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By Joshua Richards at the Matchroom Stadium
Saturday, October 12, 2013
League One: Leyton Orient 2 MK Dons 1
Kevin Lisbie hit his ninth goal of the season as League One leaders Leyton Orient came from behind against MK Dons to extend their unbeaten record to 11 games.
Watched by the biggest crowd of the season at the Matchroom Stadium, the O’s fell behind to a goal from Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford.
But Moses Odubajo, one of the division’s highest-rated talents, scored a composed equaliser before the interval and Lisbie completed the comeback in the second period to ensure the home side won for the first time in three league fixtures.
Manager Russell Slade named an unchanged team from the side that drew at Oldham last weekend, but started uncharacteristically slowly with no clear cut chances to show for all their early possession.
MK Dons had the first sight at goal when defender Tom Flanagan headed wide a corner from Shaun Williams midway through the opening period.
The game finally sparked into life on 29 minutes when the visitors took the lead through Bamford who picked the ball up on the right flank, turned inside defender Nathan Clarke and fired in low from the edge of the box.
The league leaders levelled on 41 minutes though when top-scorer David Mooney crossed from the byline to strike partner Lisbie, who laid the ball off for Odubajo to finish low with his left foot from 15 yards.
The O’s ended the half on top and could have doubled their lead but Dean Cox shot low at Dons goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin and Mooney scuffed a low effort wide of the near post from the edge of the box.
Orient carried the momentum into the second half, but Cox saw a low shot deflected wide and, from the resulting corner, Clarke headed harmlessly over the crossbar.
But the home side finally moved in front on 66 minutes when the division’s deadliest strike-force combined with Mooney slipping a pass through for Lisbie to poke past McLoughlin from eight yards.
As the Dons pushed for a way back into the game Bamford’s fierce drive was blocked by captain Clarke, while substitute Izale McLeod saw a close range effort smothered away by Jamie Jones.
McLeod went closer still when his fierce volley from the edge of the box cannoned back off the crossbar with Jones seemingly beaten, but Orient held on for maximum points.
Leyton Orient: Jones, Cuthbert, Baudry, Clarke, Omozusi, Odubajo, James, Vincelot, Cox, Lisbie (Batt 73), Mooney. Subs not used: Larkins, Sawyer, Lee, Lasimant, Bartley, Stockley.
MK Dons: McLoughlin, Otsemobor (Smith 81), Flanagan, Williams, Lewington, Powell, Potter, Gleeson, Chadwick (McLeod 68), Carruthers (Baldock 62), Bamford. Subs not used: Rasulo, Reeves, Banton, Burns.
Attendance: 6,359 (including 569 away)