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Leyton Orient climb into top two of League 1 after Stevenage win
Leyton Orient moved back into second place in League 1 after a 2-0 win at home to bottom side Stevenage this evening.
Orient got off to a fine start as Moses Odubajo's ninth goal of the season fired them into the lead. Chris Dagnall added a second as he notched a first goal since his debut brace at Crewe.
Stevenage had their moments in the second half but Orient kept them at bay as they ended their four-match winless run and thrust themselves back on track for automatic promotion.
The O's made one change to the side held at Preston last weekend. Dagnall returned in attack with Kevin Lisbie on the bench. Goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic made his first home appearance since rejoining from Hull City on loan.
Dagnall had the first opportunity of the match but the striker rushed his effort and it drifted disappointingly wide of the target.
Orient went close through winger Odubajo but he blasted his strike over Chris Day's crossbar.
The O's grabbed an early lead in the 14th minute when Dagnall's shot was parried by Day but Odubajo reacted quickest to tuck away the rebound.
Orient doubled their lead after 23 minutes to put clear distance between the sides. Dagnall nicked the ball off Luke Jones, played a one-two with David Mooney, before tapping the ball in for his first goal at Brisbane Road.
The hosts were playing some excellent football and nearly made it 3-0 but Odubajo was denied by a decent save by Day.
Orient kept the pressure on and Dagnall went close but his header drifted past the post.
Stevenage's best moment of the match came through former Orient player Jimmy Smith but his fierce strike was parried by Jakupovic.
The hosts had a scare at the start of the second half when Jakupovic's clearance struck Filipe Morais but Orient managed to clear the danger eventually.
Stevenage were enjoying their best spell of the match but Russell Slade's side nearly added a third goal when Dean Cox crossed for Dagnall but his shot was deflected out for a corner.
Orient again threatened following another teasing Cox cross but Dagnall's header had too much height and power.
The visitors were attacking with a lot more purpose in the second period and Francois Zoko fired in an effort but it was straight at Jakupovic.
The hosts were riding their luck somewhat as first Luke Freeman dragged a shot wide and then Darius Charles missed a golden opportunity in front of goal.
Slade made a change as Shaun Batt made his first home appearance since December as he replaced the impressive Dagnall.
Jamie Ness was also introduced in the final ten minutes as the midfielder replaced Lloyd James.
Orient failed to match their first-half performance after the break but it was an important three points as Slade's side climbed back above Wolves in the race for automatic promotion.
Leyton Orient: Jakupovic; Sawyer, Clarke, Baudry, Cuthbert; Cox, James (Ness, 83), Vincelot, Odubajo; Mooney, Dagnall (Batt, 76)
Subs not used: Lisbie, Larkins, Lasimant, Bartley, Simpson
Stevenage: Day; Hartley, Ashton, Jones, Smith; Freeman, Parrett, Mousinho (Charles, 63), Morais (Deacon, 63, Doughty, 78); Zoko, Akins
Subs not used: Arnold, Burrow, Obeng, N'Guessan
Referee: Trevor Kettle