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Bescot Stadium (ATT 3,281) 2nd October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Bond

Walsall Walsall vs Leyton Orient Leyton Or

Walsall 1

W Grigg (pen 58)

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Leyton Or 2

L Cook (11)
D Cox (29)

Battling Orient sink Saddlers

Last Updated: 02/10/12 10:51pm

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Cox: Long-range stunner

Cox: Long-range stunner

Leyton Orient put the brakes on Walsall's climb into the play-off zone with a hard-earned 2-1 win at the Banks's Stadium on Tuesday.

They had to withstand terrific second-half pressure from the Saddlers but hung on for their second away victory in League One.

Orient scored two cracking goals in the first half, starting in the 11th minute when tricky winger Lee Cook latched onto Kevin Lisbie's header and smashed a tremendous left-foot drive over home keeper Karl Darlow.

The Saddlers could make little headway going forward against the visitors' solid defence, and the Londoners rocked them with another spectacular effort after 29 minutes.

With Lisbie lying injured in the centre circle, Dean Cox decided to hammer the ball from near the halfway line and his effort screamed over Darlow, who was off his line and not expecting the strike.

Walsall got back into the game in the 58th minute when Gary Sawyer brought down Ben Purkiss and Will Grigg scored his first of the season from the penalty spot, but although home skipper Andy Butler hit a post late on, Orient held on.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16