Odubajo at the double as Leyton Orient return to the top
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League One: Swindon 1 Leyton Orient 3
Moses Odubajo’s double helped Orient come from behind at Swindon to return to the top of League One with an impressive win at the County Ground.
The O’s had been behind for a matter of seconds when David Mooney lifted the ball over Foderingham from outside the area, showing exquisite technique.
Nicky Ajose had given Swindon the lead after 23 minutes after a blocked shot fell kindly for him but Odubajo’s quickfire double completed the comeback.
Midfield stalwart Romain Vincelot returned to the starting line up in place of Lloyd James, who was only fit enough for a place on the bench following the injury sustained in last weekend’s defeat to Preston.
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Mathieu Baudry also started his first game for almost a month after recovering from a knee injury with Gary Sawyer dropping out of the starting XI.
Swindon started the stronger and Nicky Ajose had already missed two presentable chances when he put the Robins ahead.
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First Jamie Jones denied him from a tight angle then he put a sitter wide after Jay McEveley played him in.
But he made no mistake third time around although some Swindon players still appeared to be celebrating as Mooney lobbed the highly-ragted Foderingham from distance for his 14th goal of the season.
And after a spell of concerted pressure Dean Cox’s excellent cross from the left was converted by Odubajo at the back post. The winger scored seconds after the restart to make sure of the win with a deflected shot from outside the penalty area.
The turn which set up the chance was superb and Foderingham had no chance when the ball was diverted past him.
It was only Swindon’s second League One defeat at the County Ground all season and manager Russell Slade will be delighted with the way his players responded to back to back defeats.
After equalising Orient grew in confidence and thoroughly deserved the three points. Vincelot was dominant in the middle of the park as he showed the O’s what they’d been missing in the two defeats he missed through suspension.
An unsavoury moment halfway through the second half saw Orient keeper Jones confronted by a fan who made his way onto the pitch.
Swindon were furious they weren’t awarded a penalty for a foul on Mohamed Elgabas, but the substitute was booked for diving.
The home side had chances but Orient could have won more comfrotably with both Mooney and Cox missing when it appeared easier to score.
And Odubajo missed a great chance to complete his hat-trick but was denied by Foderingham.
To rub salt into Swindon’s wounds left-back Jay McEveley was sent off in the final minute, picking up a second booking for fouling Orient substitute Shaun Batt as he charged through on goal.
The win, coupled with Wolves’ draw at home to Brentford, means they are top of the table by a solitary point.
Orient: Jones; Cuthbert, Baudry, Clarke, Omozusi; Odubajo, Vincelot, Bartley (Wright 87), Cox; Mooney (Stockley 90), Lisbie (Batt 75). Unused substitutes: Larkins, Sawyer, James, Simpson.