Orient condemned to second defeat in a row by Tranmere

Leyton Orient 0 Tranmere Rovers 1

A long-range strike from David Buchanan on the hour sent Orient spinning to their second league defeat of the season.

Just as O’s were turning the screw, the Tranmere midfielder broke down the left and fired in a 25-yard drive that flew over goalkeeper Lee Butcher and into the far corner of the net.

It leaves O’s without a point after two games and they have yet to score a league goal.

The first half was a sterile affair as both sides cancelled each other out although Tranmere had a couple of half-chances early on as O’s squandered possession in dangerous areas.


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But as the half progressed Russell Slade’s side started to take more of a grip as they found Jamie Cureton with some better passes.

Midway through the half Cureton had a shot saved before the O’s should have taken the lead just past the half-hour when a Charlie Daniels free-kick found Jimmy Smith, but his header from six yards was parried by goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams.

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O’s were almost caught on the break when Adam McGurk rolled an effort wide, but the home side stepped up a gear towards the break and Alex Revell fired a Cureton cut-back wide, before a Dean Cox cross was almost diverted into his own net by Rovers defender Mark McChrystal.

After the break O’s started to turn the screw and twice in the opening seven minutes Cox had efforts that were pushed away by Fon Williams.

Andy Robinson relieved the pressure with an effort that dropped just wide, but O’s came within a whisker of taking the lead on 55 minutes when Cureton fired an effort against the post and Revell’s follow up was saved by Fon Williams.

But O’s paid the price for not taking their chances on the hour when David Buchanan fired in a 25-yard drive from the left that found its way into the top corner of the net.

O’s boss Russell Slade threw David Mooney into the action in place of Matt Spring, but the home side lacked a cutting edge and then 11 minutes from time George Porter and Michael Robinson joined the fray.

Orient: Butcher, Omozusi, Chorley, Cuthbert, Daniels, Spring (Mooney 63 mins), Dawson, Smith (Richardson 79 mins), Cox, Revell, Cureton (Porter 79 mins). Subs: Forbes, Laird,

Bookings (Spring(58 mins)

Tranmere Rovers: Fon Williams, Goodison, McChrystal, Showumni, Welsh, Weir, Robinson (Labadie 74 mins), McGurk, Buchanan, Raven, Devaney Akins (80 mins). Subs: Kay, Bakayogo, Courtney.

Bookings: McGurk (50 mins), Goodison (88 mins)

Referee: James Linington

Attendance: 3,658 inc 248 away fans

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