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

Scunthrpe Scunthorpe United vs Leyton Orient Leyton Or

Scunthrpe 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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Milton Keynes Dons 27 55
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Swindon Town 27 54
4 Preston North End 27 47
5 Chesterfield 27 39
6 Sheffield United 25 39
7 Rochdale 26 38
8 Bradford City 26 37
9 Fleetwood Town 27 37
10 Oldham Athletic 26 37
11 Peterborough United 27 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 26 36
13 Notts County 27 35
14 Port Vale 28 35
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Scunthorpe United 25 33
17 Barnsley 26 32
18 Gillingham 27 31
19 Coventry City 28 31
20 Crewe Alexandra 27 29
21 Colchester United 27 28
22 Crawley Town 28 27
23 Leyton Orient 27 26
24 Yeovil Town 28 25