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Leyton Orient v Gillingham fan's view
Typical Leyton Orient! As soon as probably many – including myself – had written off our automatic promotion hopes, then they go and turn out a ‘worldy’ performance like that, to keep Brentford in our sights.
Four goals in the opening 35 minutes were enough to see us through to a much-needed win.
But, these weren’t scrappy goals. All four were gems, but the simplicity about them perhaps showed the players weren’t suffering from any nerves or promotion hangover.
Far from it as for once and as the manager alluded post-match – the ‘right’ players – the strikers – were on song with Dean Cox again bridging the gap between provider and marksman.
Perhaps the most satisfying strike was Kevin Lisbie’s. Not only did it end a great move, but goals or not, ‘Lis’ has been absolutely outstanding all season. Whilst not getting as many goals as he might feel he deserves, his hold-up play and linking-up with his strike partners and the midfield was par-excellence.
Then for good measure throw in the goals that David Mooney, ‘Coxy’ and late sub Chris Dagnall contributed and you had almost the complete performance.
This first win for a shade over a month couldn’t have come sooner and there is absolutely no point in bemoaning our luck over the seven subsequent games.
All I’ll say is we are still in with a shout and should Brentford and Rotherham, both with tougher run-ins, slip up despite the Bees being seven points above us there is always the remotest of chances we might creep into that automatic promotion slot.
It’s unlikely, but once this Easter weekend’s fixtures have been completed, then we should have a better idea of how the remainder of the season might pan out.
So, with Crawley (away) next up on Good Friday, a team from whom we have never taken league points, with little to play for and the already-promoted Wolves at home before the live TV cameras on Bank Holiday Monday, you can hardly envisage a dull moment in the season’s final furlong.
With that in mind, write off the O’s promotion hopes at your peril!
Keep the faith,
Up the O’s.
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