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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 4,830) 18th January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Leyton Orient Leyton Or

Crewe 1

B Moore (53)

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Leyton Or 2

C Dagnall (60, 67)

Dagnall strike sends Orient top

Last Updated: 19/01/14 12:59pm

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Chris Dagnall: Scored on debut

Chris Dagnall: Scored on debut

Chris Dagnall's double lifted Leyton Orient back to the summit of League One after they came from behind to beat struggling Crewe 2-1.

Byron Moore handed the Railwaymen a second-half lead but Dagnall, signed from Barnsley just 48 hours before, hit back with two goals inside seven minutes.

Crewe shaded the first half and forced loan keeper Eldin Jakupovic into two smart stops.

The Serbian did well to hold a rasping drive from Brad Inman in the first minute and he clutched onto Ajay Leitch-Smith's snapshot.

Orient were struggling to live up to their lofty billing and Moses Odubajo failed to trouble keeper Ben Garratt when he was teed up by Dean Cox.

And the high-flyers were almost punished when Chuks Aneke brought down a high ball and skipped inside his man only to blaze over with Jakupovic's goal gaping.

Stoke loanee Jamie Ness almost opened Orient's account at the restart but the Scot's fierce drive was diverted off the line by some last-ditch defending.

And the Londoners fell behind after Aneke slipped behind the last man and when his powerful shot was palmed up in the air by Jakupovic, Moore was running in to apply a close-range finish at the far post in the 52nd-minute.

But when Cox slipped Dagnall clear on the left of the box the former Barnsley man found the far corner with a clinical finish on the hour.

And he was in the right place at the right time to volley Kevin Lisbie's lay-off beyond Ben Garratt seven minutes later.

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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