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Slade on the brink after latest defeat

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The highlight of Leyton Orient’s 1-0 home reversal to Coventry City on Saturday was the one lonely Coventry fan that turned up dressed as Kermit the Frog while nobody else in the away end seemed to get the memo that it was fancy dress. Meanwhile Orient fans endured another home farce of eleven Muppets trying to play football.

The game itself was decided by an awful mistake. Carl Baker’s tame long-range effort was spilled horribly by Allsop and in-form striker David McGoldrick tapped home after rounding the prone keeper.  It was Allsop’s second spill after gifting Colchester their second goal in the 2-0 home defeat four days earlier, from an otherwise excellent keeper, and highlighted just how low on confidence the team is at the moment.

Orient did create chances, however, but as has been the problem this season, nobody can finish them off.  Martin Rowlands ‘shot from outside the box was deflected over the bar and David Mooney’s low cross slipped across the area only for Dean Cox to slice wildly over after hacking at the ball from nine yards out while unmarked.

Coventry also had opportunities, almost all of which came from mistakes. After letting the ball run under his foot, Ben Chorley tried to recover his mistake by trying to “Lionel Messi” his way out trouble with his back to goal, which resulted in McGoldrick picking his pocket but just squeezing his shot wide. Shortly before half time, Gary McSheffrey found himself clear of the Orient defence, but Allsop pulled off a good save to deny the Coventry veteran.

Scott Wagstaff saw his back header almost loop over Joe Murphy, but the Coventry keeper palmed the ball to Mooney who shot high and wide over the bar when he should have scored. Mooney worked hard all day, and while his finishing remains abysmal, he put in considerable effort all game.

Second half saw much of the same, with little cohesion or purpose to Orient’s play and besides Moses Odubajo and Mooney, a lack of penetration. Rowlands slipped and only a great block from Chorley stopped a second, while Wagstaff headed just wide from Cox at the other end. Lee Cook and Michael Symes came on for Cox and Brunt respectively, but failed to change things sufficiently. With mere seconds left, the home crowd thought Mooney had equalised as he took a high ball down well by the penalty spot, but rolled his shot inches wide.

A mixture of bad luck, low confidence and poor quality again saw the Os defeated as I left still trying to work out why Slade played the lively and talented Odubajo at right back all game with McSweeney on the bench. Slade’s tactics are giving the Os fans a nasty case of ‘Groundhog Day’ after last season’s debacle and things are not looking much better this season. Occupying nineteenth place in League One with nine defeats in fifteen games tells its own story, while Russell Slade’s insistence that fans need to “keep believing” and that they will “work harder” is wearing thin with Os fans. With potential banana skin Gloucester away in the FA Cup, Slade is well and truly on the brink.

Written by Andy Brown, We Are Going Up’s Leyton Orient Blogger

Andy tweets at @OrientMeatPie

A Tale of Two Full Backs

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

It’s been a strange week at the Orient and a bad one for full backs.

On Friday 18th November, 22 year old Leyton Orient right-back Elliot Omozusi was jailed for intimidating a witness who helped convict the killers in the horrific murder of Agnes Sina-Inakoju, 16, outside a Hoxton fast food shop in April 2010. it subsequently emerged that Omozusi was running with the London Fields Boys gang and was seen at a party making gang signs with the killers. He was found guilty and jailed for two and a half years.

To most of us this was a shock. While footballers have been imprisoned before, this is one of the worst cases I’ve heard. While news and rumours were flying around Twitter and other social networks, the club remained reticent on the whole matter. These things can be complicated, but fans were looking for a strong statement on the issue. Finally on Wednesday 22nd November, Russell Slade spoke on the matter, describing how he was “…really disappointed. It’s not good news for the football club or the boy”. Now while I expect Orient to make a statement on Friday, I’m frankly surprised at the way the whole thing has been handled.

No one expects footballers to necessarily be clean living, but to have a promising career at 22 and to throw it all away by associating with killers and actively helping them is off the scale. Whether he was a half decent defender or not is irrelevant if a player is mixed up in this sort of activity. From a football point of view, it’s certainly going to create a strange atmosphere, although as professionals I’m sure they’ll get on with it.

Going out of the door for completely different reasons is the club’s stalwart left back Charlie Daniels who is initially joining Bournemouth on loan and the move will be permanent in January. Charlie had a patchy start when he played at Orient in his first spell, but has been formidable since he rejoined over the last couple of year. Last season his link play on the left with Dean Cox caused major problems for many teams in League One, helping the O’s finishing seventh as well as having a brilliant FA Cup run.

Orient’s hands were tied. He was allegedly offered a three and a half year deal and the club will get a rumoured £200,000 (the real figure may be less) and he was out of contract at the end of the season.  It’s not clear whether Daniels was offered equivalent terms by Orient, but it seems Bournemouth can now splash the cash, so it may not be a bad move. Either way, Charlie’s shoes will be big ones to to fill and he’ll be missed by Os fans.

So all in all a bad week for full backs at Orient. Fortunately Leon McSweeney has been terrific at right back. It remains to be seen whether Tony Craig, who’s come in on loan from Millwall, can have the same impact as Charlie. Time will tell. All O’s fans hope that the club have enough to stay out of the bottom four come the end of the season!

Written by Andy Brown, We Are Going Up’s Leyton Orient Blogger

Andy tweets at @OrientMeatPie