Leyton Orient 0 Preston North End 1 match report: Lacklustre Orient surrender top spot

 

brisbane road

Looking dazzled by a rare day in the spotlight without Premier League football, Leyton Orient suffered a first home defeat since February and with it lost their place at the top of League One yesterday. Until a late rally, the London side were outplayed by a Preston team organised and disciplined under Simon Grayson in an effective 3-4-1-2 formation.

That meant a personal victory for Tom Clarke, the younger brother of Orient's captain Nathan, with whom he shared eight years at Huddersfield Town before both moved on. Clarke and his colleagues in a three-man defence comfortably contained the prolific Orient strikers Kevin Lisbie and David Mooney, with 22 League goals between them so far this season.

Orient also lacked bite in midfield, mainly as a result of a piece of French cynicism. Romain Vincelot, who normally takes the enforcer's role, deliberately attracted a yellow card last week in order to trigger an automatic suspension and miss the less important Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie that Orient lost at Stevenage in midweek. The Football Association, wise to the ruse, handed him an extra ban for yesterday's game.

"He's the heartbeat of the team," their manager Russell Slade admitted. "We tried to overturn the ban and were quite shocked by the verdict." He would have greater justification for surprise at the manner in which his team froze, having come through impressively in previous games against leading opposition.

It was a hugely disappointing performance in front of the best crowd of the season of 7,123 – one that would still look horribly lost in the Olympic Stadium – plus those watching from the balconies of the flats at each corner of the stadium.

The home side had just wasted their only half-chance of the first 30 minutes, Elliot Omozusi cutting his cross back straight to a Preston defender, when the visitors broke upfield and scored. Keith Keane crossed and Joe Garner, the former Watford and Nottingham Forest striker, struck a superb volley past Jamie Jones for his fourth goal in three games.

One Orient substitute, Shaun Batt, added some vigour in the second half and another one, Robbie Simpson, making his debut, passed up their only real scoring opportunity when Declan Rudd denied him right at the finish.

"We were very, very good from start to finish," Grayson said. "When we had to we scrapped and battled and we played when we had the chance to. We've got the players to hurt any team on the day."

Leyton Orient (4-4-2): Jones; Omozusi, Cuthbert, N Clarke, Sawyer (Batt, 62); Odubajo, James (Baudry, 70), Bartley, Cox; Lisbie, Mooney (Simpson, 81).

Preston (3-4-1-2): Rudd; T Clarke, King, Wright; Humphrey (Huntington, 90), Welsh, Keane, Laird; Gallagher (Kilkenny, 83); Davies, Garner.

Referee Keith Hill.

News
Disruption at Waterloo after a person was hit by a train
newsCancellations and disrupted service after person hit by train
Arts and Entertainment
music
Arts and Entertainment
The almost deserted Liverpool Echo Arena on Monday
tvCan X Factor last in the face of plummeting numbers auditioning
News
Kirsty Bertarelli is launching a singing career with an album of songs detailing her observations of “real life”
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence