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Summary

  • Leyton Orient suffer a devastating play-off final defeat as they are beaten 4-3 on penalties.
  • The O's did have the upper hand in the shoot-out at one stage after Jamie Jones had saved Lee Frecklington's effort. However, it's the Millers who are going up after Mathieu Baudry and Chris Dagnall saw their spot-kicks saved.
  • The final ended all-square at 2-2 so extra-time was required.
  • Rotherham levelled the game with an hour gone though, thanks to a brace from former O Alex Revell, the second a magnificent strike from 30 yards.
  • Orient had led 2-0 at half-time thanks to a stunning opening goal from Moses Odubajo, quickly followed by a second from Dean Cox.

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Still waiting for colleagues to return from press conference so I think we'll wrap this up now. Keep checking this site through the evening for reaction.

Leyton Orient have had an outstanding season and it looked like they would round it off in the best way possible with a Wembley triumph. Sadly, it wasn't to be.

Thanks for joining us today and we hope you've enjoyed the live coverage of the League 1 play-off final.

Keep the faith. Up the O's!

 

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Here's some more pictures from Action Images. No words are necessary.

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Back with you now. We'll bring you some reaction from the Orient camp in due course after they came so near to clinching promotion to the Championship, but ultimately it proved one step just too far.

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Watching Rotherham celebrate it's impossible not to wonder what might have been, such were the fine magins in the end. In the meantime, our match report is now online and can be read here.

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The Rotherham players are currently heading up the steps to my life to receive their medals and trophy. Some Orient players are standing on the pitch, others are sat down looking up and doubtless thinking what might have been.

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Russell Slade, Kevin Nugent and some of the O's players have gone to applaud the Orient fans - and rightly so. Others are sat on the floor looking lost.

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Honestly don't know what to say...or type. Just devastating.

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UTTER, UTTER HEARTBREAK. Chris Dagnall's spot-kick is saved and it's Rotherham who win promotion to the Championship.

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Richard Smallwood makes it 4-3 to Rotherham.

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And it stays all-square. Mathieu Baudry sees his spot-kick saved.

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Very cool. Two-step 'run up' and high into the roof of the net. 3-3.

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James Tavernier now.

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Brilliant from the O's skipper. Sends Collin the wrong way. 3-2.

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Now Nathan Clarke.

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Ben Pringle levels it up at 2-2.

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Well done John Lundstram. Calm as you like. Advantage O's. 2-1

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It was a terrible penalty in truth but James guessed right.

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AND JAMES SAVES!!!

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Now Lee Frecklington...

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Spot on! Lloyd James blasts the ball emphatically in to make it 1-1.

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And he scores. Down the centre of the goal; James dived to his right. 1-0.

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Rotherham to go first through Kieran Agard....

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One boost for the O's. The spot-kicks are going to be taken at the end of the stadium where their fans are.

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That the fate of a whole season should rest on a competition from 12 yards is, frankly, horrible.  But if you're confident enough to take one, back yourself and don't change your mind.

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And that's it. Leyton Orient and Rotherham United could not be separated over 120 minutes so their final Championship promotion place will be decided by penalties.

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Now an opportunity for Rotherham after a Haris Vuckic shot is deflected behind but Chris Dagnall does very well defensively to head cear from the corner.

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Less than five minutes to go...

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Almost a chance for Orient as Lloyd James sees a shot blocked following a long throw from the left and the ball pinballs around the Millers area but won't fall kindly for those in red.

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Into the final ten minutes and then it's penalties. Come on one of you guys in red, go and make yourself a hero!

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Almost an opening for the O's as Batt plays in Dagnall but a shooting opportunity was lost as he tried to take the ball back inside on his right foot and is dispossessed by Kari Arnason.

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Still 2-2 as we reach half-time in extra-time. And the tension cranks up still further.

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Final change for the Millers and their two-goal hero Revell is replaced by Haris Vuckic.

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And it was a good ball in by Lloyd James but Nathan Clarke is unable to direct his header on target.

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Good opportunity for the O's as Batt is tripped on the right edge of the penalty area near the goalline. Good delivery needed.

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Orient continue to be the more positive of the two sides as we approach the last five minutes of this first period.

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That should have read...produced *a brilliant* reflex save. Apologies.

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Jamie Jones has just produced reflex save to prevent Scott Cuthbert scoring an own goal with a bullet header after he was unable to get out of the way of a long throw which had been flicked on at the near post.

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David Mooney has become the fourth O's player to be booked following a foul.

