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Deepdale (ATT 11,436) 21st January 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Woolmer

Preston Preston North End vs Leyton Orient Leyton Or

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Leyton Or 2

M Laird (67)
J Smith (80)

Orient rain on Westley's parade

Last Updated: 21/01/12 7:30pm

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Smith: Netted for Orient

Smith: Netted for Orient

Marc Laird and Jimmy Smith's second-half strikes earned Leyton Orient a 2-0 win over Preston North End at Deepdale.

Laird curled in an inch-perfect opener in the 67th minute before former Chelsea midfielder Smith pounced on a loose ball late on to round off a dominant O's display and rain on the parade of Preston boss Graham Westley in his first game in charge.

Westley made five changes to his first Preston side but it was Orient who dominated the first half - David Mooney having an effort ruled out for offside early on.

Dean Cox then should have done better after Kevin Lisbie's strong run and pull-back before the Orient winger stung the palms of Thorsten Stuckmann seconds before the interval.

The visitors got the goal their performance deserved 20 minutes after the restart when Laird, after being released by Leon McSweeney, curled in his first goal in Orient colours.

The game was put beyond doubt 10 minutes from time when, after the home defence failed to deal with a high ball into the box, Smith popped up to fire home the second.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 22 45
2 Milton Keynes Dons 21 44
3 Swindon Town 22 44
4 Preston North End 22 44
5 Bradford City 22 33
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Rochdale 22 31
8 Notts County 21 31
9 Chesterfield 22 31
10 Peterborough United 22 30
11 Oldham Athletic 22 30
12 Port Vale 22 29
13 Doncaster Rovers 21 29
14 Fleetwood Town 22 27
15 Walsall 22 27
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Scunthorpe United 21 26
18 Gillingham 22 25
19 Coventry City 22 25
20 Leyton Orient 22 22
21 Crawley Town 22 22
22 Crewe Alexandra 22 22
23 Colchester United 22 20
24 Yeovil Town 22 20