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Glanford Park (ATT 3,052) 29th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Webb

Scunthorpe Scunthorpe United vs Leyton Orient Leyton Or

Scunthorpe 2

A Sodje (3)
N Canavan (42)

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Leyton Or 1

K Lisbie (45+4)

Scunthorpe show their mettle

Last Updated: 29/03/13 6:16pm

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Akpo Sodje: Opened the scoring

Akpo Sodje: Opened the scoring

Scunthorpe clawed their way out of the bottom four with a hard-earned 2-1 victory against Leyton Orient.

It halted a run of four successive defeats for the home side as the in-form Londoners found themselves beaten for the first time in eight games.

Scunthorpe got off to a flying start when striker Akpo Sodje fired them into a fourth-minute lead with his sixth goal in 12 games since joining the club from Preston.

He squeezed a shot low into the far corner after being played free into the box by Mark Duffy.

Orient came roaring back with a spell of good pressure and could have been back on level terms when striker Kevin Lisbie broke free into the box, only to be denied by the legs of keeper Eirik Holmen Johansen.

It was against the run of play when Scunthorpe went 2-0 in front in the 42nd minute when centre back Niall Canavan headed home a right-wing cross from Duffy for his sixth goal of the campaign.

But deep into first-half stoppage time, Orient got themselves back into the game when Lisbie headed home a right-wing corner from Dean Cox.

The Londoners pressed strongly throughout much of the second half, looking to revive their hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs.

Scunthorpe were forced to defend doggedly but were also indebted to young keeper Holmen Johansen, on loan from Manchester City.

He pulled off a couple of early second-half saves, each time to deny winger Dean Cox. And in stoppage time he rescued Scunthorpe again with vital stops from Orient substitutes Jimmy Smith and Charlie MacDonald.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
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1 Bristol City 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30