Notts County v Leyton Orient fan's view

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Dean Cox had an opportunity for the O's in their draw with Notts County: Simon O'Connor Dean Cox had an opportunity for the O's in their draw with Notts County: Simon O'Connor

The 2013/2014 season has been a great season to be an Orient fan.

With a recording breaking start to the season, combined with being one of the highest goalscoring teams in England, there has been much to celebrate both home and away.

The team’s success is built upon a strong understanding and togetherness between the players and the manager nurtured over two seasons.

A solid back four captained by the excellent Nathan Clarke provides a strong foundation for the club’s creative talents to dominate the game. The ever reliable main strikers of Kevin Lisbie and David Mooney, fed by Dean Cox and League One’s brightest young talent Moses Odubajo, have fired Orient towards a promotion push.

It’s refreshing to see a team fighting for each other on the pitch and having the determination to play to the last minute in order to win games; it’s no fluke that Orient have taken so many points from losing positions this season.

What’s just as important is the family feel of the club off the pitch with insights to the camaraderie between the players evident through the insight that the club’s forward thinking media team provide.

This season has taken the team so much further than most might have expected. You can feel Orient fans getting nervous in the stands on Twitter and online forums.

Can we really gain promotion to the Championship when only a few seasons ago we were away at Rushden and Diamonds?

Games like our recent match with Notts County won’t do much to settle those fraying nerves. Orient came into the game as firm favourites, having won three on the bounce, up against a team hit for six by Rotherham the previous weekend.

Having arrived at the ground it was clear that the pitch was in poor condition and the excessive watering of the turf prior to kick off wasn’t helpful. Overall, it was a frustrating day on the pitch with the O’s not at their usual fluent best.

The pitch played its part, true, but there were a number of times where we got so close only for a misplaced pass or an unfortunate deflection to set us back. There were chances in both halves which we could have taken but overall a draw was a fair result.

We play our best with the ball at our feet and the interchange between four players culminating in Cox’s shot over the bar in the first half was a highlight. I wish we’d been able to see more of this but I can understand how the conditions influenced the style of play.

Nevertheless, we all know the players won’t give up and neither should the fans. A huge game at Brisbane Road next Saturday at home to Brentford could define our season and I am sure that the players will rise to the challenge as they have done throughout the campaign. This can still be our year.

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