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Peterborough Match Report

Leyton Orient
1 - 2
Peterborough United

Brisbane Road

8th February. 15:00

Attendance: 6,717

Referee:

Leyton Orient missed out on the opportunity to return to the top of the table after suffering a 2-1 defeat at home to Peterborough on Saturday.

The hosts took the lead through David Mooney with 20 minutes to go, Britt Assombalonga equalised for the Posh on the 88th minute before Tommy Rowe struck the winner in the 90th minute to complete a dramatic turnaround.

Shwan Jalal made his debut in goal for Orient after joining on loan from Bournemouth and David Mooney returned to the starting line up for the first time since early December.

In blustery conditions, Orient failed to gain any real control of the match, giving the ball away cheaply on several occasions.

The wind had clearly affected the teams from building any real momentum but it was Peterborough who started the better, looking the more likely to score the opening goal.

Danny Swanson failed to trouble Jalal with an effort just outside the box before Tommy Rowe header straight at the Orient keeper.

However, it was Orient who ended the first half the strongest.

The O's nearly took the lead on the 37th minute when Scott Cuthbert's cross towards the back post found Dean Cox in space.

The winger connected with a well hit side volley but was unlucky to see his effort bounce back off of the post.

Three minutes later and Orient came close again. David Mooney picked the ball up on the right of the area before cutting inside and unleashing a curling effort with his left foot that narrowly went wide.

The sides went in to half time level and it was again the visitors who started the second half strongly.

Tommy Rowe unleashed an effort from 25 yards five minutes in to the second half, but Jalal was equal to the effort tipping the ball out for a corner.

Peterborough then came within an inch of taking the lead just after the hour mark. Britt Assombalonga's effort was superbly pushed on to the post by Jalal but the ball fell kindly to the feet of Rowe who looked certain to score. However, the Peterborough captain was unable to put his side ahead, firing wide of the mark to the relief of the Orient crowd.

Kevin Lisbie was then introduced on the 67th minute, replacing Chris Dagnall, to partner David Mooney up front for the first time in little under three months.

The substitution appeared to boost Orient and only three minutes after Lisbie's introduction, Orient took the lead through David Mooney.

Lloyd James whipped in a delightful free-kick wide on the right hand side which Orient's top goalscorer swooped in to head home his 17th goal of the season.

Peterborough immediately went in search of an equaliser, but the Orient defence continued to frustrate the visitors until the game was turned on it's head in the 88th minute.

As the game neared it's final minutes, Craig Alcock delivered a free-kick deep in to the Orient box which was flicked on by Shaun Brisley before Assombalonga headed in unchallenged at the back post.

The equaliser had clearly boosted Peterborough and in the 90th minute, Posh completed the turnaround as Tommy Rowe fired in the winner from just inside the box despite Jalal's best efforts.

For the second time in a week, Orient had fallen to defeat courtesy of a last minute winner and were understandably disappointed to have missed out on the opportunity to return to the top of League One at the final whistle.

The O's do not have to wait long to rectify Saturday's defeat however, as they entertain Bristol City at Brisbane Road on Tuesday night hoping to return back to winning ways.

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Writer:Vital O
Date:Sunday February 9 2014
Time: 11:20PM

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