Penalty miss costly for Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient 1 – 2 Crewe Alexandra Sky Bet League Two

Leyton Orient are now five games without a win, after suffering a third successive home defeat, on Tuesday.

But, they were the architects of their own downfall after Jordan Maguire-Drew – whose ultimate consolation effort was sandwiched by Eddie Nolan and James Jones strikes – missed a second-half penalty.

The O’s made a promising start, with Lee Angol shooting inches over in the second minute, before Gorman pulled a long-range effort wide of Will Jääskeläinen’s far post.

Unfortunately, hitman Angol pulled up on the halfway line, with barely 18 minutes played, and was soon replaced by Conor Wilkinson.

The always dangerous Crewe forward, Chris Porter then hit the Orient bar with an 18-yard effort, having seconds beforehand been denied by a vital George Marsh block.

Louis Dennis then tested Jääskeläinen with a close-range effort, after good Wilkinson approach play.

But, the Railwaymen went ahead, on 31 minutes, when Nolan got the faintest of touches to a Daniel Powell nod on, after the O’s had switched off from a flag-kick on the opposite flank.

Still having to defend against a lively Alex front line, the O’s got back in the contest, four minutes from the break. Maguire-Drew netted with an exquisite chip over a stranded Jääskeläinen, as the schemer took full advantage of a poor Harry Pickering pass, after ex-’O’, Nicky Hunt’s pass left his left-back in no man’s land.

A lively start to the second period saw end-to-end action, with Crewe’s James Jones blazing over, when in a good position, before the O’s Marvin Ektipeta couldn’t control a fiercely hit Gorman free-kick.

Maguire-Drew then won a 57th minute penalty, drawing a foul from Hunt, but his weak spot-kick was easily saved by a grateful Jääskeläinen.

The O’s didn’t give up and Gorman saw Jääskeläinen make a point-blank catch from a Maguire-Drew free-kick, before Josh Wright fired wide from long-range.

With promotion-chasing Crewe always a threat on the break, Dean Brill made two excellent saves from Porter, on 77 and 78 minutes – the latter deflected spectacularly on to his near post.

Intense Crewe pressure paid off. Having seen Jones slice wide on 90 minutes, the schemer was allowed a second chance, a minute into stoppage time and rifled past a helpless Brill, from eight yards out.

The O’s face a difficult trip to Colchester United this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Leyton Orient: Dean Brill, Sam Ling, Marvin Ektipeta, Josh Coulson (capt), Joe Widdowson, Louis Dennis, Dale Gorman (Craig Clay 76) George Marsh, Jordan Maguire-Drew, Josh Wright, Lee Angol (Conor Wilkinson 19). Subs not used: Sam Sergeant, Myles Judd, Dan Happe, James Alabi.

Crewe Alexandra: Will Jääskeläinen, Perry Ng (capt), Eddie Nolan, Nicky Hunt, Harry Pickering, Daniel Powell (Callum Ainsley 60), James Jones, Ryan Winle, Tom Lowery, Charlie Kirk (Owen Dale 54), Chris Porter. Subs (not used): Dave Richards, Olly Lancashire, Oli Finney, Chuma Anene, Josh Lundstrum.

Referee: Josh Smith

Assistants: Andrew Laver, Adrian Tranter

Fourth Official: Michael Webb

Attendance: 4,289


Rowland Lyons