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Port Vale 0-2 Leyton Orient

Dean Cox

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:

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Post-match: Port Vale manager Micky Adams

"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:

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Post-match: Orient manager Slade

"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."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 5Dickinson
  • 21GriffithSubstituted forLinesat 61'minutes
  • 4Robertson
  • 24DuffyBooked at 65mins
  • 26BirchallSubstituted forKnottat 61'minutes
  • 7Loft
  • 19Williamson
  • 11PopeBooked at 78mins
  • 9Myrie-WilliamsSubstituted forHugillat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 8Dodds
  • 12Johnson
  • 18Lines
  • 20Grimmer
  • 28Knott
  • 39Hugill

Leyton Orient

  • 30Jakupovic
  • 2Omozusi
  • 3Sawyer
  • 8James
  • 15Clarke
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 7Cox
  • 4VincelotSubstituted forBartleyat 20'minutes
  • 23DagnallBooked at 35minsSubstituted forSimpsonat 87'minutes
  • 10MooneySubstituted forBattat 73'minutes
  • 11Odubajo

Substitutes

  • 9Lisbie
  • 12Larkins
  • 14Batt
  • 19Lasimant
  • 21Bartley
  • 25Simpson
  • 29Ness
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
4,235

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 0, Leyton Orient 2.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Lloyd James (Leyton Orient).

Foul by Billy Knott (Port Vale).

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

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Adam Yates.

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

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

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Eldin Jakupovic.

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

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Elliot Omozusi.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Robbie Simpson replaces Chris Dagnall.

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

Substitution

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

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

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

Foul by Billy Knott (Port Vale).

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

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

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

Foul by Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Eldin Jakupovic.

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

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

Foul by Marvyn Bartley (Leyton Orient).

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Shaun Batt replaces David Mooney.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

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

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

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

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

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

Booking

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves34237464214376
2Leyton Orient36228670333774
3Brentford34227558312773
4Preston361814452361668
5Rotherham351811666432365
6Peterborough35174145648855
7MK Dons36157145348552
8Walsall361212124039148
9Swindon36138155351247
10Port Vale35144174655-946
11Bradford351014114743444
12Sheff Utd33128133638-244
13Gillingham36135184859-1144
14Coventry35149126463141
15Bristol City36914135459-541
16Crawley3191393539-440
17Colchester34912133944-539
18Oldham36108184053-1338
19Carlisle34107173856-1837
20Stevenage35106193755-1836
21Tranmere3599174162-2136
22Crewe3699184168-2736
23Shrewsbury35712163447-1333
24Notts County3694234364-2131
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