Mooney at it again but Leyton Orient knocked off top spot
League One: Bristol City 2-2 Leyton Orient
In-form Orient striker David Mooney scored another sublime goal but his team twice surrendered the lead at Ashton Gate - and with it top spot in League One.
Scott Cuthbert put the ball into his own net with 17 minutes remaining to deny the O’s their second successive away win.
Mooney scored the opening goal of the game halfway through the first half, curling home a cute finish after good approach play from Dean Cox and Moses Odubajo.
Bristol City were the better team for long periods of the game at Ashton Gate, and equalised 13 minutes into the second half through Sam Baldock, who swept in a corner.
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Dean Cox turned in a rebound from close range after City goalkeeper Elliot Parish spilled an Odubajo shot but the unfortunate Cuthbert had the final say.
Mooney’s goal came three days after he scored another exquisite goal in the West Country to set Orient on their way to victory at Swindon.
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Captain Nathan Clarke was declared fit to make his 400th professional start despite missing training yesterday and midfielder Lloyd James came back into the starting line-up after dropping to the bench for the win at the County Ground with an ankle injury.
He replaced Marvin Bartley, but it was City who started the stronger and their top scorer Jay Emmanuel-Thomas lashed a cross across the face of goal after Simon Gillett had a shot deflected wide.
But Orient grew into the game, and after Parish saved a header from Kevin Lisbie, Mooney intervened.
It was his 15th goal in all competitions and he is now the sole top scorer in League One with 13 - one more than Coventry’s Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson, and Bradford hitman Nahki Wells.
Kevin Lisbie had a goal disallowed for the O’s following a quickly taken corner shortly after half time and Baldock soon equalised for City.
But, after Cox had profited from Parish’s mistake, Cuthbert’s own goal means Orient trail Wolves by a single point - and they are eight clear of Brentford and Preston in the chasing pack.
The O’s welcome Sheffield United to Brisbane Road on Saturday.
Orient: Jones; Cuthbert, Clarke, Baudry, Omozusi; Odubajo, James (Bartley 86), Vincelot, Cox; Mooney (Simpson 90), Lisbie (Batt 74).
Substitutes not used: Larkins, Sawyer, Stockley, Wright.