Hector Kyprianou was sent off after just 30 minutes in a scrappy game with ended with both sides taking a point at The Peoples Pension Stadium.
Both sides enter this game having lost on Saturday, Crawley conceding three to League Two high flyers Cambridge United while The O’s were handed a defeat to Bolton, who they defeated 4-0 previously in the season.
Less than 60 seconds had passed before todays referee Kevin Johnson had pointed to the spot in favour of the hosts, after Craig Clay clashed with Town midfielder Jack Powell.
Crawley had a great chance to be ahead inside two minutes, but Tom Nichols cannoned the ball off of the crossbar and out for a goal kick, relief for the visitors.
Orient had a chance of their own just a minute later, after Conor Wilkinson fires a shot from 20 yards but is unable to make anything of it. Promising start to this game for either side.
There could have been a second penalty in this game, this time down the other end. Orient debutant Adam Thompson, who signed from Rotherham on Saturday, was bought down inside the area during a corner for The O’s.
Another chance for Leyton Orient as Nick Freeman, who made his first start tonight, made a great run with the ball before laying the ball off to Wilkinson, although his shot led to nothing.
Some great football from Leyton Orient ended up with the ball in the back of the net, before the goal was ruled out due to a foul on Crawley defender Jordan Tunnicliffe. A questionable decision to say the least.
Adam Thompson was the first man booked tonight, following a string of fouls.
RED CARD! Leyton Orient down to 10 men after 30 minutes after Hector Kyprianou leaves a foot out. Debatable whether or not the tackle warranted a red card or not, but a red card nonetheless.
The red card has allowed the hosts to get back into the game as Ashley Nadesan tries to latch onto a Tom Dallison pass but Orient keeper Lawrence Vigouroux comes out to collect.
A rare sight in League Two, a first half substituion as Ruel Sortiriou is replaced by the returning Tristian Abrahams, following a nasty challenge.
Two Leyton Orient corners followed by two Crawley Town corners was enough to see out the first half.
HALF TIME: Crawley Town 0 – 0 Leyton Orient
Two minutes after the restart and Tom Dallison had managed to find himself some space with the ball on the far side, but his cross found nobody.
A slow start to the second half with the first key note being a double substitution for Crawley Town as Tom Dallison and Sam Matthews are replaced by James Tilley and Archie Davies respectively.
Great save from Leyton Orient keeper Lawrence Vigouroux, who had hardly been called into action so far today, as he made a great cat-like dive to put an end to Crawley Town’s momentum.
SO CLOSE! Leyton Orient had an attack of their own as James Brophy’s looping ball found Abrahams who managed to hold off his man and drive the ball across the box to Craig Clay as his powerful shot was deflected into the path of Dan Kemp who won the O’s a corner.
AGAIN! About one minute later, Nick Freeman managed to cannon a shot but was parried out by Crawley keeper Glenn Morris. The visitors were finally getting into the second half.
Third substitute for the Red Devils, this time an enforced one, as Joe McNerney is on for Jordan Tunnicliffe.
CLOSE! The best chance of the game for Crawley Town. Tom Nichols fired a curling shot into the side netting thanks to a lovely cut back from Archie Davies, who had impressed since making his way on to the pitch.
Since the red card Orient had been on the back foot but Crawley couldn’t figure out a way to break down the O’s defence. Town have sat on the edge of the box for the last ten minutes.
Conor Wilkinson, who had a fairly average game, was beat on the far side by James Tilley who was able to send in a looping cross but Joe McNerney’s header went way wide.
Two changes. Jobi McAnuff replaced Dan Kemp for the visitors and Jake Hessenthaler made way for Davide Rodari for the hosts around 80 minutes in.
Another sub for the visitors as Joe Widdowson was bought on for Sam Ling.
Leyton Orient managed to have themselves a corner, but the opportunity was gone before it even arrived after Wilkinson crosses the ball out of play.
James Brophy and Davide Rodari were booked moments before the final whistle bought this controversy ridden match to an end.
FULL TIME: Crawley Town 0 – 0 Leyton Orient
Crawley Town: Morris, Francomb, Tunnicliffe (McNerney, 63′), Craig, Dallison (Tilley, 55′), Matthews (Davies, 55′), J. Wright, Powell, Hessenthaler (Rodari, 82′), Nichols, Nadesan.
Unused subs: Galach, M. Wright, Nelson.
Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, Ling (Widdowson, 87′), Akinola, Thompson, Brophy, Clay, Kyprianou, Freeman, Wilkinson, Sotiriou (Abrahams, 41′), Kemp (McAnuff, 80′)
Unused subs: Sargeant, Cisse, Dayton, Turley.