Orient 1 Oldham Athletic 0 - M’Poku’s late strike sees Orient home

Late goal keeps play-off push on track

Leyton Orient v Oldham Athletic

Orient manager Russell Slade makes just one change to the side that beat Walsall on Tuesday night.

New loan signing Adam Barrett, who joined from Crystal Palace on Friday, goes straight into the team and Terrell Forbes, who has made 39 starts this season, drops to the bench.

Also among the Orient substitutes is fit-again Jimmy Smith.

The O’s will be looking to record their sixth win in seven league games, against a Walsall side who have not won in their last eight encounters.

Orient: Jones, Whing, Omozusi, Forbes, Daniels, Spring, Carroll, Dawson, Cox, Revell, Kane. Subs: Butcher, Forbes, McGleish, Chambers, Tehoue, Smith, M’Poku.

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Oldham Athletic: Amos, Hazell, Furman, Taylor, Lee, Stephens, Black, Morais, Tarkowski, Tounkara, White. Subs: Brill, Todd, Reid, Mantom, Feeney, Evina, Trotman.

Referee: Rob Lewis

Now for the action

2 mins – Adam Barrett, on his Orient debut, sent a 20-yard drive just over the bar.

10 mins – Dean Cox tries his luck from the edge of the box, but Oldham keeper Ben Amos makes a save by his right-hand post.

20 mins – Harry Kane sends a header just past the right hand post.

30 mins – A Dean Cox free-kick causes problems in the Oldham defence and Andrew Whing missed his kick.

30 mins – Matt Spring tried his luck with a header from the edge of the box that Ben Amos saves well.

35 mins – Matt Spring volleys an effort just over the bar following a Dean Cox free-kick. It’s all Orient at the moment.

37 mins – The closest we have come to a goal. Harry Kane sets Dean Cox through on the left, but Ben Amos makes a great save as he snaked out an arm, just as it looked as if the ball had gone past him.

41 mins – Dean Furman goes into the book for a foul on Stephen Dawson as he was racing through and from the free-kick Charlie Daniels fires an effort from 30 yards just inches over the bar.

Half-time – Orient 0 Oldham Athletic 0 – O’s have dominated, but have failed to make their pressure and chances count.

59 mins - Oldham make the first change, with Sam Mantom replacing Dean Furman.

62 mins – Orient make a double change up front as Scott McGleish and Jonathan Tehoue replace Harry Kane and Alex Revell.

66 mins – Reuben Hazell becomes the second Oldham player to go into the book.

78 mins – Last throw of the dice as Russell Slade throws Paul-Jose M’Poku into the fray in place of Tommy Carroll

80 mins- the pace of Jonathan Tehoue sees him race through, but keeper Ben Amos is out quickly to smother the chance.

81 mins – Tehoue finds Scott McGleish, whose fierce shot is well saved by Amos.

85 mins – O’s are going flat out for victory and M’Poku sets up Matt Spring, who fired an effort from 20 yards just over the top.

86 mins - O’s make the breakthrough as M’Poku picks up the ball 30yards from goal and fires it into the corner of the net.

88 mins – Oldham throw Neal Trotman into the action in place of Aidan White.

92 mins – M’Poku is brought down down and Kieran Lee picks up Oldham’s third yellow card.

Full-time: Orient 1 Oldham Athletic 0. Another late goal as O’s pick up a vital win to keep their play-off push alive.