No home comforts following late strike
Leyton Orient 1 Exeter City 1 By Trevor Davies ORIENT are still searching for their first home win of the season after another late leveller denied them victory on Saturday. A stoppage-time goal in the previous home game saw Carlisle grab a point and, o
Leyton Orient 1 Exeter City 1
By Trevor Davies
ORIENT are still searching for their first home win of the season after another late leveller denied them victory on Saturday.
A stoppage-time goal in the previous home game saw Carlisle grab a point and, on Saturday, a fluke goal from Craig Noone 13 minutes from the end, left the O's down with the division's dead men.
Orient had taken the lead on 26 minutes when Charlie Daniels saw a shot deflected in off Marcus Stewart and after controlling the opening 45 minutes against a mediocre Exeter side, O's paid the price for not making more of their domination.
At half-time, boss Geraint Williams was forced to withdraw skipper Stephen Purches and midfielder Adam Chambers because of injuries, and midway through the second half Ben Chorley also had to come off.
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It meant Williams had no opportunity to introduce fresh attacking legs, as Ryan Jarvis and Andros Townsend, both starters against Southend, were forced to remain on the bench.
Williams paired Scott McGleish and Adrian Patulea together up front and O's started like an express train.
Patulea showed glimpses of invention and the home side threatened from virtually every set-piece.
After three minutes, Patulea headed over from a corner and shortly afterwards McGleish nodded another Jason Demetriou flag kick just over the bar.
O's, playing with pace and tempo, looked as good as they have done at home this season, and almost took the lead on 10 minutes when Purches found Jimmy Smith, who turned and sent a volley just wide, although McGleish was well-placed.
Smith should have scored three minutes later when he met Demetriou's cross from the right, but flashed a header from six yards wide of the target.
So, it came as no surprise, when Orient took the lead. Demetriou's short free-kick was met by Daniels, who saw his shot deflect off Stewart, on the end of the Exeter City wall, and fly into the corner of the net.
An effort from Demetriou then hit Troy Archibald-Henville, before Exeter managed their first shot on target just before the break, when the lively Ryan Harley curled a shot inches wide and the same player fired straight at Morris when well-placed moments later.
At half-time, Kristian O'Leary replaced Chambers and Andrew Cave-Brown came on for Purches and O's suddenly found themselves on the back foot.
Archibald-Henville should have levelled with a close-range header and Harley shot wide.
But O's, playing on the counter attack, were desperately unlucky not to add a second on 55 minutes, when McGleish sent in a screamer from 25 yards that keeper Oscar Jansson touched on to the bar, but the ball somehow stayed out.
Demetriou made an excellent break from the half-way line before setting up JJ Melligan, but his shot was beaten away.
Then Patulea headed Melligan's cross from the left over the top.
They were costly misses, as 13 minutes from time, Noone delivered a cross from the left-hand touchline that deceived O's keeper Glenn Morris. He got his hand to the ball, but could not keep it out of the net.
O'Leary, who had a quiet second half, almost grabbed a win with two injury time efforts. The first was blocked by Patulea and the second flew into Jansson's hands.