Chesterfield fell to a second defeat in the space of a week as bottom-placed Leyton Orient earned a shock victory at the Proact Stadium on Valentines Day 2015.
The Spireites led 1-0 and 2-1, but were pegged back on both occasions. Dean Cox then made it 3-2 in the 11th minute of additional time to grab a dramatic victory.
Jay O’Shea’s penalty gave the home side an early lead, but David Mooney ensured the sides were level at the break.
A bizarre own goal from Elliott Omozusi restored Chesterfield’s lead before Mooney’s second of the afternoon levelled it up once again.
And Orient turned an important point into three when Cox poked home in the 101st minute, taking advantage of a horrific mistake from goalkeeper Tommy Lee to give the away side their first victory of 2015.
Chesterfield were looking to get back to winning ways after a disappointing midweek defeat to Preston.
Without a win this calendar year and propping up the League 1 table, struggling Leyton Orient appeared to offer relatively unchallenging opposition for the play off challengers.
And the Spireites looked to be taking full advantage, taking the lead inside 20 minutes after a strong start. Caolan Lavery was brought down in the box by Nathan Clarke and the referee immediately pointed to the spot before O’Shea sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to open the scoring.
Orient searched for a way back into the contest – Tommy Lee making an excellent stop whilst Mooney missed an open goal in a different opportunity.
However, it was some suicidal defending that cost Chesterfield the lead. Lee’s kick was headed straight back by Orient and Ian Evatt inadvertently played Cox through on goal with a flick on. The midfielder unselfishly cut the ball back to Mooney, who was left with the simple task of placing it in the empty net to level the scores.
Chesterfield started the second half strongly and loan striker Lavery, brought in to replace the goal’s Doyle left behind, forcing a couple of solid saves from the goalkeeper.
Another unusual moment, in what was quickly becoming a bizarre game, saw Chesterfield regain the lead.
Some neat build up play from the Spireites saw Armand Gnanduillet pick up the ball on the edge of the box. The Ivorian played a dangerous ball across the face of goal which was volleyed in by defender Omozusi, who sunk to the ground in horror as the home fans celebrated.
Little over 15 minutes later and the sides were tied once again. The Chesterfield defence were again suspect as a through ball cut them open and fell to Mooney, who unleashed a powerful drive into the far corner to make it 2-2.
A couple of lengthy stoppages meant there was a huge eight additional minutes announced by the fourth official.
And an injury to Evatt during this spell saw the time extended even further as both sides searched for a late winner – Lee having to make an athletic save to keep Orient from snatching a goal from a late corner.
With 101 minutes of the contest played, Orient stole all three points in a dramatic conclusion.
Marvin Bartley’s cross was spilled by Lee and the ball fell straight into the path of Cox, who poked the ball into the open goal to score his 6th of the season and give the visitors their first victory of the calendar year in the most dramatic fashion.
Chesterfield 2-3 Leyton Orient
O’Shea ’19 (pen), Mooney ’35 ’70, Omozusi (og) ’54, Cox ’90
Lee, Darikwa, Evatt, Raglan, Clucas, O’Shea, Morsy, Ryan (Humphreys ’79), Duffy (Jones ’76), Gnanduillet (Harrison ’83), Lavery
Cisak, Omozusi, Clarke, Lowry, Sawyer, Pritchard (Hedges ’67), Vincelot, Wright (Bartley ’58), Cox, Dagnall, Mooney (Batt ’84)