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Gillingham 3-2 Leyton Orient

Cody McDonald
McDonald has now scored six goals in 18 games this season

Cody McDonald's injury-time goal earned a thrilling win for Gillingham moments after Chris Dagnall seemed to have secured Leyton Orient a draw.

Orient were trailing 2-1 when Gillingham's Michael Doughty saw red, but Dagnall headed them level, only for McDonald to strike in the 98th minute.

O's keeper Adam Legzdins saved a Danny Kedwell penalty and they led through Gianvito Plasmati's spot-kick.

But the Gills hit back through two Leon Legge headers before the late drama.

The win sees the hosts move out of the League One relegation zone and means Orient drop into the bottom four.

Gillingham boss Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"It's a lovely feeling to get three points again, against a team who are down there with us but still have a lot of good players that they had last year

"Michael Doughty played Dickenson in really well, really positive start and then we get the penalty. We were hoping then it would be 1-0 but it wasn't but the lads had to keep going - and they did.

"I can't really praise the players enough because we got a lot out of Tuesday night because we won a game there with 10 men and I'm sure we've got a lot out of today.

"Leon Legge is getting better as a player, doing well, defending better. He's so powerful in the air that if he keeps moving around he's hard to mark and I thought his two headers were outstanding."

Leyton Orient manager Mauro Milanese told BBC London 94.9:

"We tried our best today, at 90 minutes we were drawing. Three free-kicks cost us - maybe the third one from the referee was a bit generous which created the corner and the last goal.

"We did everything we could have done on the pitch, but we need to defend the free-kicks better. Something was not working for us there.

"From my opinion there was no penalty, but we stayed in the game and did try and win but a little mistake cost us. It seems to be the story of the season so far."

Line-ups

Gillingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Nelson
  • 31Hoyte
  • 4Egan
  • 6Legge
  • 28Chicksen
  • 7LoftBooked at 81mins
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 21DoughtyBooked at 76mins
  • 11McGlashanSubstituted forDackat 62'minutes
  • 9KedwellSubstituted forMcDonaldat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24Dickenson

Substitutes

  • 2Fish
  • 10McDonald
  • 12Morris
  • 14German
  • 16Linganzi
  • 19Norris
  • 23Dack

Leyton Orient

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Legzdins
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 12LowrySubstituted forBaudryat 69'minutes
  • 15Clarke
  • 32Dossena
  • 18PritchardBooked at 54mins
  • 4Vincelot
  • 17Wright
  • 7Cox
  • 30PlasmatiSubstituted forDagnallat 61'minutes
  • 27SimpsonSubstituted forMooneyat 39'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Omozusi
  • 3Sawyer
  • 6Baudry
  • 10Mooney
  • 14Batt
  • 23Dagnall
  • 33Woods
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
5,891

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 3, Leyton Orient 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Leyton Orient 2.

  3. Booking

    Cody McDonald (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Gillingham 3, Leyton Orient 2. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brennan Dickenson.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

  6. Post update

    Cody McDonald (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Scott Cuthbert (Leyton Orient).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Gillingham 2, Leyton Orient 2. Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Scott Cuthbert.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Josh Wright.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Doug Loft.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Doug Loft.

  13. Booking

    Doug Loft (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Doug Loft (Gillingham).

  15. Post update

    Romain Vincelot (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Bradley Pritchard.

  17. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Michael Doughty (Gillingham).

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Gillingham 2, Leyton Orient 1. Leon Legge (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Hessenthaler.

  19. Post update

    John Egan (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City17106133181536
2Swindon1795333191432
3Preston1794429191031
4Notts County168532314929
5Sheff Utd169252319429
6MK Dons1483329161327
7Peterborough178362519627
8Rochdale1682629161326
9Oldham176832419526
10Fleetwood177461916325
11Barnsley166462626022
12Port Vale176472324-122
13Bradford176472223-122
14Chesterfield175662324-121
15Crawley175571626-1020
16Walsall174761416-219
17Doncaster155371422-818
18Colchester174582427-317
19Gillingham174581724-717
20Coventry174582028-817
21Leyton Orient173771925-616
22Scunthorpe164391930-1115
23Crewe1743101332-1915
24Yeovil173591227-1514
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