Leyton Orient 2 Peterborough United 1 match report: Dean Cox and Chris Dagnall book O's play-off final chance
Orient win 3-2 on aggregate
the matchroom stadium
Tuesday 13 May 2014
Leyton Orient kept their promotion dream alive with a dramatic victory over Peterborough in the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final.
Dean Cox crashed in his 16th goal of the season and Chris Dagnall added a late second to take Russell Slade's side to Wembley for the first time in 15 years.
Conor Washington pulled one back for Darren Ferguson's team but it is Orient, who led the table for much of the campaign, who are now just 90 minutes from following Wolves and Brentford into the Championship next season.
The sides were locked at 1-1 after a first leg which Orient had dominated and the home side continued in the same vein here. They took the lead on the hour from a free-kick on the edge of the visitors' penalty area. Cox's fierce shot hit Jack Baldwin square in the chest and he pounced on the rebound, lashing it past goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik.
With two minutes remaining Dagnall turned in a pass from fellow substitute Shaun Batt and although Washington bundled home in stoppage time to set up a nervy finale, Orient held out to book a Wembley final against Preston or Rotherham.
Leyton Orient (4-4-2): Jones; Cuthbert,Baudry, Clarke,Omozusi; Odubajo, Vincelot, James, Cox (Dagnall, 73); Lisbie (Batt, 69), Mooney. Substitutes not used Sawyer, Larkins, Bartley, Lundstram, Simpson.
Peterborough United (4-2-3-1): Olejnik; Little, Baldwin, Knight-Percival (McCann, 80), Alcock; Swanson (Washington,75), Bostwick; Payne (Isgrove, 75), Rowe, Ajose; Assombalonga. Substitutes not used Ntlhe, Brisley, Day, McQuoid.
Referee M Russell (Hertfordshire).
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