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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
15:52 5th March 2011

First Away Loss Since November

Notts County suffered a first league away loss on the road since November in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of an in-form Leyton Orient.

Dean Cox's crisp finish gave Orient the lead at the break. Notts had struggled to get into gear but started the second half much better.

Alex Revell should have doubled the lead on 59 minutes from the spot, only to be denied by Stuart Nelson. Following the penalty decision, an incident on the touchline resulted in Notts Manager Paul Ince being sent off.

Andrew Whing added the hosts' second in the 79th minute with his head. This proved to be the final blow for the Magpies, as Russell Slade's side extended their unbeaten run to 11 games.

Notts might have taken an excellent point from Griffin Park against Brentford on Tuesday night but the effects of the fixture were clear ahead of the Orient match. Having two defenders sent off and another injured, the Magpies were forced to field a new-look backline.

Ricky Ravenhill slotted in at right-back and John Thompson moved to left-back, with Liam Chilvers and Krystian Pearce positioning themselves at the heart of defence. New loan signing Ivan Sproule was named on the left wing for his debut, as the Magpies lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Despite arriving at the ground late, Notts almost gained an early lead. Matthew Spring, under pressure from Craig Westcarr, dealt his goalkeeper, Jamie Jones, a difficult back pass, which was hacked off the goal line at the last possible moment.

Early scare aside, Orient started brightly and went ahead through Cox on seven minutes. The midfielder's bending run inside a crowded box was met by Tommy Carroll's weighted pass and he was able to smash the ball into the corner from 10 yards out.

Cox was heavily involved with all of the O's' attacks and set up Whing to head wide with a corner. He also came close himself moments later, when he fired inches past the near post, following a tricky run from the left flank.

More openings followed for the hosts and Harry Kane looked set to double the lead, after he was threaded in on goal, only for Ravenhill to deny him with a superb sliding challenge. Nelson had to remain alert, as well, to keep out efforts from both Revell and Cox.

It wasn't until the 44th minute that Notts mustered a serious attempt at goal, that coming from Sproule. Drifting inside from the left wing, he forced Jones to tip the ball behind for a corner, low to his left.

Kevin McDonald, in added time, found Westcarr's feet with a delivery into the box. The forward turned to shoot but the home stopper again stood in the way.

Notts County suffered a first away loss on the road since November in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of an in-form Leyton Orient.

Dean Cox's crisp finish gave Orient the lead at the break. Notts had struggled to get into gear but started the second half much better.

Alex Revell should have doubled the lead on 59 minutes from the spot, only to be denied by Stuart Nelson. Following the penalty decision, an incident on the touchline resulted in Notts Manager Paul Ince being sent off.

Andrew Whing added the hosts' second in the 79th minute with his head. This proved to be the final blow for the Magpies, as Russell Slade's side extended their unbeaten run to 11 games.

Notts might have taken an excellent point from Griffin Park against Brentford on Tuesday night but the effects of the fixture were clear ahead of the Orient match. Having two defenders sent off and another injured, the Magpies were forced to field a new-look backline.

Ricky Ravenhill slotted in at right-back and John Thompson moved to left-back, with Liam Chilvers and Krystian Pearce positioning themselves at the heart of defence. New loan signing Ivan Sproule was named on the left wing for his debut, as the Magpies lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Despite arriving at the ground late, Notts almost gained an early lead. Matthew Spring, under pressure from Craig Westcarr, dealt his goalkeeper, Jamie Jones, a difficult back pass, which was hacked off the goal line at the last possible moment.

Early scare aside, Orient started brightly and went ahead through Cox on seven minutes. The midfielder's bending run inside a crowded box was met by Tommy Carroll's weighted pass and he was able to smash the ball into the corner from 10 yards out.

Cox was heavily involved with all of the O's' attacks and set up Whing to head wide with a corner. He also came close himself moments later, when he fired inches past the near post, following a tricky run from the left flank.

More openings followed for the hosts and Harry Kane looked set to double the lead, after he was threaded in on goal, only for Ravenhill to deny him with a superb sliding challenge. Nelson had to remain alert, as well, to keep out efforts from both Revell and Cox.

It wasn't until the 44th minute that Notts mustered a serious attempt at goal, that coming from Sproule. Drifting inside from the left wing, he forced Jones to tip the ball behind for a corner, low to his left.

Kevin McDonald, in added time, found Westcarr's feet with a delivery into the box. The forward turned to shoot but the home stopper again stood in the way.

Notts came out after the interval looking much more lively but could have gone two behind when Revell was set free. He rounded Nelson and slotted home, but Ravenhill retreated to slide the ball behind, preventing a certain goal.

A signal from the linesman led to a penalty being given for handball, causing mass protests from the visiting players, though no card was issued, despite lengthy discussions on the sideline. Attention was quickly diverted to technical area, where there was an altercation between both benches, which ended in Notts boss Ince being sent to the stands.

Revell, following a long delay, aimed the spot-kick towards the bottom corner but Nelson stuck out a strong arm to keep his team in the game. It was the stopper's second penalty save of the season.

The game suddenly sparked into life and Notts twice came close. First Neal Bishop had a goal-bound hit blocked and Westcarr glanced Kevin McDonald's cross just wide of the target with his head.

As Notts searched for an equaliser, three changes were made. Sam Sodje, Njogu Demba-Nyren and Lewis Gobern replaced Pearce, Conor Clifford and Sproule.

With 11 minutes remaining on the clock, Orient went two up, leaving Notts with little hope of salvaging anything from the match. Cox's in-swinging free kick from the wing had been met by the head of Whing, who guided the ball into the far corner.

Seven minutes of added time were shown at the 90 mark and Notts urgently went about their play - to no avail. Notts now turn their attention to Tuesday night - a tough home fixture with Peterborough United.

Attendance: 4,238 (441 Notts County supporters)

Magpie Player Man of the Match: Stuart Nelson

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