Ross Embleton made one change to his starting XI: bringing in Captain Jobi McAnuff, in place of young Hector Kyprianou. The Boss was also boosted by the return of Ruel Sotiriou, who made the bench after recovering from injury.
Orient had the first real chance of the game just a minute in. Dennis carried the ball forward before playing it to Brophy, who drilled the ball to Wilkinson, but the latter couldn’t control the ball and it bobbled out, off his shin.
The game got off to a frantic start and it wasn’t long before Vale threatened. Conlon turned well in the area to create space for the shot, but his strike nestled the side-netting.
Soon after, Port Vale took the lead in unusual circumstances. Legge’s header looked to have been cleared off the line by Conor Wilkinson but the linesman flagged and signalled the ball had crossed the line.
That goal didn’t panic Orient though, who quickly dragged themselves level. Vale cleared an O’s corner to Louis Dennis, who dinked the ball perfectly to Danny Johnson, who guided the ball into the top corner with his head.
Both teams played at a relentless pace in the first-half, making for a really entertaining affair. The high tempo may well have played its part in David Amoo pulling up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, after 25-minutes. The player was forced off in place of Cristian Montano.
Orient completed a first-half turn around when Conor Wilkinson fired into the roof of the net shortly after the half-hour mark. Vale will be disappointed with the defending for the goal, having failed to clear after blocking shots from both Louis Dennis and Danny Johnson.
Leyton Orient’s star-striker came close to bolstering his teams lead before the break; the forward swivelled and shot with his favoured left-foot but couldn’t hit the target from 10-yards.
The home team started the second-half at full throttle and forced Ross Embleton’s team to defend their box. The Valliant’s enjoyed a spell of persistent pressure; crossing the ball into the box as they desperately searched for an equaliser.
Cypriot Ruel Sotiriou made his return to action, after a spell out with injury, replacing Conor Wilkinson on the hour. Fellow countryman, Hector Kyprianou, soon followed as Ross Embleton bolstered up his midfield to protect the Orient defence.
John Askey’s team continued to push for their second goal of the afternoon but just couldn’t force a real opening on goal. Orient’s backline relished the chance to flaunt their defensive capabilities and were assured in the way they protected their box
It was a moment of brilliance that dragged Port Vale level – substitute Cristian Montano fired into the top corner from around 25-yards, leaving Vigouroux with no chance. The home team had certainly worked for their equaliser and it seemed they would be the team to score the next goal, if there was to be one.
But three minutes from time, James Brophy latched onto Josh Coulson’s cross and applied the finish to snatch a super away win for Leyton Orient!
That makes it three consecutive league victories in a row and sees the O’s climb into the play-off places!
VALE: Brown, Joyce (Cullen 75’), Legge, Smith, Worrall, Oyeleke, Conlon, Clark, Amoo (Montano 25’), Rodney, Fitzpatrick (Pope 75’)
SUBS: Mills, Brisley, Burgess, Visser
GOALS: Legge 8’ Montano 77’
ORIENT: Vigouroux, Ling, Widdowson, Cisse (Wright 84’), Happe, Coulson, McAnuff, Wilkinson (Sotiriou 63’), Brophy, Dennis (Kyprianou 67’), Johnson
SUBS: Sargeant, Maguire-Drew, Dayton, Akinola
GOALS: Johnson 11’ Wilkinson 31’ Brophy 87’
BOOKED: Happe 45’