October 2, 2012
Orient sink Saddlers
Battling Leyton Orient put the brakes on Walsall's surprise climb into the League One play-off zone with a hard-earned 2-1 win at the Banks's Stadium.
They had to withstand terrific second-half pressure from the Saddlers but hung on for their second away victory.
Orient scored two cracking goals in the first half, starting in the 11th minute when tricky winger Lee Cook latched onto Kevin Lisbie's header and smashed a tremendous left-foot drive over home keeper Karl Darlow.
The Saddlers could make little headway going forward against the visitors' solid defence, and the Londoners rocked them with another spectacular effort after 29 minutes.
With Lisbie lying injured in the centre circle, Dean Cox decided to hammer the ball from near the halfway line and his effort screamed over Darlow, who was off his line and not expecting the strike.
Walsall got back into the game in the 58th minute when Gary Sawyer brought down Ben Purkiss and Will Grigg scored his first of the season from the penalty spot, but although home skipper Andy Butler hit a post late on, Orient held on.
|27 Karl Darlow||16 Ryan Allsopp|
|5 Dean Holden||15 Nathan Clarke|
|4 Andy Butler||4 Ben Chorley|
|14 Ben Purkiss||3 Gary Sawyer|
|26 Andy Taylor||21 Lee Cook|
|6 Nicky Featherstone||22 Martin Rowlands|
|8 Florent Cuvelier||8 Anthony Griffith|
|24 James Baxendale||7 Dean Cox|
|10 Jamie Paterson||11 Jimmy Smith|
|9 William Grigg||2 Leon McSweeney|
|17 George Bowerman||9 Kevin Lisbie|
|1 David Grof||Mathieu Baudry 6|
|2 Richard Taundry||Marc Laird 14|
|22 Paul Downing||Lloyd James 23|
|11 Ashley Hemmings||Moses Odubajo 17|
|16 Jake Jones||Michael Symes 10|
|12 Febian Brandy||David Mooney 39|
|15 Connor Taylor||Ryan Brunt 26|
|Febian Brandy for James Baxendale (75)||Moses Odubajo for Lee Cook (62)|
|Ashley Hemmings for Jamie Paterson (80)||Ryan Brunt for Martin Rowlands (62)|
|Richard Taundry for Ben Purkiss (89)||Mathieu Baudry for Dean Cox (70)|
|Nicky Featherstone (49)||Mathieu Baudry (77)|
|Florent Cuvelier (78)||Moses Odubajo (80)|
|· Squads: Walsall | Leyton Orient|