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Leyton Orient equal club record start after Crewe Alexandra win
Leyton Orient equalled a club record winning start to the season of four consecutive league victories set in 1910-11 after beating Crewe Alexandra 2-0 at Brisbane Road.
Orient made an excellent start to the game and were rewarded when Moses Odubajo fired them into an early lead. Kevin Lisbie missed a first-half penalty but the hosts received another spot kick soon afterwards and David Mooney made it 2-0.
Russell Slade's side dropped a few gears in the second half but still did enough to extend their 100 per cent record as they stayed top of League One.
The O's named an unchanged side for the third consecutive league game. Shaun Batt was unavailable with a hamstring injury but the squad was otherwise at full strength.
The hosts got off to a lively start and went close when Lisbie lashed a fierce effort just past the post.
But Orient made the early breakthrough after just seven minutes with a superb move. Dean Cox fed Odubajo and the O's winger showed great composure to slot the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Alan Martin.
Orient almost added a second goal when Mooney's header slipped out of the grasp of Martin but the visitors managed to clear the danger.
It was a bright start for the O's but the one concern was the surface with the ball starting to slow up considerably due to the relentless rain.
The hosts threatened again when Lisbie teed up Cox but the midfielder's strike flew over the bar.
Orient were awarded a penalty on the half hour mark when Lisbie was brought down in the area by Chuks Aneke. But the former Charlton striker surprisingly sent his effort wide of the post.
Slade's side were given another penalty shortly afterwards for a foul on Mooney by George Ray. The Irish striker picked up the ball and fired it home to double Orient's lead.
The home side should have made it 3-0 after the restart when Mooney's cross was fumbled by Martin and Lisbie's rebound shot hit the side netting.
Odubajo picked up a knock and the winger was replaced by summer signing Johnny Gorman.
A mistake by Scott Cuthbert handed the visitors their first chance but Ryan Colclough's shot was well saved by Jamie Jones.
Crewe were much more effective than their meagre first-half showing and Anthony Grant had an opportunity but his strike was deflected out for a corner.
Aneke had another chance for the visitors but his header was comfortably saved by Jones.
The O's made a second substitution with midfielder Marvin Bartley coming on for the last 15 minutes in place of Lloyd James.
Crewe were still pushing for a goal and came close twice when Aneke's header was well saved and then he struck the crossbar with a powerful strike.
The hosts were perhaps fortunate not to concede in the second half but there was no denying the O's a fourth league win in a row as their brilliant start to the season continued.
Leyton Orient: Jones; Omozusi, Clarke, Baudry, Cuthbert; Cox, Vincelot, James (Bartley, 75), Odubajo (Gorman, 65); Mooney (Lasimant, 83), Lisbie
Subs not used: Sawyer, Larkins, Lee, Vanderhyde
Crewe Alexandra: Martin; Tootle, Mellor (Molyneux, 88), Davis, Ray; Clayton, Osman (Inman, 69), Aneke; Colclough, Grant, Oliver (Turton, 88)
Subs not used: Phillips, Ellis, Leitch-Smith, Audel
Referee: Keith Stroud
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