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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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1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40