Dobbie strikes late as Orient denied win at Fleetwood Town
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League One: Fleetwood Town 1 Leyton Orient 1
Fleetwood Town’s Stephen Dobbie came off the benchlate on to deny the O’s victory at the Highbury Stadium.
Darius Henderson had put the visitors in front 11 minutes before half time having gone close earlier in the opening period.
But the Cod Army continued to plug away in the second half and Dobbie struck seven minutes from time when Orient failed to clear their lines.
O’s boss Russell Slade made wholesale changes from the side which caused a League Cup upset at Aston Villa on Wednesday night, but they started the match sluggishly as the unbeaten hosts forced Adam Legzdins into a fine save to deny Stephen Crainey.
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The O’s custodian was the busier of the two goalkeepers early on as he made a point-blank range save from David Ball, before Jamie Proctor was denied when following up.
The visitors weathered the storm and a dipping volley from skipper Nathan Clarke was just over the bar after McAnuff’s cross had only been half cleared by the Cod Army.
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Steven Schumacher fired a free-kick just wide, but the O’s struck the bar when home goalkeeper Chris Maxwell missed McAnuff’s corner and Mathieu Baudry’s header hit the upright.
Henderson headed straight at Maxwell on two occasions in a matter of minutes, but it was a case of third time lucky for the striker to put the visitors in front.
And not for the first time it was McAnuff with the delivery and the former Nottingham Forest striker was ready to thump a header underneath Maxwell and into the net.
That was how it remained at the break, but the hosts would once again start brightly.
Baudry blocked a Schumacher drive following Antoni Sarcevic’s burst into the box.
And Graham Alexander’s side thought they had levelled when Proctor capitalised on Legzdins’ weak parry to tap home, only for it to be ruled out for offside.
The crossbar was getting some treatment and the O’s hit it once again as Cox’s ball in found Mooney and his header struck the bar after Maxwell had got the slightest of touches to tip it onto the upright at the midway point of the half.
Legzdins smartly pushed Josh Morris’ effort over the bar as the hosts upped the ante and they duly levelled when substitute Stephen Dobbie latched on to a loose ball after the O’s failed to clear their lines seven minutes from time.
But there was still life in Russell Slade’s side and Mooney was played in by Cox however he fired his effort off target.
Four minutes of stoppage time were awarded and the Cod Army went closest to snatching all three points when substitute Matty Blair fed Gareth Evans, but Legzdins was on hand to deny the striker.
That was how it remained though and the O’s picked up another point on their travels.
Fleetwood Town: Maxwell, McLoughlin, Pond, Evans, Schumacher, Morris, Sarcevic (Blair 82), Proctor, Ball (Dobbie 71), Jordan, Crainey.
Unused substitutes: Davies, Murdoch, Roberts, Hogan, Campbell.
Leyton Orient: Legzdins, Omozusi (Lowry 87), Clarke, Baudry, Cuthbert, Cox, McAnuff (Pritchard 73), James, Vincelot, Mooney, Henderson (Simpson 84)
Unused substitutes: Lee, Bartley, Dagnall, Woods.