Late goals deny Os and leave boss fuming
Leyton Orient 1 MK Dons 2 TWO goals in the final 11 minutes saw MK Dons come from behind to take the points and leave Orient boss Geraint Williams fuming, writes Trevor Davies. Scott McGleish grabbed his eighth league goal of the season with a 17th minute
Leyton Orient 1 MK Dons 2
TWO goals in the final 11 minutes saw MK Dons come from behind to take the points and leave Orient boss Geraint Williams fuming, writes Trevor Davies.
Scott McGleish grabbed his eighth league goal of the season with a 17th minute header and it looked as if was enough to give O's their third successive win at Brisbane Road.
But then MK Dons substitute Dean Morgan, who spent last season on loan at Orient, fired a leveller before Nigel Quashie won it with an 88th-minute strike.
Orient had looked the better side in the first half as they pressed forward, but after the break they went into their shell and sat on their solitary goal lead - much to the annoyance of Williams.
After the match the Orient boss labelled the second half display as not good enough and believed the players only had themselves to blame for the defeat.
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The O's boss said: "I'm very, very annoyed, because in the first half I thought we put into practise all the things we have done in the last few weeks at home.
"We were positive, went forward, created chances and we were deservedly in front at half time and we reemphasised to the players to keep on the front foot, be positive, go forward and do what we did in the first half, but we went out there in the second half and did none of them."
The late two-goal salvo, means it's now 13 games since Orient last kept a clean sheet and Williams said: "People talk about us not scoring enough goals, but if you look at the bottom half of the table we have scored enough, but we have conceded far too many.
"All the bad old habits we have spoken about and worked at on the training ground, came back to haunt us in the second half and this result will spoil another Saturday night, another Sunday morning and another weekend."
Orient had started the game well, with Andros Townsend causing the visitors plenty of problems down the left and the home side took the lead on 17 minutes when Sean Thornton whipped in a free-kick and McGleish powered in unmarked to head home from six yards.
O's almost extended their advantage on the half-hour when McGleish sent a diving header against the post following a good cross from Luke Summerfield.
MK Dons looked dangerous on the break, but their only real effort in the opening 45 minutes came when Jamie Jones parried a shot from Jermaine Easter and Charlie Daniels reacted first to clear the danger.
After the break O's almost stretched their advantage as Willy Gueret made two excellent saves from McGleish.
First Ryan Jarvis sent the O's striker clear, but Gueret made a brave save at his feet and then, from the resultant corner, he brilliantly kept out McGleish's header.
But, after that, the O's took their foot off the gas and were punished when Morgan fired home from the edge of the area on 79 minutes and then, to rub salt into the wound, Quashie netted late on with a quality strike from 16 yards as MK Dons completed the perfect comeback.
Thornton almost salvaged a point in stoppage time for the O's, but his free-kick struck a post and Orient's misery was complete.
Leyton Orient: Jones, Purches, Chorley, Ashworth, Daniels, Smith (Demetriou 90+1 mins), Summerfield, Thornton, Townsend, Jarvis (Patulea 69 mins), McGleish. Subs: Morris, Melligan, Chambers, Cave-Brown, Pires.
Attendance 3,959 (including 343 MK Dons fans).