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Leyton Stadium (ATT 6,496) 17th November 2007 - Kick off 12:30 Ref: T Bates

Leyton Or Leyton Orient vs Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton

Orient miss out on top spot

Brighton twice come from behind to frustrate hosts

By Peter Fraser.   Last Updated: 17/11/07 2:36pm

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Cox: Brighton hero

Cox: Brighton hero

Leyton Orient missed the chance to return to the top of the League One table as they were held to a 2-2 draw with Brighton in Saturday's early kick-off at the Matchroom Stadium.

With Carlisle and Nottingham Forest not in action, Orient had the opportunity to regain top spot but Brighton twice came from behind to frustrate their hosts.

Orient striker Wayne Gray opened the scoring when he volleyed past Brighton shot-stopper Michel Kuipers on 27 minutes after a good build up involving Sean Thornton and Adam Boyd.

On the stroke of half-time Brighton thought they had an equaliser when their captain Dean Hammond headed in, but he was harshly adjudged to have fouled Alton Thelwell in the build up.

After the interval, though, the visitors were to restore parity when Nicky Forster netted on 68 minutes after Orient goalkeeper Stuart Nelson had allowed the Brighton forward's long range effort to sneak in.

But, two minutes later Jason Demetriou deftly curled in to put Orient back in front and restore hopes of a place at the pinnacle of the table.

However, with 15 minutes remaining Orient - who move up to second - again failed to defend their lead when Dean Cox took advantage of confusion in the home side's 18-yard area to nod in.

Gray had the chance to steal the points in added time, but Kuipers saved the striker's close-range effort well with his feet.

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Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
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

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