Second Half Comeback Hands Orient Crucial Win

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Leyton Orient produced a second half comeback to defeat 10-man Port Vale and move close the gap on the teams above them.

Following what can be described nothing less than a dismal first half showing, Orient went into the break a goal down following Chris Birchall’s 28th minute strike.

Early into the second half the match was turned on its head however as Vale ‘keeper Chris Neal was shown a straight red card for bringing down Chris Dagnall inside the box.

After a lengthy delay David Mooney equalised from the resulting spot-kick on the 55th minute.

With the O’s pushing forward they then gained the lead with a slice of luck as Neill Collins turned the ball into his own net after debutant Jake Taylor had headed the ball back across goal.

Orient were then awarded a second penalty when Mooney was brought down by substitute goalkeeper Sam Johnson but the Irishman was denied his second as Johnson guessed correctly to keep the tame effort out.

With six minutes remaining Dean Cox sealed the win in brilliant fashion with a rasping drive into the top corner from 20-yards.

The win boosts the O’s survival hopes as despite remaining in the relegation zone they are now only one point from safety.

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