Date: 22nd April 2013 at 4:43pm
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A fantastic battling display from the O`s ensured Russell Slade`s men are guaranteed to finish inside the top ten this season after a fine 1-0 victory at Coventry.

Dean Cox`s striker on the stroke of half time was enough to send the final away support of over 800 back to east London happy as they claimed their 21st league win of the campaign.

At the beginning of the encounter both teams seemed evenly matched, with arguably Jamie Jones the busier keeper as he denied John Fleck and Jordan Stewart early on.

The first major chance of the match fell to Danny Philliskirk. Steve Jennings sent a perfectly timed through ball onto the charging Fleck, whose effort was parried by Jones into the path of Philliskirk, who hit the ball first time only to be brilliantly denied on the line by a sliding Nathan Clarke.

The visitors went close just before the hour mark as Jimmy Smith narrowly headed wide from a Lee Cook free kick.

Cyrus Christie was the next man to spurn an opportunity as he stole possession from full back Gary Sawyer, only to miss his chance well over the crossbar when in a good shooting position.

The game appeared to be heading to half-time with both sides level until Cox fired home. Moses Odubajo`s surging run down the right led him to the edge of the Sky Blues penalty area where he calmly rolled the ball to Cox, whose terrific curling effort was enough to beat Joe Murphy in the Coventry goal.

The second period saw the hosts step up their game, as Orient attempted to hold on to their slender lead.

David Bell went close on three occasions as firstly he headed over then twice beat Leon McSweeney at right back, but was unable to find the target from a good position.

The O`s were battling hard as they denied Coventry any real goalscoring moments, as the hosts were forced into shooting from long range.

They did however come close with one such effort as Franck Moussa`s attempt from 25 yards only narrowly went over.

But Orient eventually held on to the victory ensuring a second top ten finish in three seasons under Russell Slade.

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