A 63rd minute goal from Leyton Orient’s Dan Kemp was enough to ensure that both sides didn’t go home empty handed.
Exactly 10 years ago today, Leyton Orient managed a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal in the FA Cup, thanks to a late goal by Jonathan Tehoue. Today, they look for their first win in five as they welcomed Port Vale to E10. How times change.
An early chance for The O’s after a nice string of passes culminated in a low cross from Dan Kemp which was cleared. A nice start within the first 10 minutes.
Port Vale were almost handed the lead on a silver platter after a rushed clearance from Dan Happe fell straight into the feet of Alex Hurst, who’s shot was straight at Lawrence Vigouroux.
Happe very nearly redeemed himself from an Orient corner after veteran Jobi McAnuff whipped one in towards the back post but Happe’s header flew over the bar and into an empty north stand.
Another pretty good chance for the visitors following some shaky play at the back from The O’s as Alex Hurst floated in a cross towards the back post but a stretching David Worrall was unable to make anything of it.
Prime Ronaldinho? No, that’s 39-year-old Jobi McAnuff absolutely sending David Worrall to the shops after some brilliant foot work on the near side but the chance goes begging as nobody is able to get on the end of a driven cross from McAnuff.
McAnuff very nearly put Orient ahead 10 minutes before the break after a first time shot from 20 yards flew straight into the arms Vale keeper Scott Brown.
Scores are level at the break following a pretty lacklustre first 45. A lot of energy from both teams but neither side able to capitalize.
HALF TIME: Leyton Orient 0-0 Port Vale
The teams are back out for the second half, no changes being made from either side.
GOAL! David Worrall strikes the ball into the bottom corner after holding off James Brophy from a goal that seemingly came from nothing. The O’s have an uphill battle from here. 0-1.
All of a sudden, this is a very physical game. Port Vale putting in challenges left, right and centre. Adam Crookes has absolutely gone through Conor Wilkinson on the near side. Free kick to the hosts.
GOAL! Orient equalised through Dan Kemp who bagged his first goal for Embleton’s men. A nice pass from Freeman allowed Kemp to drill the ball towards the bottom corner, past Scott Brown.
How close was that? The O’s leading marksman, Danny Johnson, fired into the side netting from four yards out following a cross from Jobi McAnuff.
A lot to digest in the last two minutes, bear with me. Devante Rodney cracked a header against the woodwork and barely 90 seconds later, Danny Johnson is in on goal down the other end, tried to lob the keeper which was saved and somehow, Johnson has also missed the rebound thanks to some superb defending. Bonkers.
Again, so agonisingly close for Orient. A great counter attack from a Port Vale free kick had Nick Freeman bombing down the right hand side, his cross came to nothing but McAnuff was able to find Conor Wilkinson who cut inside and curled a shot towards the far corner that was brilliantly turned away by Scott Brown.
The last chance of the game was an Orient corner, taken by Jobi McAnuff which was drilled in onto the head of Dan Happe who’s second chance of the game ended up exactly like his first one. Over the bar.
Another late corner for The O’s, four minutes into the five minutes added on at the end. For some reason, it was played short and then didn’t lead to anything. Goal kick for Port Vale.
FULL TIME: Leyton Orient 1-1 Port Vale
Leyton Orient are on the road on Tuesday night as they travel to the Utilita Energy Stadium to take on Bradford City, who beat Cheltenham Town 2-0 today. Port Vale welcome a struggling Stevenage Town side, who managed a point against mid-table Walsall.
Leyton Orient XI: Vigouroux, Akinola, Happe, Thompson, Brophy, Freeman, Cisse, McAnuff, Kemp (Abrahams, 81′), Johnson, Wilkinson
Subs Unused: Sargeant, Widdowson, Coulson, Dayton, Turley, Abrahams, Young.
Port Vale XI: Brown, Gibbons, Olagunju (Legge, 73′), Smith, Crookes, Worrall (Oyeleke, 56′), Joyce, Conlon, Hurst (Montano, 90′) Rodney, Guthrie
Subs Unused: Cullen, Taylor, Scott, Swan.
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