Os let lead slip again
Walsall 2 Leyton Orient 2 ORIENT S hopes of recording their third away win of the season disappeared after they let a two-goal lead slip at Walsall on Saturday. Ryan Jarvis gave the visitors the perfect start after just two minutes and when Tamika Mkandaw
Walsall 2 Leyton Orient 2
ORIENT'S hopes of recording their third away win of the season disappeared after they let a two-goal lead slip at Walsall on Saturday.
Ryan Jarvis gave the visitors the perfect start after just two minutes and when Tamika Mkandawire added a second just before the half-hour mark, O's looked to be cruising to victory.
But Walsall hit back and Troy Deeney cut the deficit just 13 seconds into the second half and before the hour mark he had levelled things up.
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O's boss Geraint Williams made three changes to the side that had lost to Mk Dons the previous weekend, as Mkandawire came back into the side following a one-game ban, replacing Luke Ashworth.
While full-back Andrew Cave-Brown made a rare start at right back and skipper Stephen Purches switched to the left in place of the injured Charlie Daniels, who was ruled out with a back injury.
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There was also a recall for JJ Melligan, wide on the right, as Jimmy Smith dropped to the bench, but for the second game running, O's surrendered a lead and manager Williams was frustrated that his side came away with just a single point.
"It was a game of two halves and it's becoming a worn clich� with us right now," he said afterwards.
"At half time we stressed the fact that we wanted to keep on the front foot and we wanted the players to go out and play as if was 0-0 and not just defend the lead.
"But, for some reason, we can't physically put that mental idea into practice. It didn't help conceding that early at the start of the second half.
"We've picked up a hard-earned point away from home, but the lads are disappointed because it feels as though we have lost the game.
"We all know we should have come away with three points and we're disappointed we haven't."
Orient: Jones, Cave-Brown, Chorley, Mkandawire, Purches, Melligan, Thornton, Summerfield, Townsend, McGleish, Jarvis (Pires 84 mins). Subs: Morris, Ashworth, Chambers, Demetriou, Smith, Patulea.