Date: 27th July 2006 at 12:18pm
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Orient`s problematic defending managed to cost the O`s once again as Dagenham & Redbridge came from two goals down to win 3-2.

Having failed to impress thus far, Orient yet again managed to shoot themselves in the foot with another example of how not to defend. Leading through strikes from Jabo Ibehre and Michael Simpson, Orient managed to throw away their advantage as Dagenham capitalised on some woeful Orient defending.

Orient were ahead on the quarter hour as Wayne Corden`s ball was taken in his stride by the powerful Ibehre, and having shrugged of his marker, the O`s striker fired home to continue his good start to pre-season. The Daggers could have been level soon after as Garner made a superb save to keep Mackail-Smith`s effort out whilst Akurang managed to scuff his effort wide when it was harder to miss than score.

Having seen the hosts miss two golden opportunities, Orient decided to make Dagenham pay and they did so with a quite wonderfully worked goal. The lovely one touch football that served Orient so well last season, managed to open up the Daggers defence, and once Lee Steele had found Michael Simpson, the latter stroked the ball home quite beautifully.

There was still time for Lee Steele to smash an effort against the crossbar with Chris Wright completely beaten as Orient ended an impressive first half in total control. However, the raft of substitutions at half time only served to break the rhythm of the visitors and Orient failed to reach the same heights in the second half.

The Daggers pulled one back on 64 as Paul Benson smashed home after Glenn Morris had fumbled a Mackail-Smith free kick, and just two minutes later the hosts were level when Mackail -Smith smashed home after Glen Southam`s free kick had rebounded off the post.

Orient were in all sorts of trouble and it was no surprise when Danny Morgan popped up with the winner from close range after Justin Miller`s amateurish defending. The O`s almost snatched a last minute equaliser, but Paul Connor`s header was wonderfully saved by Chris Wright.

2-0 up at the break and cruising, Orient wouldn`t have lost the game but for the host of substitutions. John Mackie and Adam Tann both left the field due to injury and this ultimately contributed to Orient`s downfall. The O`s looked impressive in the first half and Lee Steele and Jabo Ibehre looked particularly threatening. Although it`s disappointing to lose the game, the first half performance will give Martin Ling lots of encouragement as the O`s look towards August 5th and Port Vale away.

The defensive crisis however does seem to loom large over Brisbane Road at the moment. Justin Miller looked wholly unconvincing in central defence whilst Brian Saah is still learning his trade. Ling will have to act quickly to find someone to fill the centre of defence as the O`s look a soft touch without their captain.