Leyton Orient v Rotherham fan's view: Our time will come again

The O's suffered a heartbreaking defeat on penalties: Simon O'Connor

The O's suffered a heartbreaking defeat on penalties: Simon O'Connor

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Someone had to win. Unfortunately, in what ultimately proved to be the season of ‘almost’ the O’s came up short.

Missed out on promotion by a couple of wins and at Wembley they threw away a two-goal lead and failed in the spot-kicks lottery.

Those are the bare facts. But, you shouldn’t take away the immense pride I am sure everyone felt for the team and throughout this ‘season of seasons’.

It was unfortunate too that we were conquered by a side which finished below us in the final classification. After two close league games, this final was surely always going to down to wire – but it was former ‘O’ Alex Revell – reportedly offered a better deal to go to the Millers almost three years back – who once again came back to haunt us.

They say a two-goal lead is one of the most dangerous in football. The next third goal was always going to be crucial and by the way we started the second-half, I thought there was only going to be one winner.

You have to give credit to Rotherham though. They must have received a half-time grilling from their management and the free-kick that lead to their opener was delivered into almost no-mans land leaving our keeper with the dilemma of staying on his line or attempting a clearance.

The latter choice proved fatal but thanks to a deflection from a team-mate, the slip proved to be the turning point.

From then on, I thought there was only going to be one winner – not us - especially after Revell’s ‘worldy’ leveller – so it was perhaps a relief to get past extra-time unscathed – but unfortunate to lose out in the penalty shoot-out lottery.

Our time will come again surely and I am convinced this experience will only serve to make the team and club as a whole stronger and those 20,000 or so present on Sunday will come back in their droves to Brisbane Road next season.

If the noise generated at Wembley and to a lesser extent at home to Peterborough a couple of weeks – is anything to go by – then I hope we can make our home ground a fortress on and off the pitch.

Up the O’s,

Keep the faith.

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2:44pm Tue 27 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Pigs may fly. Slade should have taken his cap off more and Dignal should hang his head in shame like when he approached the ball to take the penalty.
Pigs may fly. Slade should have taken his cap off more and Dignal should hang his head in shame like when he approached the ball to take the penalty. Villagecranberry
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7:52pm Tue 27 May 14

ColinOrient says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Pigs may fly. Slade should have taken his cap off more and Dignal should hang his head in shame like when he approached the ball to take the penalty.
Hopefully you're one pig who might fly aw.ay for good. You obviously know nothing about Leyton Orient so do not slate Chris Dagnall for missing his penalty. He, like Baudry, must shoulder no blame for missing their spot-kicks. Anyone who has an ounce of football know-how knows penalty misses can happen even in a World cup final. Like this great report says, the O's fans will be back next season to cheer this fantastic bunch of players and fine manager hopefully to promotion.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Pigs may fly. Slade should have taken his cap off more and Dignal should hang his head in shame like when he approached the ball to take the penalty.[/p][/quote]Hopefully you're one pig who might fly aw.ay for good. You obviously know nothing about Leyton Orient so do not slate Chris Dagnall for missing his penalty. He, like Baudry, must shoulder no blame for missing their spot-kicks. Anyone who has an ounce of football know-how knows penalty misses can happen even in a World cup final. Like this great report says, the O's fans will be back next season to cheer this fantastic bunch of players and fine manager hopefully to promotion. ColinOrient
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2:58pm Wed 28 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

ColinOrient wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Pigs may fly. Slade should have taken his cap off more and Dignal should hang his head in shame like when he approached the ball to take the penalty.
Hopefully you're one pig who might fly aw.ay for good. You obviously know nothing about Leyton Orient so do not slate Chris Dagnall for missing his penalty. He, like Baudry, must shoulder no blame for missing their spot-kicks. Anyone who has an ounce of football know-how knows penalty misses can happen even in a World cup final. Like this great report says, the O's fans will be back next season to cheer this fantastic bunch of players and fine manager hopefully to promotion.
He did not look positive enough, he reluctantly took the penalty and I wasted £80 on a ticket watching that shower lose a 2 goal lead plus my 20-1 bet that they would win. I am glad I did not waste money going over there during the season. It was a terrible day and that Slade did not take his hat off which was an omen.
[quote][p][bold]ColinOrient[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Pigs may fly. Slade should have taken his cap off more and Dignal should hang his head in shame like when he approached the ball to take the penalty.[/p][/quote]Hopefully you're one pig who might fly aw.ay for good. You obviously know nothing about Leyton Orient so do not slate Chris Dagnall for missing his penalty. He, like Baudry, must shoulder no blame for missing their spot-kicks. Anyone who has an ounce of football know-how knows penalty misses can happen even in a World cup final. Like this great report says, the O's fans will be back next season to cheer this fantastic bunch of players and fine manager hopefully to promotion.[/p][/quote]He did not look positive enough, he reluctantly took the penalty and I wasted £80 on a ticket watching that shower lose a 2 goal lead plus my 20-1 bet that they would win. I am glad I did not waste money going over there during the season. It was a terrible day and that Slade did not take his hat off which was an omen. Villagecranberry
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