Match Report : 11/04/2015

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Orient and Crewe were forced to share the spoils at Gresty Road despite a dominant second half showing from the O’s where they failed to turn their dominance into a winner.

Lauri Dalle-Valle had put the hosts in front early on, before Darius Henderson levelled matters on the half hour.

Liverani made four changes to the side which drew 3-3 with Gillingham on Easter Monday with Jobi McAnuff, Nathan Clarke, Marvin Bartley and Darius Henderson all starting, while Dean Cox missed out with a groin injury and Charlie Grainger was recalled from his loan at Farnborough after Gary Woods picked up a back injury.

In the early stages Mathieu Baudry managed to block a goalbound shot and that launched an O’s counter attack, which ended with Henderson’s cross being put behind for a corner.

Crewe were the livelier of the two sides early on and Alex Cisak had to get down well to deny Ryan Colclough after the winger jinked his way into the box and got a shot away.

And on nine minutes the hosts went in front when a good ball in from Greg Leigh found Lauri Dalle Valle in the box and he managed to slide the ball home from close range.

The O’s were struggling to gain a foothold in the game and in one of few early chances McAnuff fired wide after receiving a cross from Scott Cuthbert.

Up the other end Inman delivered a dangerous ball in from the left which was almost met by Colclough at the back post.

But on the half hour mark the O’s were level with a great attacking move resulting in the equaliser.

Hedges and Bartley linked up well down the right before the latter delivered a fine ball into the box and Henderson volleyed home at the near post.

Chances were few and far between as the half drew to a close, but Orient finished it on top when Lowry’s fine ball in from the left was fired goalwards first time by McAnuff but the effort was just wide of the target and the sides went in level at the break.

Orient started the half on top and were on the attack in a matter of seconds. They remained on the front foot and Dagnall saw a shot blocked, before Henderson was tripped just outside the box.

And Wright’s set piece was blocked behind for a corner, though Crewe were able to clear the danger.

The visitors remained on top in the early stages of the second period, and Baudry fired straight at Rachubka, before McAnuff saw a close-range effort blocked.

The O’s were in the ascendancy and only a smart save from Rachubka denied Dagnall, before Hedges was then denied on 73 minutes with another solid stop from the former O’s keeper, after Cisak had earlier smartly denied Greg Leigh as he drifted in off the right wing and the Australian keeper put it behind for a corner.

Chances as the half wore on faded and the O’s introduced Gianvito Plasmati and Andrea Dossena off the bench, but Uche Ikpeazu went close on the stroke of stoppage time when he headed goalwards, but Cisak was equal to the effort and both sides had to settle for a point apiece in their battles against relegation.

CREWE: Rachubka, Davis, Turton, Atkinson (Ikpeazu 54’), Inman (Ajose 82’), Dalla Valle, Jones, Leigh, Colclough, Ness (Nolan 46’), Tate.

SUBS: Guthrie, Ray, Haber, Stewart.

BOOKINGS: Tate 54’

GOALS: Dalla Valle 9’

ORIENT: Cisak, Cuthbert, Baudry, Clarke (c), Lowry (Dossena 74’), McAnuff, Bartley, Wright, Hedges (Plasmati 85’), Henderson, Dagnall.

SUBS: Grainger, James, Mooney, O’Neill, Taylor.

BOOKINGS: McAnuff 70’

GOALS: Henderson 30’

ATTENDANCE:  4419 (571 Leyton Orient fans)