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Kevin Lisbie's winner keeps Leyton Orient top after Stevenage victory
Leyton Orient remain top of League One after battling to a 1-0 win at struggling Stevenage this afternoon.
The O's grabbed the crucial opener just before the half hour mark when striker Kevin Lisbie headed home for his fourth goal of the season.
The visitors were not at their best and had to survive a few scares in the second half but held on to record their third consecutive league win of the season.
Orient named an unchanged side as they looked to extend their 100 per cent record in the league this season.
Stevenage made seven changes as they tried to get their first points of the season. Former Orient midfielder Jimmy Smith lined up against his old club in the unfamiliar position of right-back.
It was a pretty scrappy opening to the game with both sides struggling to hold on to the ball at the Lamex Stadium.
The hosts had an opportunity from a free-kick outside the area but Peter Hartley's header was off target.
Dani Lopez got a shot in for Stevenage but the visiting defenders managed to block the ball and avert the danger.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 29th minute of the contest with their first decent move. Moses Odubajo sent in a superb cross which Lisbie headed into the net.
The O's felt they should have had a penalty when Smith appeared to bring down Lisbie in the area but referee Brendan Malone decided otherwise.
Orient should have doubled their lead from Lloyd James' corner but Lisbie headed just wide from close range.
It was a strong end to the half for the visitors who were visibly lifted by their opening goal.
The O's had an early opportunity after the restart when Dean Cox cut in from the left but his low strke was just wide of Chris Day's post.
Orient thought they should have had a penalty when Cox released Lisbie and he appeared to be brought down in the area by Day. But incredibly the referee booked the striker for diving to the disbelief of Russell Slade.
The decision lifted the home side and they threatened through Lopez but his long-range strike flew over the bar.
The visitors were forced to bring on Gary Sawyer in place of Mathieu Baudry after the French defender picked up an injury.
Orient had a scare with less than 20 minutes remaining when a corner was headed against the bar by Hartley and then cleared off the line by Romain Vincelot.
The hosts were looking dangerous and Greg Tansey's shot was parried before Darius Charles' fired wide although the offside flag had been raised.
It was a tough end to the game for Slade's side but they managed to withstand the pressure and maintain their 100 per cent record after the first three games of the campaign.
Stevenage: Day; Ashton, Charles, Doughty, Smith (Tansey, 73); Dunne, Freeman, Hartley, Shroot; Tounkara (Deacon, 66), Lopez (Haber, 76)
Subs not used: Arnold, Hills, Burrow, Heslop
Leyton Orient: Jones; Omozusi, Clarke, Baudry (Sawyer, 71), Cuthbert; Cox, James (Bartley, 80), Vincelot, Odubajo; Mooney, Lisbie (Batt, 88)
Subs not used: Larkins, Lee, Lasimant, Gorman
Referee: Brendan Malone
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