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11:38 11th December 2011

Leyton Orient 3 Exeter City 0

Exeter City's losing streak at Brisbane Road was extended to 17 years after their second successive 3-0 defeat at Orient. After a goalless first half the returning Liam Sercombe saw his shot hit the post shortly before a controversial penalty decision for a handball by Troy Archibald-Henville allowed Kevin Lisbie to fire Russell Slade's men infront. And when Troy failed to connect with a long ball, Lisbie crossed for Jonathan Tohoue to head into the empty net from close range and bring an end to City's six game unbeaten run in League One. Troy's afternoon then went from bad to worse with three minutes to go when he dragged down substitute George Porter to concede a penalty. Lisbie stepped up to score his second of the match from the spot. Paul Tisdale made two changes from the team that ran riot against Tranmere, Liam Sercombe and David Noble returning from injury in place of Richard Logan and Scot Bennett who dropped to the bench. It meant Jake Taylor was deployed as the lone frontman with David Noble behind him with Elliott Frear and Chris Hackett providing the width. The big talking point when the team-sheets were read out was Russell Slade's decision to name formal Grecian Jamie Cureton in his starting XI. And Orient's number 10, who certainly had a mixed reception from the away fans, had the first real chance of the match on nine minutes. He was quick to react when Steve Tully's header back to Artur Krysiak didn't have quite enough power in it, nipping in to lift a shot over the Pole but luckily over the bar as well. Four minutes later it was City who threatened, Scott Golbourne got to the left-hand byline and sent a dangerous ball to the back post that was just taken off the head of the lurking Hackett. Krysiak then had to be at his best to deny Cureton his first goal of the season with a fine low save after the veteran striker had profited from the City defence's failure to clear their lines. It was a fine stop from City's number one and showed once again what a threat Cureton is infront of goal. However it was his strike partner for the afternoon who had the home side's next chance, Lisbie heading wide when well placed on 25 minutes. Cureton's last league goal came for the Grecians against Oldham back in April but he won't have had many better chances to end that scoring drought then the one he was presented with on 32 minutes. It was a Christmas gift, nicely packaged with a bow on it! Krysiak successful came for a cross before bowling the ball out to Hackett in the right-back position. But when the Millwall man's ball forward smashed off a body it ricocheted perfectly to Cureton, unmarked at the back post and somehow his low right-footed shot across goal went just inches wide of the far post. With the exception of an ambitious Noble lob, neither side really created too many clear cut chances before the interval. City will have been pleased to have gone in at 0-0 given how deep they played and how few goalscoring opportunities they created. With Tisdale's words ringing in their ears his boys in white came out for the second half with renewed purpose and enjoyed arguably their best spell of the game. On 47 minutes Danny Coles headed a corner wide before they came agonisingly close to the opening goal. Sercombe took aim from 25 yards with a low right foot shot that cannoned back off the post and as the ball bounced to his feet Taylor couldn't really get any purchase on his effort allowing a relieved Lee Butcher to grab the ball. The home fans were up on their feet shortly after when Cureton looked to have been fouled inside the box but Andy D'Urso waved away their claims. But they wouldn't have to wait long to see the referee point to the spot. D'Urso believed Troy had handled the ball but the players, and Steve Tully in particular, certainly thought otherwise. Up stepped Lisbie to fire a low shot into Krysiak's right hand corner. Tisdale had already introduced Logan for Frear just before the goal and he sent on Dunne for Richard Duffy as they looked to get back in the game. But it was the home side with their tails up and Krysiak had to make a fantastic stop with his feet shortly after to keep out Jimmy Smith's fine half-volley. Hackett fired a daisy-cutter wide before the lead was doubled on 75 minutes. A clearance bounced over Troy's head and with Krysiak rushing out towards the left corner Lisbie clipped the ball across for Tohoue to head home. John O'Flynn was then introduced for Sercombe but City looked a beaten side and their misery was compounded on 87 minutes when Porter danced into the box before being hauled down by Troy. Lisbie went the same way with his second penalty to round off a miserable afternoon for the travelling faithful.
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