After leading the charge towards the Championship since the opening day of the season, Leyton Orient have finally been knocked off their perch by a rejuvenated Wolves.

Orient fell to their first defeat at Brisbane Road since February, courtesy of Simon Grayson's high-flying Preston North End. Orient's record of scoring a goal in every league game this season also came to a grinding halt after the O's failed to respond to Joe Garner's clinical first-half finish.

Orient manager Russell Slade told BBC London 94.9: "It was a tight game. Preston bossed it and made life tough for us in the first half by slowing the game down and dictating the tempo.

"Romain Vincelot is the heartbeat of the team and he was missed today."

On the other hand, Ethan Ebanks Landell's first ever Wolves goal helped to seal all three points against bottom-of-the-league Notts County, who suffered their third straight defeat under the new leadership of Shaun Derry.

Wolves were inspired to the 1-0 victory by 2,730 away fans at Meadow Lane, which helped generate a bustling crowd of 7,520 supporters and created Notts County's biggest home attendance of the season.

Kenny Jackett told the BBC: "Yes, it is great for our supporters and us to be top of the league, and that puts us there to be shot at now. We have to understand that everyone's motivation level will be very high against us."

Nevertheless, Wolves have righteously grasped their mantle at the top of League One having failed to lose a single game away from the Molineux this season. Furthermore, the persistent attacking threat of Bakary Sako and Leigh Griffiths have wreaked havoc on every defence the league has to offer.

Arguably, Sako should certainly be playing at a higher level than League One having garnered interest from Fulham and Nottingham Forest during the summer transfer window, only for a deal to Forest to be aborted in the final hour. Regardless, Sako has created more goals for Wolves than anyone else this season after generating six assists.

 Additionally, Griffiths has scored ten goals for Wolves following his loan-return from Hibernian in the summer. With the blistering pace and sublime skill of Sako combined by the clinical finishing of Griffiths, Wolves' target to clamber back into the Championship looks destined to take place.

However, Wolves meet Uwe Rosler's Brentford next week who are currently in scintillating form after winning their last five league games. Rosler's men will also be arriving at Molineux on the back of a ruthless 5-0 demolition job of Crewe Alexandra. 

Evidently, next week's fixture will either cement Wolves' status as the kingpins of the division, or promote Brentford's desire to erase the wounds of last years play-off final defeat by beating the bookies' favourite for promotion on their own patch at Molineux.


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