08 December 2010

FA Cup Round 2 Replay: Leyton Orient 8 Droylsden 2, 7/12/10

A game which... was such a spectacle and so packed with incident that should an alien spacecraft ill-advisedly have chosen to land on top of the East Stand midway through extra-time, fans would have simply given it the most cursory of glances and muttered, 'Yeah, whatever, Tehoue's about to get his hatrick.' Ten goals, four sending offs... Where to even begin? Well, it should be noted that although 1-0 down at half-time and quite a few passes going astray, Orient weren't actually playing that badly, and but for the crossbar and two miraculous goal-line clearances, would have been 3-1 up.

In the second half, though hit on the break for Droylsden to go two-up, the Os were nothing if not committed and eventually got their just rewards with the two goals. Extra-time, meanwhile, was something akin to what would occur should a well-meaning, if misguided, PE teacher decide to round-up all the wheezing fat kids and make them play a practice game against the school first XI, just to show them that exercise can be fun. It isn't. I'm not saying that the Droylsden part-timers were unfit, but I'm sure I spotted a respirator in their physio's bag next to the 'magic sponge'.

Moment to savour... Should Simon Cowell ever launch a spin-off TV show entitled Odious Little Prick Factor, Droylsden's manager Dave Pace would surely give favourite Katie Waissel a run for her money. So it was a delight to see him escorted to the stands by a couple of coppers after squaring up to our very own Kevin Nugent, a man whose refusal to wear anything other than shorts in sub-Arctic temperatures proves he's not someone to be messed with.

Head in hands moment... Terrell Forbes ludicrously unnecessary challenge on Droylsden's Jody Banim that led to his first-half red card. Given that Banim seemed to be weighed down by a good 30 or 40 doughnuts, a couple of greasy fry-ups and a bag of lard, he took some knocking over too.

King for a day... A tough one. Charlie Daniels was in imperious form, driving into the box time after time and executing one mouth-watering slide tackle in front of the West Stand in the first half. Tehoue and McGleish, of course, got well-deserved hatricks and it was great to have Stephen Dawson back doing what he does best (running). But the award has to go to Paul-Jose M'poku who, during the second half and until his substitution in extra time, was - like a Joe McElderry CD - completely unplayable. 

Boo boy... Matthew Spring. But first, a disclaimer: The enormously-conked playmaker played pretty well in extra time, not least because the entire Droylsden midfield were cowering in their own penalty area whimpering, 'Please, God, no... Make it stop.' Before that, however, the Springster's inability to hit a pass to anyone other than an opposition player was somewhat worrying, given that passing is supposed to be his 'thing'.

In the dug out... Losing 1-0, down to 10 men and just about to come out for the second half. What would most managers do? Take off a striker, bolster the defence and hope you can nick a draw on the break, probably. Not Big Russ, he threw on another striker, played 3-3-3 and damn you all! Fair play to him.

What would Martin Ling have done? Claimed at the victorious press conference that, as an Orient man through and through, it was a proud day for him. Then the next day touted himself to Swindon because they have slightly bigger gates at the County Ground than they do at Brisbane Road.

Going to Wembley? Well, if Orient can beat Droylsden 8-2 then they are certainly a match for any Conference North side! Norwich might prove a bit trickier to overcome, though, but after tonight's memorable performance, there's no ruling out what might happen. We might even have a defence back by then, too.

31 comments:

  1. Couple of points you fail to mention,

    Droylsden FC are a part time club, not a full time one. It was obvious in extra time fitness would tell and it did.

    We held you to a deserved 2 - 0 for nearly a full ninety minutes, the O's are a professional league One club aren't they? :)

    You don't mention Jody Banim as being man of the match? I don't recall an O's player putting in as much effort throughout 90 minutes?


    Your comments on Dave Pace are unnecessary, he is a passionate manager and has Droylsden in his blood, if that makes him dislikeable then you are the poorer for it.

