FULL-TIME Orient 0 Southampton 2 - Orient go down fighting

Smith has two efforts ruled out for offside as Saints squeeze in

FULL-TIME: Orient 0 Southampton 2

Orient boss Russell Slade felt his side deserved more following a battling performance against promotion-chasiong Southampton.

The O’s had two goals disallowed in the first half for tight offside decisions and dominated the second half, with skipper Stephen Dawson hitting the woodwork.

But goals from Rickie Lambert and Lee Barnard settled the game in front of almost 8.000 fans.


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“It was one of those rare occasions where the best team lost. The players couldn’t have given me any more,” said Slade.

HERE’S HOW THE ACTION UNFOLDED:

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2 mins - Rickie Lambert fires a 25-yard free-kick inches wide of the post

5 mins - Orient respond and after some good build up play Andrew Whing finds Jimmy Smith, who tucks the ball past Kelvin Davis, but for the second week running his celebrations are cut short by a linesman’s flag.

6 mins - In a frenetic start Adam Chambers shots just wide. 0

20 mins - Jimmy Smith goes into the book for a foul on Ryan Dickson.

22 mins - Jamie Jones makes a great save from Jose Fonte’s close-ranger header following a Rickie Lambert free-kick.

26 mins - Southampton take the lead when Ryan Dickson manages to get past Andrew Whing and send in a left-wing cross and Rickie Lambert gets between Elliot Omozusi and Adam Barrett to head home. 1-0 to Southampton.

37 mins - Rickie Lambert could have had another but prods a left-wing cross from Dan Harding over the bar.

42 mins - Jimmy Smith gets the ball in the net again following a goalmouth scramble, but once again the celebrations are cut short by an offside flag

HALF-TIME: Orient 0 Southampton 1 - It’s been a hectic first half, real 100 mile an hour stuff. Saints probably have had the edge in terms of possession and while the eve-dangerous Rickie Lambert headed them infront, Jimmy Smith has had two efforts ruled out for offside.

57 mins - Orient make the first change, with Harry Kane replacing Jonathan Tehoue, who has failed to make an impact. But O’s have started the half well.

59 mins - O’s make another change as Jimmy Smith limps off to be replaced by Jason Crowe. O’s are having the better of it now,

61 mins - Scott McGleish goes close with an acrobatic effort following a header from Adam Barret, by Kelvin Davis snakes out an arm and tips the ball over the bar.

65 mins - Southampton make their first change with Oscar Gobern replacing Guly.

67 mins - Scott McGleish has a great chance to level, but heads Harry Kane’s left-wing cross over the bar.

71 mins - Scott McGleish heads wide again after Jason Crowe crosses from the left. O’s are pressing hard for the leveller.

72 mins - Southampton’s Dan Harding limps off and is replaced by Daniel Seaborne.

77 mins - The attendance is announced 7,714 is the biggest for a league game at Brisbane Road this season.

78 mins Paul-Jose M’Poku replaces Adam Chambers and Dean Cox switches to the right.

79 mins - O’s go so close to a leveller as Charlie Daniels lets fly from 30 yards and it flashes past a post.

88 mins - O’s pay the price going for a leveller as they are caught on the break and Rickie Lambert crosses for Lee Barnard to score - there could have been an element of offside in the build up.

89 mins - Dean Cox goes close with a shot as Orient keep pressing

90 mins - Southampton keeper Kelvin Davis pushes a Stephen Dawson drive against the post and then gathers the rebound.

Full-time: Orient 0 Southampton 2 - O’s gave it a go and dominated the second half and deserved at least a point, but Southampton took their chances to move into second place.

Orient: Jones, Whing, Omozusi, Barrett, Daniels; Smith (Crowe 59 mins), Dawson, Chambers, Cox; McGleish, Tehoue (Kane 57 mins). Subs: Butcher, Forbes, Jarvis, Carroll, M’Poku,

Southampton: Davis, Harding (Seaborne 72 mins), Dickson, Fonte, Lambert, Barnard, Guly (Gobern 65 mins), Butterfield (Martin 80 mins), Hammond, Jaidi, Chaplow. Subs: Bialkowski, Fort, Lallana, Connolly,

Referee: Mark Clattenburg.

Attendance: 7,714 (inc 3,209 Southampton fans)

TEAM NEWS:

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade makes just one change to the side that beat Plymouth Argyle 2-0 on Tuesday night, as Jonathan Tehoue comes in the injured Alex Revell, for While Southampton boss Nigel Adkins makes three changes to the side that beat Charlton Athletic in midweek.

Both sides are desperate for a win, as Orient go into the game just three points off the play-off places, while Southampton are currently third in the table, but are just two points off an automatic promotion slot and have two games in hand over Huddersfield.

The Saints are in good form at the moment and are unbeaten in their last seven matches, winning six of them.

While this afternoon’s referee is Mark Clattenberg.

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