Leyton Orient boosted their automatic promotion hopes with their first victory at Port Vale in 57 years.

Orient were forced on the defensive for much of a scrappy opening period, with Ben Williamson and Adam Yates both missing good chances

But Dean Cox's superb strike put the visitors ahead before the break.

And after repelling a period of Vale pressure, Nathan Clarke's close-range header sealed the win and ensured the O's stayed second in League One.

Vale piled forward in an increasingly open contest after Clarke's fine header from a Lloyd James corner made it 2-0.

The hosts hit the bar through Billy Knott and twice had goals ruled out.

But the O's also had several decent opportunities, notably through Chris Dagnall who twice went close.

And although they could not add to their lead, they held firm to keep the pressure on leaders Wolves - who won at Swindon - and Brentford, who beat Tranmere Rovers.

Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

"When you lose games of football, which is going to happen, you want to do it showing plenty of enthusiasm and effort, and there was plenty of that tonight.

"I thought we were slightly unfortunate to be going in at half-time 1-0 down.

"I thought we kept going, looked sharp and, right from the kick-off, we really unsettled them and they'll admit they've been in a game tonight."

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9:

"I didn't think we started fantastically well and were a bit sloppy but we grew into the game and scored a wonderful goal to get us in front.

"Vale Park is a big old ground with a lot of tradition and it is a difficult club to come to and get results.

"I've always felt when you come to Port Vale your wide players are so important as it is such a big surface and playing area.

"It is important to keep a momentum going.

"We've created records already this season but we can't stop here. We have to go right to the end as there is so much more to play for."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Yates
  • 05 Dickinson
  • 21 Griffith (Lines - 61' )
  • 04 Robertson
  • 24 Duffy Booked
  • 26 Birchall (Knott - 61' )
  • 07 Loft
  • 19 Williamson
  • 11 Pope Booked
  • 09 Myrie-Williams (Hugill - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Jones
  • 08 Dodds
  • 12 Johnson
  • 18 Lines
  • 20 Grimmer
  • 28 Knott
  • 39 Hugill

Leyton Orient

  • 30 Jakupovic
  • 02 Omozusi
  • 03 Sawyer
  • 08 James
  • 15 Clarke
  • 05 Cuthbert
  • 07 Cox
  • 04 Vincelot (Bartley - 20' )
  • 23 Dagnall Booked (Simpson - 87' )
  • 10 Mooney (Batt - 73' )
  • 11 Odubajo

Substitutes

  • 09 Lisbie
  • 12 Larkins
  • 14 Batt
  • 19 Lasimant
  • 21 Bartley
  • 25 Simpson
  • 29 Ness
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 4,235

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

6 3

Corners

11 5

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Port Vale 0, Leyton Orient 2.

90:00 +5:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Leyton Orient 2.

90:00 +4:57

Adam Yates (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:57

Foul by Lloyd James (Leyton Orient).

90:00 +4:46

Foul by Billy Knott (Port Vale).

90:00 +4:46

Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:29

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Adam Yates.

90:00 +2:58

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +2:43

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:43

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient).

90:00 +1:01

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Eldin Jakupovic.

90:00 +0:46

Attempt saved. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

88:52

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Elliot Omozusi.

86:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Robbie Simpson replaces Chris Dagnall.

85:59

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

83:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Jordan Hugill replaces Jennison Myrie-Williams.

82:52

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

81:02

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

80:43

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

79:57

Attempt missed. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

79:24

Foul by Billy Knott (Port Vale).

79:24

Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:39

Attempt missed. Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

77:14 Booking

Booking Tom Pope (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

77:04

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

77:04

Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:12

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:12

Foul by Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient).

74:46

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Eldin Jakupovic.

74:26

Attempt saved. Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

73:32

Billy Knott (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:32

Foul by Marvyn Bartley (Leyton Orient).

72:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Shaun Batt replaces David Mooney.

71:43

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

71:43

(Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:09

Attempt blocked. Doug Loft (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

70:59

Billy Knott (Port Vale) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

66:05

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

66:05

Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:47 Booking

Booking Richard Duffy (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

64:34

Foul by Richard Duffy (Port Vale).

64:34

Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:23

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

60:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Lines replaces Anthony Griffith.

60:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Billy Knott replaces Chris Birchall.

59:06

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:55

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Eldin Jakupovic.

58:42

Attempt saved. Chris Birchall (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

57:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 0, Leyton Orient 2. Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lloyd James with a cross.

56:33

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

54:54

Attempt missed. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

51:44

Doug Loft (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:44

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

50:53

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Eldin Jakupovic.

50:41

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

50:20

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

49:49

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

45:00

Second Half begins Port Vale 0, Leyton Orient 1.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Port Vale 0, Leyton Orient 1.

45:00 +0:44

Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:44

Foul by Doug Loft (Port Vale).

44:40

Attempt missed. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

40:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 0, Leyton Orient 1. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by David Mooney.

39:36

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

39:00

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

39:00

Elliot Omozusi (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:26

Attempt saved. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

34:43 Booking

Booking Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.

34:38

Doug Loft (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:38

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient).

31:27

Chris Birchall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:27

Foul by Gary Sawyer (Leyton Orient).

28:03

Gary Sawyer (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:03

Foul by Chris Birchall (Port Vale).

27:13

Hand ball by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

25:56

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

25:15

Attempt missed. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

24:07

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

24:07

Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:08

Attempt missed. Chris Birchall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

21:26

Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:26

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient).

20:05

Foul by Marvyn Bartley (Leyton Orient).

20:05

Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Marvyn Bartley replaces Romain Vincelot because of an injury.

17:59

Attempt saved. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

13:00

Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:55

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

12:15

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

11:49

Foul by Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient).

11:49

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:39

Attempt missed. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

9:54

Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:54

Foul by Doug Loft (Port Vale).

8:49

Attempt missed. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

4:51

Attempt missed. Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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