    Well done on going through and all the best against Norwich.

    PS Whilst wearing shorts in winter may seem hard to you, it did look a little suspect! :) I did have a good chat with him, assuming it was the bloke selling programs?

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  2. I admit that you were the best side in the 90 mins, but I'm sorry- your manager is a bit of a twat.

    My brother summed it up quite nicely- your team deserved the win, but your club did not.

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  3. Sorry you feel that way, it doesn't make much difference to me and I'm sure Dave doesn't mind either :)

    I went up to the game with an old friend who lives local and who is an O's fan, I was sat in the West stand with him. After about ten minutes of distasteful verbal abuse from O's fans sat around me at both Dave Pace and Droylsden in general I offered my apologies to my mate and asked to be escorted to the away fans by a steward.

    So while Russell Slade is most likely a better man than Dave Pace, saying the 'club did not' is a bit harsh?

    Sorry to take the moral high ground but is slagging off Dave Pace the only way you can deflect from what was a lucky result on the O's part? :)

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  4. Hope we get that lucky more often.

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  5. :)

    All the best for the cup run and the league.

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  6. Blimey... I don't often get Droylsden fans posting on here. But thanks for your comments - my comments on the Droylsden players' fitness were only made tongue-in-cheek and an excuse for an attempted cheap gag - in fact, I was really impressed with them.

    Dave Pace is a twat though.

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  7. I saw your blog from the 606 post Matt, enjoyed the game and the stadium although I got a called a lot of unpleasant things by some of your fans I suspect their not all like that :)

    PS Dave Pace is my hero lol

    If all managers showed the passion and commitment he does?

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  8. Over 90 mins you might have just edged it but at the end of the day it was 8-2 Cant really call us LUCKY !

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  9. As I said earlier, you were better over 90 mins and deserved to win. I have no problems with the club at all, apart from the manager.

    He is so cocky and stuck up his own backside it's unreal. 'We're going to win- I'm 110% sure about that' backs that up quite nicely I think. Nice tactics that he played last night- kick us to high heaven and pass around us.

    And, just to add to the evidence, he does not shake hands with our staff. Ok, you have a bust up and lose 8-2, but you should still shake hands IMO. Or come out and apologise afterwards.

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  10. OK then, you weren't lucky but you were fortunate! :D

    I did notice 69 Droylsden supporters sang for pretty much 90 minutes, didn't hear anything from your home support until your third goal went in? ;-)

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  11. To Anon @ 14:43,

    You call it cocky, I call it confident...

    Let's agree, for 90 minutes we passed the ball well, had good movement from the middle of the park and got two good goals.

    We're a non league outfit made up of part time footballers who nearly beat a League One team of supposedly far better quality players (number 27 is a loanee from Spurs I hear?),

    If you don't like Dave Pace, and I'm not joking, pop up to the Butcher's Arms and tell him. I'll be most happy to buy you a beer (or two).

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  12. To Anon @ 14:57,

    I will agree with you on the 90 mins.


    As you say, it could be called confidence, but it sounds so cocky it's unreal. Still, on the flip side, I would be annoyed if we were thrown out the cup like you guys were.

    Anyway, I ranted about the manager long enough...

    The number 27 is M'Poku (Spurs Academy). Quite good but did not have his best game. We missed Dean Cox on the right. He would have made so much of a difference.

    On your side, I like the way you knocked it about. Kilheeney and Banim look like very good prospects. Expect some interest in January.

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  13. He terrorised our left hand side pretty much all night, if he had had more support from his midfield?

    I have been following the O's for years on account of my mate from Leyton,

    It was my first visit to Brisbane Road and I did enjoy it and would tell anyone going to watch a game there :)

    Oh and Jody Banim ate all the pies!

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  14. Midfield was poor. You should come to a game when four side are open- the TJ South Stand has the most atmosphere, and a proper bar!!!!

    Thats the stand I recommend.

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