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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 32 67
2 Milton Keynes Dons 32 62
3 Swindon Town 32 60
4 Preston North End 31 59
5 Sheffield United 31 52
6 Bradford City 31 45
7 Doncaster Rovers 32 45
8 Fleetwood Town 32 44
9 Oldham Athletic 31 43
10 Chesterfield 32 42
11 Gillingham 32 42
12 Port Vale 32 42
13 Rochdale 30 41
14 Walsall 32 41
15 Peterborough United 32 41
16 Barnsley 32 41
17 Scunthorpe United 31 40
18 Notts County 31 38
19 Crewe Alexandra 32 38
20 Colchester United 32 34
21 Coventry City 31 33
22 Crawley Town 32 33
23 Leyton Orient 31 32
24 Yeovil Town 32 29

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