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Leyton Orient rescue point at Oldham Athletic
League One leaders Leyton Orient remain unbeaten after they battled back to earn a 1-1 draw at Oldham Athletic this afternoon.
Russell Slade's side found themselves 1-0 down at the break after the hosts deservedly netted the opener through former Orient striker Charlie MacDonald.
But Orient improved in the second half and striker Kevin Lisbie netted the equaliser despite claims by the home players that substitute Shaun Batt got the final touch in an offside position.
The O's made just one change to the side which was held for the first time this season last weekend against Walsall. Midfielder Marvin Bartley came into the team in place of the suspended Romain Vincelot following his dismissal in the last outing.
Oldham created the first opportunity when James Dayton fired a low long-range strike on goal which was saved by keeper Jamie Jones.
Moses Odubajo launched a dangerous run down the wing but the youngster's shot rose harmlessly over the bar.
The hosts went close from Joseph Mills' free-kick which was tipped over by Jones. From the corner, former Orient striker MacDonald saw his shot cleared off the line by Mathieu Baudry.
Orient had another big scare when Mills' shot was parried by Jones and MacDonald somehow failed to make decent contact with the ball just yards out from an unguarded net.
Athletic were enjoying a dominant spell and should have done better again when Danny Philliskirk headed James Wesolowski's cross straight at Jones.
Oldham's persistence was finally rewarded with a deserved breakthrough in the 36th minute. A ball was played down the middle for MacDonald and the striker made no mistake this time as he fired past Jones.
The O's created a rare opportunity when Odubajo fired in an effort from a tight angle which Mark Oxley turned round the post.
Orient almost grabbed a late equaliser in the first period when a goalmouth scramble resulted in Baudry's header cleared off the line.
Oldham almost made it 2-0 early on in the second half when Philliskirk's strike was parried by Jones and cleared to safety.
Jones was forced into another save when he palmed Mills' free-kick over the bar for a corner.
The visitors made their first change of the match when Batt was introduced in place of Dean Cox.
Athletic were still causing problems but the O's caught them on the break as they grabbed an equaliser in the 66th minute.
Lisbie fired a shot into the far corner of the net but the Oldham players were unhappy because they felt Batt deflected the ball in from an offside position.
Orient were looking much more dangerous with Batt on the pitch and he sent in a cross shot which forced Oxley to parry the ball.
The O's finished the game with all their forwards on the pitch after Jayden Stockley came on in place of Bartley.
Orient ended the game strongly but on balance will be happy to take a point from a match which Oldham had enough chances to win.
Oldham Athletic: Oxley; Grounds, Kusunga, Tarkowski, Lanzoni (Winchester, 13); Dayton (Montano, 75), Wesolowski, Smith, Mills; MacDonald, Philliskirk (Rooney, 64)
Subs not used: Clarke-Harris, Rodgers, Millar, Rachubka
Leyton Orient: Jones; Omozusi, Clarke, Baudry, Cuthbert; Cox (Batt, 64), James, Bartley (Stockley, 85), Odubajo; Lisbie, Mooney
Subs not used: Sawyer, Larkins, Lee, Lassimant, Gorman
Referee: K Wright
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