Late Cox strike seals vital win for Leyton Orient at Chesterfield
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League One: Chesterfield 2 Leyton Orient 3
Dean Cox’s goal deep into stoppage time saw Orient pick up a vital 3-2 win over Chesterfield.
O’s fell behind to Jay O’Shea’s penalty before the Irishman levelled things up at the break with a simple tap in.
But they found themselves chasing again when Elliot Omozusi put the ball into his own net.
However, Mooney’s low effort with 20 minutes left saw the O’s level, before Cox netted after home goalkeeper Tommy Lee spilt a cross into the path of the diminutive winger he slotted home.
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The O’s made three changes for the match with Nathan Clarke returning to skipper the side, while Elliot Omozusi and Dean Cox also came in for the injured Scott Cuthbert, Mathieu Baudry and Kevin Lisbie respectively.
The visitors got off to a bright start with David Mooney and Cox linking up well on a couple of occasions, but chances were few and far between for both side in the opening 10 minutes.
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However the hosts went in front on 18 minutes when referee Tim Robinson awarded them a penalty having adjudged Clarke to have upended Caolan Lavery in the box.
Jay O’Shea made no mistake from the spot to fire the Spireites in front.
The goalscorer then forced a good save from Cisak, before the visitors enjoyed a solid spell of possession.
The hosts were not switched on at the back though on a couple of occasions leading to chances for Dagnall and Mooney for the O’s.
Dagnall was unable to get a clean connection on his effort before Mooney shot straight at Lee.
Chances continued to come their way and the O’s were level on 35 minutes when a good run from Cox, saw the diminutive winger slot the ball across for Mooney to tap into an unguarded net.
Orient ended the half on top as well, forcing a late corner which came to nothing but the O’s were deservedly level.
But the hosts started the second half the better of the two sides and though Clucas saw an effort well saved by Cisak, they took the lead on 55 minutes when Omozusi converted a dangerous cross past his own goalkeeper.
Orient kept going though and they pulled level once again through that man Mooney when he got on the end of a long ball over the top and fired low past Lee.
The O’s survived a late goalmouth scramble, and had a late chance to get a priceless winner when Cox’s corner was met by the head of Clarke, however, Lee got up to put it behind for another corner.
Eight minutes stoppage time were awarded, and that was extended when home skipper Ian Evatt was forced to limp off through injury.
And as time ticked away the O’s picked up a precious victory as Lee flapped at a delivery and Cox was there to convert.
Chesterfield: Lee, Darikwa, Morsy, Ryan (Humphreys 78), Gnanduillet (Harrison 82), O’Shea, Clucas, Lavery, Duffy (Jones 75), Raglan, Evatt.
Unused substitutes: Chapman, Carter, Banks, Dieseruvwe.
Leyton Orient: Cisak, Omozusi, Clarke, Lowry, Sawyer, Pritchard (Hedges 68), Vincelot, Wright (Bartley 58), Cox, Mooney (Batt 84), Dagnall
Unused substitutes: Baudry, Lisbie, McAnuff, Batt, Woods.
Attendance: 6,524 (285 Leyton Orient fans)
6,524 (285 Leyton Orient fans)