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Here we go...Orient kick-off the first period of extra-time.

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And that's that. A cracking League 1 play-off final has ended 2-2 so the final Championship promotion place will be decide by extra-time and possibly the P word...no I'm not going near that just yet!

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But the delivery on all of them has not been of sufficient quality to really test the Rotherham defence.

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The O's are finishing strongly. Just forced a second corner in quick succession...make that three.

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Five minutes extra for the O's to try and find a winner, otherwise extra-time it is. Come on!

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Into the last ten minutes. Can the O's find a winner? Or will it be an additional 30 minutes? And stop biting your nails, even though it's unavoidable :)

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And here comes Dagnall, the man who secured Orient's place at Wembley, in place of Kevin Lisbie. Can the substitute repeat the trick again? Here's hoping...

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And Shaun Batt does indeed come on in place of goalscorer Cox in the 74th minute. Chris Dagnall about to enter the fray as well for the O's.

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The Batt-man is getting ready to come on for the O's...

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Midway through the second half and it remains 2-2. Tense is an understatement!

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It's now 2-2. Alex Revell has scored a secong against his former club...and it is simply fantastic.

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Moments before that 55th-minute goal, the Millers made their first change as Richard Brindley replaced Wes Thomas.

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And Rotherham are back in it. Orient concede one free-kick too many in the vicinity of their penalty area, Jamie Jones tries to punch a low delivery clear but doesn't get enough on it and Alex Revell stabs home to reduce the deficit to 2-1. 

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The second half is underway with the O's 45 minutes away from achieving promotion to the Championship for the first time in 32 years.

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And the O's are the first team to emerge from the tunnel for the second half. 

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And the celebration which followed...

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And here's Dean Cox putting the O's two goals to the good

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While we're waiting for the second half to start, here's a few images from a great opening 45 minutes for the O's via Action Images, starting with Moses Odubajo celebrating his stunning opener.

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And that's half-time...and wow! Leyton Orient lead 2-0 thanks to a stunner from Moses Odubajo and a tap-in from Dean Cox. A long way to go yet but the O's are currently heading for the Championship.

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Dare to dream Orient fans...you can start at least thinking about it! More good work from Odubajo who gets the ball on the right side of the area and squares across the six-yard area and there's Dean Cox to tap into the unguarded net.

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AND IT'S 2-0 TO THE O'S!

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Odubajo took his shirt off to celebrate and was subsequently booked.

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That is simply magnificent from Moses Odubajo. A free-kick is played forward after Craig Morgan had been booked for a foul on Kevin Lisbie, it's headed half clear to the edge of the area where Odubajo chests it down before cracking a stunning half-volley past the helpless Collin. 

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WHAT A GOAL! And the O's are in front...!!

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First yellow card of the game goes to O's Scott Cuthbert in the 31st minute for a body check on Ben Pringle. The right-back has no grounds to complain about the decision and he doesn't.

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Coming up to 15 minutes and Rotherham have had the better of it so far. But the O's have started well defensively.

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Just before that opening for the O's...
 

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Almost a first opening for Orient as David Mooney tried to release Kevin Lisbie in the area but Millers keeper Adam Collin was alert to the danger and was able to smother.

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First moment of concern for the O's just now as Ben Pringle played a free-kick into the area but the threat was comfortably dealt with.

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The first chorus of 'Stand Up For The Orient' booms out from my right. Fantastic noise!

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And we're off! Come on you O's!

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And here are the teams...

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Will bring you a picture of the teams in a moment. Now for the national anthem.

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And here they come as a huge roar goes up from the crowd.

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Just looking up at the big screen and the players are in the tunnel, almost ready to emerge. It's getting close, folks!

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And with kick-off fast approaching, a giant banner has just been passed across the Leyton Orient fans.

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The view from the press seats of the O's fans. Looking good guys...and make some noise!

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Back with you know with 20 minutes to go until kick-off.

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Please bare with me for a couple of minutes while I move from the press room into the stadium proper. Back in a moment or two...

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...and last, but definitely by no means least, it's Kevin Lisbie

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And up top, David Mooney...

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Hoping to cause havoc for the Rotherham defence down the left, it's Dean Cox

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...and Lloyd James

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In the midfield engine room, Romain Vincelot...

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On the right flank, Moses Odubajo

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At left-back, Elliot Omozusi

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...and Mathieu Baudry

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In the heart of the backline, skipper Nathan Clarke...

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At right-back, Scott Cuthbert.

