Leyton Orient lost their place at the top of League One despite edging to a narrow win over battling Colchester.

Jabo Ibehre and Freddie Sears went close for the U's before David Mooney fired his 18th goal of the season high into the net from inside the box.

Sears and Ibehre were again denied by O's goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic before substitute Marcus Bean's header deservedly levelled for the U's.

But Moses Odubajo drilled home Shaun Batt's pass to win it on 82 minutes.

It was Orient's third straight victory, but Wolves' 3-0 win over Port Vale lifted them back above the O's on goal difference.

Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9:

"For the neutral it was a cracking second half and fair play to Colchester. They massively played their part.

"Our keeper had to make some wonderful saves to keep us in the game. But we were a threat on the counter and we scored a wonderful goal to win it.

"We were worth a 1-0 lead at half time and then they put us under pressure for 20 minutes in the second half. Perhaps we needed to show more composure on the turnover of the ball."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"I felt the better team lost. I think we at least deserved a draw. We did all the attacking, I think we've probably out-shot them.

"Our goalkeeper hasn't had to work, and two switch-off moments have cost us. I suppose that's what you get when you are top of the league, and that's what happens when you are bottom.

"Overall, I'm very pleased with our performances of late. It's got to turn. We can't keep playing the way we are at the moment, and not pick up points or wins.

"Our league position is false at the moment, but results are not. We have to keep believing in ourselves and believe it will turn because eventually it will."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Leyton Orient

  • 30 Jakupovic
  • 02 Omozusi
  • 03 Sawyer
  • 04 Vincelot
  • 05 Cuthbert
  • 15 Clarke
  • 11 Odubajo
  • 08 James (Bartley - 74' )
  • 10 Mooney (Batt - 68' )
  • 09 Lisbie (Dagnall - 88' )
  • 07 Cox

Substitutes

  • 12 Larkins
  • 14 Batt
  • 19 Lasimant
  • 21 Bartley
  • 23 Dagnall
  • 25 Simpson
  • 29 Ness

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson
  • 03 Dickson
  • 06 Eastmond Booked (Bean - 60' )
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 02 Wright (Sanderson - 84' )
  • 11 Sears
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 25 Vose (Bonne - 67' )
  • 21 Massey

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 09 Morrison
  • 12 Sanderson
  • 15 Bean
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 39 Sesay
  • 41 Bonne
Ref: David Webb
Att: 6,323

Match Stats

Shots

10 15

On target

6 6

Corners

6 8

Fouls

6 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leyton Orient 2, Colchester United 1.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leyton Orient 2, Colchester United 1.

90:00 +2:59

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

90:00 +0:10

Attempt missed. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

89:35

Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:35

Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

87:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Chris Dagnall replaces Kevin Lisbie.

86:49

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Gary Sawyer.

83:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Jordan Sanderson replaces David Wright.

83:01

Foul by Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient).

83:01

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leyton Orient 2, Colchester United 1. Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun Batt.

80:11

Attempt missed. Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

80:01

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by David Wright.

78:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leyton Orient 1, Colchester United 1. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Dickson.

77:18

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

77:18

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:14

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

73:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Marvyn Bartley replaces Lloyd James.

72:47

Attempt missed. Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

72:33

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

71:33

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

67:58

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

67:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leyton Orient. Shaun Batt replaces David Mooney because of an injury.

66:50

Attempt missed. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

66:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Dominic Vose.

65:49

Attempt saved. Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:00

Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

65:00

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:39

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient).

63:39

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:12

Attempt saved. Dean Cox (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top right corner.

59:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Marcus Bean replaces Craig Eastmond.

58:53

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

51:03

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

50:33

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by David Mooney.

47:56

Foul by Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient).

47:56

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:19

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:19

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

46:52

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

46:15

Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:15

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

46:02

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

45:00

Second Half begins Leyton Orient 1, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +3:40 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leyton Orient 1, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +3:06

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Leyton Orient).

45:00 +3:06

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:09

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

43:14

Attempt missed. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) header from outside the box is just a bit too high.

41:55

Attempt missed. Dominic Vose (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

40:42

Hand ball by Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient).

38:30

Attempt saved. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

35:36 Booking

Booking Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

35:16

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

35:16

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:29

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Sam Walker.

33:17

Attempt saved. Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

31:00

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:55

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

28:43

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

26:08

Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:30

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Lloyd James.

20:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leyton Orient 1, Colchester United 0. David Mooney (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Cox.

20:11

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

18:45

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

14:58

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Romain Vincelot.

14:23

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Lloyd James.

10:45

Attempt missed. Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

9:34

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:14

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

6:46

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

6:10

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

5:10

David Mooney (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:10

Foul by David Wright (Colchester United).

2:51

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

2:51

Lloyd James (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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