield, with Alex Woodyard on the bench.

Southend United: Smith, Clohessy, Cresswell, Phillips, Barker, Hurst, Mkandawire, Laird, Timlin, Tomlin, Assombalonga

Subs: Bentley, Eastwood, Corr, Prosser, Leonard, Spicer & Woodyard