Dagnall sees red as Leyton Orient slip to Bradford defeat
17:06 29 November 2014
2 BURNHAM RD CHINGFORD LONDON E4 8PE
League One: Bradford City 3 Leyton Orient 1
Two goals in the space of three second half minutes saw 10-man Leyton Orient slip to a 3-1 defeat at Bradford City and now find themselves just above the relegation zone on goal difference.
Billy Knott had put the Bantams into a first half lead, but substitute David Mooney struck the equaliser.
Striker Chris Dagnall was then shown his marching orders for a two-footed tackle on Knott, and the hosts took full advantage as Billy Clarke and Jonathan Stead secured victory for the hosts.
Leyton Orient made just the one change from the side which won 4-1 against Crewe Alexandra with loanee Jack Price coming in for the suspended Romain Vincelot, while goalkeeper Charlie Grainger was recalled to the bench after Gary Woods picked up an injury in training.
The first chance of the game went the way of the hosts after just five minutes when Orient could only half clear to Mark Yeates but his dipping shot went narrowly over the bar.
The two Italians Dossena and Plasmati combined to create the first O’s opening, but the latter dragged his effort wide.
Yeates continued to be a threat for the Bantams and the Yorkshire hosts went closest yet when his ball in was glanced wide by Billy Clarke.
Clarke then went close twice in as many minutes, seeing an effort deflected narrowly wide, before forcing a good save from Legzdins.
Yeates went close five minutes before the break with a 20-yard effort and Legzdins then denied Stead.
But the O’s couldn’t hold on until the break though as Stead played in Billy Knott who slotted home to give them a 1-0 half-time lead.
Jobi McAnuff was brought on for Bradley Pritchard at the break, and the O’s had penalty appeals turned away early in the half when Andrea Dossena’s cross struck the hand of Stephen Darby.
Mauro Milanese brought on Mooney for the ineffective Gianvito Plasmati as they tried to find a way back into the game, though they were creating very little in front of goal.
The visitors had Legzdins to thank as he pushed Andy Halliday’s header on to the bar, however, the O’s managed to find a leveller as Mooney capitalised on an error from the Bantams and calmly slotted past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Having just got themselves level, Orient then found themselves down to 10 men though when Dagnall was adjudged to have gone in two-footed on Knott.
And all the hard work was undone when the hosts went back in front as a left-wing cross found Clarke in the box and the striker fired home with 11 minutes left on the clock.
Jonathan Stead put distance between the O’s and Bradford with a third two minutes later after he collected a poor pass from Legzdins and rounded the keeper before slotting into the empty net to seal victory for the hosts and put the hosts just above the relegation zone on goal difference.
Attendance: 12, 489 (308 Leyton Orient supporters)