Date: 16th February 2011 at 8:43pm
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Leyton Orient fought back to claim their third straight league victory at MK Dons last night.

The O’s were twice behind on the night, partly thanks to ex-Orient player Jabo Ibehre but unbelievably very little seems to be able to stop the O’s these days and we came back to win 3-2.

It is another three points and a good win, in a away game where arguably fatigue and excitement ahead of Sunday could have hindered us. One loss in 20 makes incredible reading!

In a similar fashion to the opposing fixture between the clubs earlier this season it was MK Dons who made the better and spectacular start. This time it was Dean Lewington after seven minutes who found the net with a stunning 25 yard strike.

For a moment I slipped into my old Orient ways, anxious and negative. But only ten minutes later a familiar face popped up with a goal for the O’s, Jimmy Smith. (I would have never thought I would be writing that sentence last season!).

Smith has been a revelation for the O’s this season, our most improved player. Starting on the right (but often moving inside) he has worked for the team and scored some crucial goals. And last night was no different.

Smith scored the equaliser for Orient with a well placed left footed shot into the bottom corner after Charlie Daniels found room on the left.

The O’s were not on level terms for long as Ibehre bundled the ball home after 23 minutes before none other than Smith to come to Orient’s rescue again in front of goal.

Six minutes before the break Smith found the back of the net with that now-trusted head of his. Again it was Daniels crossing from the left and Smith did well to out-jump the defence and beat keeper David Martin.

Despite Orient’s resistance and ability to fight-back, the home side also carved out chances, looking to take the lead once again. Rowan Vine came close in the second period whilst Daniel Powell was only denied by Andrew Whing’s goal-line clearance.

But it was Orient who thankfully got the crucial fifth goal, through sub Jonathan Tehoue. He may offer little from the start but the striker is a superb replacement to bring on to make a match winning difference.

Paul-Jose Mpoku slid ball through to Tehoue who powered past the defender in familiar fashion, sliding the ball coolly into the bottom corner.

I would have happily taken a draw away from home against a fellow play-off hopeful (I have much joy in now writing fellow!) so to pick up another three points is superb and keeps up our remarkable push for a top six finish.

The Teams:

MK Dons: Martin; Kouo-Doumbe (Amoo 90), O’Hanlon, Flanagan (Stirling 84), Lewington; Gleeson, Leven; Marsh-Brown, Chadwick, Vine; Ibehre (Powell 46)

Leyton Orient: Jones; Whing, Omozusi, Chorley, Daniels; Crowe; Mpoku (Carroll 90), Smith, Dawson, Cox; Revell (Téhoué 69)
Russell Slade told leytonorient.com:
‘I really wanted to take this unbeaten run into the Arsenal game, which we’ve achieved.

‘It was a really gutsy performance tonight with some good football in the second half. The game was very open with two teams trying to play. At times it wasn’t the best defensively, but there was some terrific play from both sides and it could have gone either way.

‘We showed unbelievable character again. 2-1 down, and to get the leveller and go on to win is fantastic.’

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