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Here are the 11 players in pictures Russell Slade has selected as the O's go for promotion glory here at Wembley. Starting with goalkeeper Jamie Jones...

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Click here to read our story on the play-off final team news. Will be back with you all shortly...

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And the Millers replacements: Shearer (GK), Brindley, Davis, O'Connor, Milson, Vukic and Hitchcock.

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And here's the Rotherham United side. They're also unchanged from their 3-1 play-off semi-final second leg win against Preston North End....Collin; Tavernier, Morgan, Arnason, Skarz; Agard, Smallwood, Frecklington, Pringle; Revell and Thomas.

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And here's the Leyton Orient bench: Larkins (GK), Sawyer, Batt, Bartley, Dagnall, Lundstram and Simpson.

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So Russell Slade has opted to select an unchanged line-up from the team which beat Peterborough United 2-1 in the semi-final second leg to advance 3-2 on aggregate.

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It looks like we'll have news of the teams in any minute...

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One can only imagine what he'll do if he scores but here's Dean Cox looking ahead to living the boyhood dream this afternoon by playing at Wembley. Click here to read his thoughts.

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And here's the gaffer, Russell Slade, on how one final big united push between the O's team and fans can guide Leyton Orient to play-off final glory this afternoon. Click here to read it.

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Well that didn't go as I planned....Take two. You can read our preview of today's game by clicking here 

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Will post some links to some of the stories we've had online in the build-up to today's huge day in case you've not had the opportunity to read them yet, starting with our play-off final preview...

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Coming up to an hour-and-a-half to go before kick-off. Nervous? Excited? Or nice and calm. Tell us how you're feeling @GuardianOrient

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So as well as the not so small matter of promotion, the O's will also be hoping to take this back to E10 in a few hours...

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Hi everyone, this is Group Sports Editor Anthony Matthews and I'll be guiding you through all the build-up from Wembley and the game itself. In our play-off final team today are also the Guardian's O's correspondent Simon Mail and sports reporter Tom Bodell. As well as this blog, you can follow us on Twitter @GurdianOrient and we're also keeping across the #lofc hashtag.

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And a very good afternoon from Wembley Stadium for what we all hope will be Leyton Orient's day with promotion destiny back to the second tier of English football for the first time in 32 years.

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Rotherham have never won promotion via the play-offs in three previous attempts; they have reached the final once before, losing to Dagenham and Redbridge (3-2) in 2010.

Leyton Orient have only won two of their last 19 meetings with Rotherham in all competitions (D9 L8).

Steve Evans' side have scored 17 goals in the opening 15 minutes of league games this season (including play-offs), while the O's have managed just six.

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Speaking to the Guardian ahead of today's game, O's chairman Barry Hearn paid tribute to his manager in colouful fashion saying: “It’s a fairy story.
"The club is Sleeping Beauty, Russell Slade is Prince Charming and he has kissed her and woken her up.”
Click here to read the full interview

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Slade, who was voted League 1 manager of the year, is hoping to achieve his first promotion as a manger after experiencing play-off final heartbreak with Grimsby Town in 2006 and Yeovil Town a year later.
Speaking to the Guardian ahead of today's game, he said: “I learned a little bit from the previous finals, but in the end there is no written script and no formula.
"If you think there is a formula to a final, you are kidding yourself. The only formula is hard work and discipline.”
Click here to read the full interview
 

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The O's are one game away from a ending a 32-year wait to return to English football's second tier following a dramatic semi-final victory over Peterborough United.
The two sides were among the highest scorers in League 1 this term, with the O's netting 85 times, one less than the Millers, who are looking for back-to-back promotions. 
Russell Slade's side bounced back from their first defeat of the season away at Coventry to beat today's opponents 1-0 at Brisbane Road back in July.
A Kevin Lisbie strike was enough to secure all three points.
But the O's were beaten in the return fixture in February, with the Millers securing a 2-1 victory.
However, Orient finished a place above Rotheram in the final table on goal difference, securing third position after spending most of the season in the automatic promotion positions - an achievment made all the more remarkble as the club has not paid a transfer fee on a player, relying instead on loans and free transfers.

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Welcome to the Guardian's coverage of Leyton Orient's historic play-off final clash with Rotheram at Wembley.

Get in touch by sharing your thoughts and pictures during the build-up to the game by emailing jbunn@london.newsquest.co.uk or using the comments section below.

Joanne Draper sent us this picture of O's fan Coby preparing to leave for Wembley

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