Away day blues continue for Leyton Orient as MK Dons triumph
League One: MK Dons 4 Leyton Orient 1
Orient’s defensive frailties were underlined as MK Dons netted twice in each half to condemn the visitors to a disappointing defeat.
Russell Slade’s side have now leaked 10 goals in their last three away games and rarely looked like getting anything from promotion-chasing Dons.
The home side took a third minute lead through Charlie MacDonald and although Kevin Lisbie levelled things up, Shaun Williams headed the home side back in front.
Former O’s striker Jabo Ibehre and Daniel Powell then wrapped things up with goals in the last 10 minutes.
Slade named the same starting 11 that beat Brentford on Saturday, but there were two changes on the bench as fit-again Calvin Andrew came back in along with Solomon Taiwo, available after suspension.
But the side that played so well on Saturday could not have scripted a worse possible start as the game was less than three minutes old when the home side took the lead.
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MK Dons worked their way down the right and when a cross came in MacDonald scrambled it home from close range.
With both sides looking unsure at the back O’s levelled on 12 minutes when Jamal Campbell-Ryce knocked in a corner from the right and it beat David Martin in the home goal and Lisbie bundled it home, although it looked as if it had crossed the line before the striker got a touch.
However, it took the ever-dangerous MK Dons just 10 minutes to regain their advantage when Jay O’Shea crossed from the left and with keeper Paul Rachubka rooted to his line, Shaun Williams headed home from close range.
MK Dons had their tails up and O’s rode their luck during the next few minutes as the home side threatened to run riot with several chances.
The nearest they came to a goal was when O’Shea fired in a shot, but Rachubka touched it onto a post.
O’s, who were being overrun in midfield, managed to weather the storm and almost grabbed an unlikely leveller on 36 minutes when Lisbie crossed from the right, but skipper Matt Spring’s header from eight yards flew straight at Martin in the home goal.
The O’s looked dangerous from set plays and Adam Reed went close to a leveller from another Campbell-Ryce corner three minutes before the break.
After the interval the game lost its way and both sides picked up a booking as Williams was cautioned for a foul on Reed after 56 minutes.
Two minutes later Reed took retribution and was also cautioned.
Slade made the first change on the hour when David Mooney replaced Jimmy Smith, but it did little to spark the O’s and after Scott Cuthbert blocked a shot from Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Rachubka made a smart stop from Daniel Powell.
The home side finally put the game to bed 10 minutes from time when former O’s striker Ibehre had the simple task of planting the ball into an empty net after Rachubka could only block Powell’s cross.
With O’s threatening to fall apart Powell fired home a fourth from 16 yards as to seal the points and make it another miserable night for Orient
MK Dons: Martin, Lewington. Kouo-Doumbe, Potter, MacDonald, Chicksen, Williams, Flanagan, Powell (Slane 85 mins), O’Shea (Ibehre 68 mins), Chadwick (Bowditch 69 mins). Subs: McLoughlin, Hall.
Orient: Rachubka 5, Forbes 6, Chorley 6, Cuthbert 6, McSweeney 5, Jimmy Smith 5 (Mooney 60 mins), Reed 6, Spring 5, Cox 5, Campbell-Ryce 6 (Laird 70 mins), *Lisbie 7 (Andrew 82 mins). Subs: Youssef, Taiwo,
Referee: Danny McDermid
Attendance: 6,842 (inc 436 Orient fans)