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17:02 17th December 2011

Home Run Ended

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Leyton Orient ended Notts County's eight-game unbeaten run at Meadow Lane with a 2-1 triumph.

The Magpies had dictated much of the opening 45 and were disappointed to go in at the break a goal down. Stephen Dawson's 44th minute hit had found the top corner, after he'd won the ball deep inside the Notts half.

Jonathan Tehoue came off the bench to double Orient's lead, after a sustained period of pressure by the home side. However, Lee Hughes gave them hope, quickly pulling a goal back to set up a tense finish.

Leon McSweeney brought down Jeff Hughes inside the area late on and County were awarded a penalty. Hughes took on the responsibility himself but was denied from the spot for the first time this season.

Notts were given a boost after Lee Hughes passed a fitness test on a calf injury to take a spot up front alongside Karl Hawley, in addition to Neal Bishop being deemed fit enough to start following a heavy knock to the ankle the previous weekend. Mike Edwards also returned to the starting 11, with Krystian Pearce missing out through injury.

The Magpies opened brightly, creating two half chances inside the opening five minutes, which saw Sam Sodje head over and Hawley volley high into the stands. Alan Sheehan's in-swinging free-kick from the right wing then allowed Bishop to head inches over.

Neal Bishop

As County continued to take the game to the O's, Alan Judge was given space to get a shot away from 25 yards out. The midfielder had crashed an effort against the bar against Yeovil just seven days earlier and did exactly the same again.

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Jeff Hughes was playing a vital role in stringing attacks together down the left and came close to scoring on two occasions. First he had a header cleared off the line and then he forced Butcher into a low save from the corner of the 18-yard box.

Martin Allen had to make an early change, when Gavin Mahon pulled up, leading to Charlie Allen being introduced. Allen moved into Bishop's advanced midfield role and the skipper dropped back into Mahon's holding berth.

In close succession during the 33rd minute, both teams could have gone in front. Orient frontman Kevin Lisbie's touch let him down, as he looked to control at close range, and Lee Hughes headed inches past the post from Judge's cross.

Despite Notts' first half dominance, it was the O's that went ahead a minute before the interval. Dawson dispossessed Jeff Hughes deep inside the County half, before firing into the top corner from the edge of the box.

In the opening 10 minutes of the second period, both sides came close with efforts from range. Almost identically, Hawley and Jimmy Smith struck just high of the top corner.

Lee Hughes threatened in the 55th minute, when his low hit skidded off the surface, only for Butcher to gather smartly on his line. Five minutes later, Hughes escaped centre-back Scott Cuthbert with a clever turn but was again denied by the stopper.

On 72, Judge's cross was met by Sodje and the ball looked to find its way to Jeff Hughes, though it escaped him at the back post. Moments later, Judge's corner was met by Sodje again and was blocked on the line, ahead of Lee Hughes prodding against the post.

The home fans grew frustrated as the game moved into the latter stages, due to a number of penalty calls. Judge and Lee Hughes tumbled in the area but play was waved on, sparking heated protests in the stands.

County pushed hard for a leveller and Lee Hughes tested Butcher again with a glancing header. Jeff Hughes then cleared the bar, following some strong hold-up play by Hawley.

Against the run of play, Orient capitalised on another defensive slip, when Edwards slipped dealing with a high ball. Substitute David Mooney capitalised and cut the ball to Tehoue, who slotted the ball under Stuart Nelson.

In quick response, Notts gave themselves hope when Edwards' long ball was flicked on by Jeff Hughes. Lee Hughes gathered and drove powerfully into the bottom corner to make it 2-1 with four just minutes remaining on the clock.

The Magpies were finally awarded a penalty, when Jeff Hughes was dragged down in the area by McSweeney. McSweeney was then shown a red as he was seen to be the last man.

Jeff Hughes took the spot-kick himself but his low attempt was kept out by Butcher. Hawley followed up with a header but Butcher was there again to deny Notts a point.

Attendance: 5,830 (469 away supporters)

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