Saturday 14th September 2013At The Matchroom Stadium
Leyton Orient v Port Vale
Attendance: 4,888 including 438 visiting supporters
LEYTON ORIENT: Jamie Jones, Elliott Omozusi, Romain Vincelot, Scott Cuthbert, Mathieu Baudry, Dean Cox, Lloyd James, Kevin Lisbie, David Mooney, Moses Odubajo, Nathan Clarke. SUBS: Jake Larkins, Shaun Batt, Yohann Lasimant, Johnny Gorman, Marvin Bartley, Harry Lee, Jayden Stockley
PORT VALE: Chris Neal, Chris Robertson, Carl Dickinson, Liam Chilvers, Doug Loft, Louis Dodds, Jennison Myrie-Williams,Tom Pope, Anthony Griffith, Kaid Mohamed, Richard Duffy. SUBS: A
dam Yates, Gavin Tomlin, Chris Shuker, Chris Lines, Ben Williamson, Chris Birchall, Lee Hughes.
Micky Adams decided to make two changes to the starting eleven as Vale prepared to take on league leaders Leyton Orient at the Matchroom Stadium, bringing in wingers Jennison Myrie-Williams and Kaid Mohamed.
Ben Williamson and Chris Birchall both missed out and had to settle for a place on the bench, with the manager looking to cause the home side problems down either flank, with Tom Pope playing as a lone striker, with Louis Dodds playing in the hole.
Vale conceded three goals for the third time in four away trips this season, but the scoreline does not reflect the pattern of the game, in which the Valiants were well worth at least a point.
Micky Adams' side attacked right from the off and came back from behind to level in the second half through Jennison Myrie-Williams, but conceded the all important decider late on in the game.
Vale started the stronger of the two sides, forcing the home side on the back foot, but it was the home side who went closest to opening the score in the 15th minute.
David Mooney was allowed room just outside the box and it took a superb save from Chris Neal, to prevent the shot from going into his top right hand corner.
GOAL:Vale continued to press and were rewarded for their endeavour in the 21st minute when LOUIS DODDS netted with a stooping header from 8 yards.
GOAL:They say teams are most vulnerable when they have just scored and sure enough the home side hit back two minutes later when DAVID MOONEY levelled from close range with Vale appealing for offside.
GOAL:Vale held their own until first half stoppage time when Dodds got caught in possession on the Vale right, the ball was crossed in and MOONEY had the simple task of slamming home, unmarked, from close range.
Chris Neal saved from Kevin Lisbie early in the second half after the striker was given far too much space in front of goal, as the home side went looking for an early third goal.
GOAL:Burt Vale got back on level terms in the 52nd minute following good work from Doug Loft on the left, whose cross was palmed away by ‘keeper Jamie Jones, but only as far as JENNISON MYRIE-WILLIAMS who levelled from close range.
The visitors continued to have plenty of the ball but rode their luck at times when the home side pushed forward, though again, there was very little between the two sides.
Vale made a change in the 73rd minute, Ben Williamson coming off the bench to replace Louis Dodds, with Micky Adams hoping fresh legs would make all the difference.
Vale then went close to getting their noses in front for the first time in the game when a 20 yard free kick taken by Myrie-Williams beat the ‘keeper, only to come back off the crossbar.
GOAL:Just as it looked like Vale would get something out of the game the home side hit them with a quick move which saw KEVIN LISBIE capitalise, slamming the ball home with just three minutes left on the clock.