IN PICTURES: Leyton Orient 0 Fleetwood Town 1

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They must look forward to January at Fleetwood Town.

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Fleetwood Town's Stephen Dobbie firs in a shot''Photographer Ashley Western/CameraSport''Football - The Football League Sky Bet League One - Leyton Orient v Fleetwood Town - Saturday 10th January 2015 - Matchroom Stadium - London''� CameraSport - 43 Linden Ave. Countesthorpe. Leicester. England. LE8 5PG - Tel: +44 (0) 116 277 4147 - admin@camerasport.com - www.camerasport.com

Last season it was the month they put uncertainty, and a degree of inconsistency, behind them and began their push for the play-offs and promotion.

It would be too much to claim Graham Alexander’s men are on the same road again.

But they are certainly making it difficult to book a May holiday, stubbornly clinging onto the coat tails of the leading pack.

Strangely, with the likes of Sheffield United, Peterborough and Preston just ahead of them, nobody’s really talking about Fleetwood Town.

But, make no mistake, on the evidence of their performance at Leyton Orient they are very much contenders.

Had they found themselves a consistent goalscorer Fleetwood would probably have already have been in the top six rather than just knocking at the door.

One goal was enough to see off the challenge of the Os who hit the woodwork, had a penalty shout denied and their manager sent to the stands - all without ever looking like winning.

This was far from the walk in the park Orient’s league position might have suggested.

The London club came into the game on the back of two consecutive wins.

Those results should have filled Orient with confidence.

But it was a timid side who opened up against Alexander’s men who took total control of the opening 45 minutes but somehow couldn’t find the net.

Fleetwood, for long periods, pegged the Os in their own half, even their own final third, the home side unable to keep possession in the face of intense pressing on and off the ball.

It was an impressive start from Town who had two clear cut chances to open the scoring before Orient had made it into their box.

Had either found the back of the net the game might have been dead and buried well before the final whistle.

The first fell to Stephen Dobbie, a Gareth Evans cross from the left floated in to the on-loan Crystal Palace man.

He was in a superb position at the back post and looked certain to find the net.

But his connection was far from perfect and rather than being drilled into the bottom corner, his shot ballooned onto the crossbar, Gary Woods in the Orient goal completely wrong-footed but nobody able to take advantage.

Jamie Proctor was next to go close, slipped clear by the superb vision of Antoni Sarcevic.

The final touch into the box let Proctor down, giving Woods the chance he needed to close down the striker who was just unable to lift the ball over the keeper and into an empty net. The chance finally woke Orient from their slumber and Fleetwood, for the first time, found themselves under the cosh.

The Os ended the half strongly and might even have snatched an underserved opener at the death, Chris Dagnall stealing in down the left and flashing a shot across the face which Chris Maxwell, a spectator for much of the half tipped on to the post.

Scores level at the break was a real injustice.

But Fleetwood are used to that - so often victims of their own lack of clinical finishing.

The work everywhere else was first rate, Jeff Hughes putting in a barnstorming shift in front of the back four, Fleetwood’s problem-solver, creative spark and tough guy rolled into one.

Proctor and Dobbie, lacking goals were working hard to make up for it in other areas, Dobbie in particular a handful, Andrea Dossena turned in knots by the forward.

Proctor, with his flicks, strength and vision was the motor for Town.

And he had to be involved when Town finally broke the deadlock, seconds after the restart.

A long punt forward was flicked on by the former Preston man, Evans giving chase, in behind the last man and slotting a cool low finish, side-footed past Woods.

It was only a fraction of what Fleetwood deserved and the fact the visitors didn’t press on for a more covincing win was the only disappointment of the afternoon.

Credit to Orient, boss Fabio Liverani did change his side’s shape, pressing for an equaliser and making life difficult for Fleetwood.

The triple strike force, including the strength of veteral Kevin Lisbie, made it harder for Town to win the ball, the home side’s ball retention markedly improved and with it the balance of the game changed.

Lisbie blasted over the bar from close range after Dossena broke free down the left.

Fleetwood, for the last 20 minutes, fought a rearguard battle.

One which could have been in vain had Stephen Crainey’s challenge, with the fourth official reaching for his board, not caused confusion among the officials.

The foul was clearly inside the box, the replay showing sub Gianvito Plasmati clearly dived.

The confusion which followed did the referee no favours.

Mr Graham couldn’t have been more wrong to hand Orient a free kick outside the box, Plasmati drilling the ball straight into the Fleetwood wall.

The officials did make one decision, Os boss Fabio Liverani’s rage in his technical area over the top, the Italian handed his marching orders, seeing out the game from the stands.

He missed little.

The visitors’ attempts to run down the clock were slightly Laurel and Hardy, the final whistle a welcome relief for Town’s management team.

A second consecutive away win, Town hot on the heels of the top six with back-to-back home games to come.

A repeat performance against Oldham on Saturday should provide the lift the Highbury crowd are craving and prove in Fleetwood there’s no such thing as January blues.

ROB STOCKS