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Leyton Orient 0-0 Mansfield Town
Kenny Jackett’s O’s did everything but score in a frustrating afternoon, which saw the visitors reduced late on to ten men, with Tyrese Sinclair red-carded, on Saturday.
Speaking after teh game, Jackett admitted: “I was slightly frustrated at the end. We created a lot of chances. But, we couldn’t find the finish or the final pass.”
A tense opening half saw Mansfield ask some early questions, with Farren Rawson and former ‘O’, Jordan Bowery denied, the hosts then dominated, with the heavily marked, top scorer, Harry Smith missing a good 41st-minute opportunity.
Straight after the restart, with the Stags again posing the Orient defence problems, a breakaway saw Smith feed Aaron Drinan – but the former Ipswich man could only slice his angled drive wide of Nathan Bishop’s near post.
As the game started opening up, Stags’ skipper, Ollie Clarke tested Vigouroux with a stinging drive, on the hour, before an unmarked Theo Archibald was way off target, before Tom James shot straight at a grateful Bishop.
A frantic finale – which saw Mansfield sub., Sinclair sent off – after lashing out at Archibald – Orient sub., the unmarked Ruel Sotiriou thought he had won this tight contest, but his Allan Clarke style diving header hit the outside of a post, before a Bishop stoppage-time wonder save thwarted, Archibald.
The former Portsmouth and Wolves boss added: “It was fifty-fifty in the first half, but we stepped it up after the break. But Mansfield – who were fancied at the start of the season – defended well. I’m frustrated not to win it, though.”
Unbeaten in September, Jackett said: “We have had an encouraging start to the season, but we need to capitalise move forward. If we want to be successful, we’ll need to be picking up results at Port Vale and Barrow.
Opposing boss, Nigel Clough said: “It was a very good point. Obviously, I’m frustrated at the sending-off – it’s our third in recent weeks. Unfortunately, it shows a naïevity about us.”
“But, after four defeats on the spin, last weekend’s and today’s points shows we have stopped the rot. And, it was our first clean sheet of the season.”
Orient’s Millwall loanee, Alex Mitchell, added: “We defended well today. But, up-front, it was just one of those days.”
Former Southend keeper and man-of-the-match, Nathan Bishop, concluded: “It was one of those games where we had to grind out a result. And, once we were down to ten men, it was backs against the wall.”
Leyton Orient: Lawrence Vigouroux, Connor Wood, Omar Beckles, Alex Mitchell, Shad Ogie, Tom James, Craig Clay (Hector Kyprianou 55′) Darren Pratley (Capt), Theo Archibald, Aaron Drinan (Ruel Sotiriou 72′), Harry Smith. Subs not used: Rhys Byrne (GK), Dan Happe, Dan Kemp, Tyrese Omotoye, Antony Papadopoulos
Mansfield Town: Nathan Bishop, Elliott Hewitt, Farren Rawson, Oli Hawkins, Raphael Diarra, George Lapslie, George Maris (Harry Charsley 54′), Ollie Clarke (Capt), Rhys Oates (Ryan Burke 88), Danny Johnson (Tyrese Sinclair 67′), Jordan Bowery Subs not used: George Shelvey (GK), Keaton Ward, James Clarke, Jason Law
Referee: Benjamin Speedie
Assistant Referees: Daniel Cook and Paul Yates
Fourth Official: Michael Chard