Rowland Lyons reflects on Leyton Orient guaranteeing a play-off spot despite Bardford City defeat

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Down but definitely not out: Leyton Orient were beaten by Bradford City on Saturday. Picture: Simon O'Connor Down but definitely not out: Leyton Orient were beaten by Bradford City on Saturday. Picture: Simon O'Connor

At least one degree of uncertainty has been removed after Saturday’s Bradford reverse.

In the worst case scenario, we can at the very least look forward to a season’s extension of a minimum of two or a maximum – with a Wembley trip into the bargain – of three games.

And, typical Leyton Orient. A couple of years ago we avoided relegation on the penultimate Saturday of the season when an Alan Judge-inspired Notts County relegated Wycombe Wanderers. Fast forward two seasons and it was Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final hosts, Sheffield United, who slipped up at Swindon Town. Don’t forget either that a play-off spot has been cemented before the end of March. Awesome.

Obviously, some fans might look back and ask ‘exactly where did it go wrong?' But, as I have said many a time, expectations were raised after that opening eight-game winning run. So, perhaps, the O’s have been victims of their own success. You also have to factor in the good form of Wolves, who seem to be up, and Brentford, although they may have peaked too early, given their current form.

But, this is a mild – at the very least – cause for celebration. We have come close to the play-offs a couple of times since our promotion in 2006 – as well as flirting with relegation on other occasions.

However, as the gaffer stated after our sixth home defeat – this time against a well-organised Bradford outfit – there is still much to play for.

The form though, is not good and as he alluded, goalscoring is becoming a bit of a problem.

Critics would say that with only two points from our last four games, we’re running on empty. But, with six matches to go, there are still plenty of points to play for, especially as Brentford appear to be stalling.

Rotherham – or Preston – could well sneak into that much-coveted second spot. It would, therefore, be the team that hits form at the right time that will more than likely be in the mix come May 3. Discount Orient at your peril, though.

Keep the faith,

Up the O’s.

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