February 2, 2013
Cox is fox in the box
Dean Cox's early strike proved the difference as Leyton Orient edged out Stevenage 1-0 at Broadhall Way.
Cox bundled the ball home from close range inside 10 minutes after the Boro defence failed to deal with Leon McSweeney's cross.
Orient continued to pile on the pressure, with on-loan debutant Shaun Batt linking well with Charlie MacDonald and both going close to doubling the lead.
Stevenage had looked rusty in their first match for three weeks but soon picked up, Sam Hoskins producing a flying save from O's keeper Jamie Jones after a terrific run.
Jones had to palm the ball off the line after a goalmouth scramble from the resulting corner, while Felipe Morais also went close for the hosts.
The visitors started the second half as they did the first, MacDonald heading over from close range and later scoring from an offside position, while substitute David Mooney sent a 20-yard strike over.
Boro regained possession as the tempo dropped towards the end but did not trouble Jones.
|Dean Cox (10')|
|1 Steven Arnold||1 Jamie Jones|
|33 Ben Chorley||5 Scott Cuthbert|
|14 Mark Roberts||3 Gary Sawyer|
|4 Darius Charles||6 Mathieu Baudry|
|2 David Gray||8 Anthony Griffith|
|7 Anthony Grant||7 Dean Cox|
|10 Filipe Morais||11 Jimmy Smith|
|6 Greg Tansey||2 Leon McSweeney|
|8 James Dunne||17 Moses Odubajo|
|11 Lucas Akins||14 Charlie MacDonald|
|30 Sam Hoskins||28 Shaun Batt|
|16 Chris Day||Nathan Clarke 15|
|22 Miguel Comminges||Elliot Omozusi 27|
|3 Lee Hills||Lee Cook 21|
|29 Bondz Ngala||Martin Rowlands 22|
|32 Robin Shroot||Lloyd James 23|
|28 Steve Leo Beleck||David Mooney 39|
|23 David López||Afolabi Obafemi 20|
|Steve Leo Beleck for Anthony Grant (58)||David Mooney for Shaun Batt (65)|
|David López for Lucas Akins (76)||Lee Cook for Moses Odubajo (73)|
|Nathan Clarke for Charlie MacDonald (90)|
|Darius Charles (53)||Moses Odubajo (34)|
|· Squads: Stevenage | Leyton Orient|