Nicky Ajose scored his third goal in as many games as Crawley Town beat Leyton Orient to secure their third league win of the season.

The on-loan striker scored 18 minutes from time with a well-placed shot after he was set up by debutant Mike Jones.

Orient started well, with Martin Rowlands forcing Reds keeper Paul Jones into action in the first minute.

Moses Odubajo and Michael Symes wasted chances as the O's suffered a third straight league defeat.

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Crawley manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"If you're going to be successful you have to win games in all different ways. I thought defensively they were absolutely fantastic, the back five or six were tremendous.

"We should have been fresher then them and we just didn't get the ball down and play and they pressed us really well and we looked nervous but getting to half-time was important.

"I was disappointed how long it took us to get behind them and I always knew that Nicky would be more of a threat off the shoulder and he obviously was after the pass from Michael Jones."

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9:

"I feel we were in there for at least a point today, and that would have been commendable.

"We looked a bit tired and leggy towards the end on the game.

"We didn't create enough chances, I think we need a bit more belief in an around the box, we need more quality to get a goal.

"A goal for us would have given us a fantastic lift."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 13 Hunt Booked
  • 28 Davis (Cooper - 52' )
  • 06 Akpan Booked
  • 07 Clarke (Jones - 69' )
  • 11 Simpson
  • 16 Adams
  • 09 Alexander
  • 14 Ajose (Forte - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Kuipers
  • 04 Connolly
  • 12 Walsh
  • 15 Bulman
  • 18 Cooper
  • 21 Jones
  • 10 Forte

Leyton Orient

  • 16 Allsopp
  • 03 Sawyer
  • 04 Chorley
  • 15 Clarke
  • 02 McSweeney
  • 07 Cox
  • 08 Griffith Booked
  • 17 Odubajo (Lisbie - 73' )
  • 21 Cook (Mooney - 65' )
  • 22 Rowlands Booked (Smith - 80' )
  • 10 Symes

Substitutes

  • 19 Grainger
  • 06 Baudry
  • 11 Smith
  • 14 Laird
  • 09 Lisbie
  • 26 Brunt
  • 39 Mooney
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 4,287

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

8 3

Corners

6 3

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:23 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Chorley on Hope Akpan. Direct free kick taken by Hope Akpan.

90:00 +2:34

The referee blows for offside against Jonathan Forte. Free kick taken by Ryan Allsop.

90:00 +1:53

The referee blows for offside. Leon McSweeney takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +1:03

Leon McSweeney fouled by Jonathan Forte, the ref awards a free kick. Leon McSweeney restarts play with the free kick.

88:49

Direct free kick taken by Ryan Allsop.

88:49 Booking

Booking David Hunt goes into the book.

88:35

Unfair challenge on Kevin Lisbie by David Hunt results in a free kick.

87:56

Ben Chorley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Forte. Nicky Adams takes the free kick.

86:22

Hope Akpan concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Smith. Ryan Allsop restarts play with the free kick.

85:39

Unfair challenge on Gary Alexander by Ben Chorley results in a free kick. Nicky Adams takes the direct free kick.

84:46

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary Sawyer, comfortable save by Paul Jones.

83:09

Jonathan Forte concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Clarke. Ryan Allsop takes the free kick.

82:36

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Ben Chorley gets a block in.

81:07 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Forte on for Nick Ajose.

79:32

Direct free kick taken by Kyle McFadzean.

79:32 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Smith is brought on as a substitute for Martin Rowlands.

79:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean by Anthony Griffith.

75:23

Effort on goal by Martin Rowlands from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

74:34

Foul by Kevin Lisbie on Kyle McFadzean, free kick awarded. Paul Jones takes the direct free kick.

73:50

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Lisbie. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

72:51

Anthony Griffith fouled by Josh Simpson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Cox.

72:26 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Lisbie comes on in place of Moses Odubajo.

71:22

Assist on the goal came from Mike Jones.

71:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Nick Ajose - Crawley 1 - 0 Leyton O Nick Ajose finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crawley Town 1-0 Leyton Orient.

69:47

Hope Akpan fouled by Martin Rowlands, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kyle McFadzean.

68:46 Substitution

Substitution Mike Jones replaces Billy Clarke.

67:45

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams from the left by-line, Hope Akpan takes a shot.

64:22 Substitution

Substitution Lee Cook leaves the field to be replaced by David Mooney.

62:59

Effort from the edge of the box by Nick Ajose goes wide of the right-hand upright.

58:51

Gary Alexander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Chorley. Ryan Allsop takes the free kick.

57:48

Shot by Michael Symes from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

56:53

Shaun Cooper takes the free kick.

56:53 Booking

Booking The referee shows Anthony Griffith a yellow card.

56:46

Unfair challenge on Josh Simpson by Anthony Griffith results in a free kick.

54:18

Gary Alexander is caught offside. Ryan Allsop restarts play with the free kick.

53:52

Michael Symes is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Hunt.

52:35

Shaun Cooper challenges Michael Symes unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Dean Cox from left wing.

51:14 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Cooper on for Claude Davis.

48:45

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Rowlands. Nick Ajose takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Clarke.

47:47

Anthony Griffith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Adams. Direct free kick taken by David Hunt.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:38

The referee blows for offside against Gary Alexander. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Allsop.

45:00 +0:01

Kyle McFadzean takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

44:42

Corner taken by Nicky Adams from the left by-line to the near post, Nathan Clarke manages to make a clearance.

44:24

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Allsop.

43:12

Mat Sadler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Symes. Free kick taken by Leon McSweeney.

39:03

The referee blows for offside. Kyle McFadzean restarts play with the free kick.

37:45

The ball is sent over by Nicky Adams, Header by Hope Akpan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

37:12

Gary Alexander takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Allsop.

35:30

The offside flag is raised against Gary Alexander. Free kick taken by Ryan Allsop.

33:56

The referee gives a free kick against Anthony Griffith for handball. Kyle McFadzean takes the free kick.

32:43

Unfair challenge on Leon McSweeney by Gary Alexander results in a free kick. Ryan Allsop restarts play with the free kick.

29:51

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Lee Cook from the right by-line, save by Paul Jones.

29:11

Free kick taken by Lee Cook.

29:11 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Hope Akpan for unsporting behaviour.

28:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hope Akpan on Dean Cox.

28:31

Moses Odubajo takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Simpson.

28:15

Michael Symes takes a shot. Mat Sadler gets a block in.

27:39

Leon McSweeney fouled by Nick Ajose, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Cook.

27:15

Gary Alexander takes a shot. Nathan Clarke gets a block in.

26:40

Michael Symes has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.

26:07

Moses Odubajo produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

25:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Symes on Kyle McFadzean. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

24:43

Leon McSweeney fouled by Kyle McFadzean, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Allsop takes the direct free kick.

24:00

Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams from the left by-line, Anthony Griffith makes a clearance.

23:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Moses Odubajo on Mat Sadler. Nicky Adams delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Gary Sawyer.

21:59

Dean Cox takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

16:15

Corner taken by Lee Cook from the right by-line to the near post, Mat Sadler manages to make a clearance.

14:22

Michael Symes fouled by Kyle McFadzean, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Cook crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

10:33

Nathan Clarke challenges Billy Clarke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Billy Clarke from the free kick.

8:59

Nicky Adams has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the target.

8:13

Billy Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Rowlands. Free kick taken by Dean Cox.

3:41

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nicky Adams, Moses Odubajo manages to make a clearance.

3:23

Josh Simpson takes a shot. Save by Ryan Allsop.

2:45

Nicky Adams takes the inswinging corner, Moses Odubajo makes a clearance.

1:47 Booking

Booking Martin Rowlands receives a yellow card.

0:57

Martin Rowlands takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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