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Posted Fri 07 Nov 14 at 15:21 PM

Josh Wright’s first ever goal for the club saw the O’s pick up a vital win to move them out of the relegation places with a 1-0 win at Coventry City. 

There was little to separate the sides for the majority of the match, and though the O’s had to weather some pressure in both halves, they held out and Wright’s strike 12 minutes from time sealed a vital three points. 

Fabio Liverani made four changes to the starting line-up which won 3-1 against Port Vale, including a late swap for Dean Cox who injured his groin in the warm-up. 

Nathan Clarke came back in to skipper the side, while Shane Lowry returned from injury and Darius Henderson was also back in from the start. 

Coventry started brightly as well with skipper Jim O’Brien firing just over after three minutes, though there was an early change for the hosts as dangerman Dominic Samuel was forced off through injury. 

Grant Ward curled a free-kick just wide for the hosts, before Shane Lowry headed straight at Sky Blues goalkeeper Lee Burge from a Josh Wright corner. 

Another Wright delivery found Mathieu Baudry in the box after 28 minutes, but his header was deflected behind for another corner. 

Orient had worked their way into the game well, but the hosts went agonisingly close just short of half time as Jim O’Brien flicked Nouble’s cross just wide. 

Just as the game entered first half stoppage time the visitors went closest of all as Chris Dagnall’s header was well parried by Burge. 

No changes were made by either side at the break, and the hosts again started strongly with Jim O’Brien seeing a shot deflected behind for a corner, and then a quickly-taken set piece found Ward and his curling cross struck the post. 

Coventry were enjoying the lion share of possession and chances in the early stages of the half as Cisak came out and punched a cross straight into the path of George Thomas, only for Baudry to get back on the line and keep the scoreslevel. 

The chances continued to come the way of the hosts and Ward saw another fierce shot tipped over by Cisak. 

Ward’s delivery was causing the O’s a lot of problems and his inswinging corner was punched clear by Cisak, before another teasing delivery was just missed at the back post. 

Opportunities were very sparse as the half wore on and Orient changed to a 4-5-1 with the introduction of Lloyd James off the bench for McAnuff, with Dagnall moving out to wide on the left. 

Orient had weathered the early second half storm, and much like the first period, the visitors got into the half as it went on. 

And with just 12 minutes remaining Chris Dagnall run into the box and offloaded for Josh Wright to supply a finish past Burge at the near post for his first ever goal for Orient. 

Elliot Omozusi was brought on to add extra defensive cover for the remainder of the game and they managed to see out four minutes of stoppage time to move out of the relegation zone for the first time since the end of January. 

COVENTRY: Burge, Willis, Fleck, Ward, O’Brien (Haynes 81’), Samuel (G Thomas 10), Odelusi (Turgott 81’),  Nouble, Martin, Pennington, Stokes. 

SUBS: Charles-Cook, C Thomas, Barton, Phillips. 


BOOKINGS: Nouble 34’ 

ORIENT: Cisak, Cuthbert, Baudry, Clarke, Lowry, McAnuff (James 68’), Wright, Bartley, Taylor (Hedges 59’), Henderson, Dagnall (Omozusi 85’) 

SUBS: Woods , Simpson, Plasmati. 

GOALS: Wright 78’ 


ATTENDANCE: 8010 (596 Leyton Orient fans)

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