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Coventry strike late on to deny Leyton Orient first home win

17:01 01 November 2014

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O's Jay Simpson netted his fifth of the season in the 2-2 draw with Coventry City. Pic: Simon O'Connor.

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League One: Leyton Orient 2 Coventry City 2

Jim O’Brien’s stoppage time strike for Coventry City saw Leyton Orient denied their first home win of the season.

O’Brien had given Coventry a first-half lead in a lacklustre encounter, but the O’s turned things round in the second period as Scott Cuthbert headed them level on 54 minutes before Simpson headed home Mathieu Baudry’s cross.

But in the first minute of stoppage time Woods’ punch fell straight to O’Brien who broke home hearts by slotting home despite some desperate attempts from the O’s defence.

Orient boss Mauro Milanese made two changes to the side which lost 2-0 to Preston North End with skipper Nathan Clarke returning from injury for the suspended Shane Lowry, while loanee Josh Wright came in for his first start in place of Bradley Pritchard.

The game was very slow to get going with neither side going close in the opening stages, but the hosts were much brighter going forward then they had been in recent weeks.

Some nice play down the left saw Elliot Omozusi play in Dean Cox and his ball across was picked up by Sky Blues goalkeeper Lee Burge.

But the visitors were growing into the game and Gary Madine was superbly denied by Mathieu Baudry as a cross into the box found the former Carlisle striker and from just a few yards out looked set to score but for a last-ditch block from the Frenchman.

Up the other end Cox tried his luck from ranger and despite Burge scrambling, the ball was just wide of the target.

Coventry went straight up the other end and were unlucky not to have a penalty when Scott Cuthbert appeared to have a grasp of Madine’s shirt, but referee Jeremy Simpson waved away appeals.

However the O’s could only survive for so long though as a slip from Clarke just outside the area in the 35th minutes allowed Madine to profit.

He played the ball across for the onrushing O’Brien and he rifled home from 12 yards. O’s were certainly struggling and on a number of occasions simply couldn’t string a couple of passes together as they went in at the break a goal down.

The second half started as slow as the first but John Fleck should have doubled the Sky Blues lead when played in unmarked, but he shot straight at Gary Woods.

However, Orient got the goal they had been craving on 54 minutes when Cox’s corner found Cuthbert in the box and his thumping header went in off the post.

That visibly lifted the O’s and the Brisbane Road crowd were now in full voice.

And the hosts went in front 19 minutes from time when Baudry chipped a ball into the box and Simpson was there to head past Burge.

“How s*** must you be, we are winning at home’ rung around Brisbane Road, and though the O’s spent the remainder of the game on the back foot, they were digging in.

However, just as four minutes stoppage time was announced a ball was pumped into the O’s box and Woods could only punch straight to O’Brien and despite some desperate attempts to keep it out the ball trickled into the net to deny the hosts.

Leyton Orient: Woods, Cuthbert, Clarke, Baudry, Omozusi, McAnuff, Bartley, Wright (Pritchard 77), Cox, Simpson, Plasmati (Batt 77)

Unused substitutes: Grainger, Lee, Kashket, Sawyer, Dagnall.

Coventry City: Burge, Willis, Johnson (Webster 8 [Jackson 80]), Martin, Haynes, Flack, O’Brien, Barton, Finch (Maddison 86), Nouble, Madine

Unused substitutes: McQuoid, Miller, Tudgay, Allsop.

Attendance: 5,464 (1,161 Coventry City fans)

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