FULL TIME: Orient 2 Peterborough 1 - Slade: The push for the play-offs is still on
Super sub Jarvis strikes in fifth minute of stoppage time to seal Orient’s win
Full-time Orient 2 Peterborough 1
Orient kept their play-off push alive with a goal deep into stoppage time.
Ryan Jarvis the forgotten man at Brisbane Road this season came off the bench and headed home a cross from Jason Crowe in the fifth minute of stoppage time to sink promotion-chasing Peterborough.
Orient had taken the lead when former O’s defender Gabby Zakuani put through his own net on 68 minutes. But Peterborough, who edged the game, levelled through substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
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But in a drama drenched finish Jarvis emerged from the shadows to head the winner.
A delighted Orient boss Russell Slade said after the game: “The win keeps our season alive. The push for the play-offs is still on. We will keep fighting.”
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HERE’S HOW THE ACTION UNFOLDED:
7 mins - Peterborough defender Charlie Lee heads in a corner, but the effort is ruled out by referee Iain Williamson for a push on Orient defender Adam Barrett.
18 mins - It’s all Peterborough at the moment and Adam Barrett, making his 500th league appearance, is booked for a foul on George Boyd.
20 mins - Craig Mackail-Smith goes into the book for a foul on Orient keeper Jamie Jones, although the O’s keeper looked as if he may have caught he Posh striker.
25 mins - O’s are starting to get a foothold in the game and Charlie Daniels bursts down the left and crosses, but it’s too high for Scott McGleish at the far post.
30 mins - O’s forced into a change as Scott McGleish limps off and is replaced by Jonathan Tehoue. McGleish seems to have come off worse following an early tangle with Peterborough keeper Joe Lewis
38 mins - Matt Spring is booked for a foul and Peterborough’s Lee Tomlin is also cautioned for his part in the fracas that followed.
40 mins - Jamie Jones tips Grant McCann’s free-kick over the bar.
41 mins - Harry Kane becomes the third Orient player to go into the book.
42 mins - Orient are hanging on and Jamie Jones makes a good diving save from a Lee Tomlin free-kick.
Half-time: Orient 0 Peterborough 0 - Peterborough have had lots of possession in the first 45 minutes without creating too many chances. But the home side have looked dangerous on the break.
49 mins - Peterborough start on the attack, but O’s launch a break as Jamie Jones finds Charlie Daniels, but Jonathan Tehoue just fails to touch home his left-wing cross.
54 mins - Harry Kane is charged over in the box by former Orient old boy Gabby Zakuani, but referee Iain Williamson waves away Orient’s penalty claims. It looked a spot kick!
56 mins - Peterborough on the attack again and Craig Mackail-Smith gets the better of Adam Barrett and blasts an effort inches wide.
60 mins - Peterborough make their first change with Lee Frecklington replacing James Wesolowski.
62 mins - Jamie Jones makes another good save, this time from Michael Ball’s 25-yard drive.
68 mins - O’s take the lead against the run of play. Dean Cox sends a slide-rule pass through to Orient skipper Stephen Dawson and his wicked cross is sliced into his own goal by former O’s player Gabby Zakuani. Orient 1 Peterborough 0.
73 mins - Jamie Jones makes an instinctive save from George Boyd as his shot from four yards cannons off the keeper.
74 mins - Peterborough level. Grant McCann’s corner is headed home by substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.7
76 mins - Peterborough made their third change as Charlie Lee is replaced by Chris Whelpdale.
78 mins - Orient make a change as Ryan Jarvis comes on for Harry Kane.
85 mins - George Boyd misses a golden chance as he rolls a shot from eight yards wide of the post.
87 mins - It’s almost a fairytale return for Ryan Jarvis as he fires a first-time effort against the post from a really tight angle.
91 mins - Jason Crowe comes on at left back for Charlie Daniels.
94 mins - O’s win the game in stoppage time as Jarvis makes a fairytale return and meets Crowe’s cross in style and sends it exploding into the top corner.
Leyton Orient: Jones, Omozusi, Forbes, Barrett, Daniels (Crowe 91 mins), Spring, Dawson, Chambers, Cox, McGleish (Tehoue 30 mins), Kane (Jarvis 78 mins) Subs: Butcher, Whing, Crowe, Carroll, Odubajo.
Peterborough United: Lewis, Little, Zakuani, Lee (Whelpdale 76 mins), Wesolowski (Frecklington 60 mins), Ball (Mendez-Laing 71 mins), Boyd, McCann, Mackail-Smith, Bennett, Tomlin. Subs: Jones, Langmead, Whelpdale, Davies, Newell.
Referee: Iain Williamson
Attendance: 5,476 (inc 1264 Peterborough fans)
TEAM NEWS: Orient boss Russell Slade makes one change to the side beaten at Exeter City last weekend as central defender Terrell Forbes returns to the side.
He partners Adam Barrett at the heart of the defence, with Elliot Omozusi switching to full-back.
It’s a game O’s need to win to keep their outside chance of a top-six place alive.
Peterborough are also looking to keep their hopes of an automatic promotion place alive and make just one change to the side that beat Plymouth Argyle last weekend, as Lee Tomlin comes in for the injured Tommy Rowe, who has a groin problem.
Two Posh players, defender Gabriel Zakuani and substitute goalkeeper Paul Jones, both started their careers at Brisbane Road.