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Vale Park (ATT 4,235) 11th March 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Port Vale Port Vale vs Leyton Orient Leyton Or

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Leyton Or 2

D Cox (41)
N Clarke (58)

Lady luck smiles down on O's

Last Updated: 11/03/14 10:15pm

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Dean Cox: Opened the scoring

Dean Cox: Opened the scoring

Leyton Orient had to ride their luck before battling to a 2-0 win at Port Vale thanks to goals from Dean Cox and Nathan Clarke.

Vale made a strong start and the visitors' survived some shaky moments as Ben Williamson fired wide and striker Tom Pope gave visiting defender Scott Cuthbert plenty to think about.

Orient remained on the back-foot against their fired-up hosts before taking the lead against the run of play four minutes before the interval.

Moses Odubajo slipped the ball into the path of Cox 20 yards out and the midfielder struck a perfectly-placed right-footed shot which clipped the underside of the crossbar on its way in.

It was tough on Vale, who continued to ask questions at the start of the second-half when Doug Loft's header was cleared off the goalline by Lloyd James.

But Orient doubled their advantage in the 58th minute following a rare slip by Vale goalkeeper Chris Neal.

James's right-wing corner was headed goalwards from 12 yards by Clarke and Neal failed to keep the ball out of the left-hand corner of his net.

Vale continued to show terrific spirit and had the ball in the net twice only to be denied by infringements, while substitute Billy Knott rattled the crossbar.

Orient goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was also outstanding throughout the second period as Vale somehow drew a blank.

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14 Gillingham 33 42
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16 Walsall 33 41
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18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
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23 Crawley Town 33 34
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