22 April 2012

Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 2, 21/4/12

A game in which... Orient did the footballing equivalent of spending 84 minutes tentatively and inexpertly building a makeshift sandcastle, only to see it kicked down by two mild-mannered eight-year-old girls. Or, to dispense with the metaphors and give a more technical appraisal of the game: Orient are shit.

For while, relatively speaking, the home side put in a reasonable performance in the first 45 minutes, one of Russell Slade's now legendary half-time team talks sent the Os back out on the pitch with all the fire in their bellies of someone who's just eaten a bowl of tofu-flavoured blancmange. Even then, Orient were just eight minutes from virtual League One safety, but given the confidence with which they're playing at the moment, the capitulation was all too predictable.

Moment of magic... Jamie Jones's athletic first-half save, pushing a rifling shot from Andy Williams against the bar. We can only dream what may have been had the Scouser been between the sticks all season. We might have only lost 4-0 to Brentford, for example.

Moment of madness... Yeovil's 92nd-minute equaliser, in which yet again Orient failed to defend a relatively innocuous set piece. I'm not saying the current team are bottlers, but there are 11 vacancies at the local Coca-Cola factory which they'd be well-qualified for.

Knight in shining armour... It says a lot about our season that one of our most valuable players has been a striker who's only scored 12 goals, but God knows we'd be down and out without Kevin Lisbie. Today the former Charlton man put in another battling, classy performance - and linked up well with Jamal Campbell-Ryce - but nonetheless he must feel at times like a lead singer who takes to the stage only to find his band has forgotten how to play all the songs. (Or never knew them in the first place.)

Pantomime horse... He's been out for six weeks and has actually been one of the better performers this season, but Leon McSweeney had a shocker - especially in the first half. Particularly bizarre was his decision to compensate for his woeful passing by electing to repeatedly shoot from 45 yards.

In the dug out... There's been much post-match talk about the wisdom of Russell substituting (injured) Adam Reed and Jamal Campbell-Ryce for Jimmy Smith and Calvin Andrew in the 90th minute, though to be honest wasting a bit of time to bring on an experienced midfielder and someone whose height might help in defending corners wasn't the most insane decision the manager's ever made. That was signing Andrew in the first place. More of an issue was the ongoing spectacle of just how negatively Slade presumably asked Orient to play in the second half.

A word on the opposition... Credit to the Yeovil fans for keeping up their bizarre pagan cowbell chant throughout the entirety of the first half - bombed out of their minds on cider, no doubt. And while their team can't be described as the classiest to play at Brisbane Road this season, they certainly aren't the worst. That honour goes to Orient.

Meanwhile on Twitter... An extraordinary spat between Dean Cox and ex-O Gabriel Zakuani, who tweeted "If Orient went down it would probably hurt me more than any player that's currently there." "No it wouldn't," Tiny fired back. "Disrespectful saying that... your spose to be an experienced pro, you should know better. You have been and gone your a Peterborough player concentrate on that." Go Coxy! If only we could translate all the energy the players put into tweeting how up for it they are into actual performances we might just scrape out of this mess.

Lesson for the day... Which this week comes from Russell Slade himself, who said post-match: "We're in a better position than what we were before today's game." Which is an interesting way of interpreting the fact that Chesterfield and Exeter both gained two points on us. Essentially, we're in deep trouble. Where the hell is Accrington Stanley anyway?

46 comments:

  1. 1) Bringing on subs in injury time doesn't waste time, as time is added on to compensate for it

    2) Why did he leave a hobbling Dean Leacock on while taking JCR off?

    Substitutions are always risky from the point of view of defending set pieces.

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  2. I'd say to your first point that referees rarely add on the actual time it takes to bring on substitutes, and to your second that with two minutes to go I can see the logic of taking off a small, tired winger in favour of a big striker. Reed was injured too. The substitutions weren't the reason we didn't win.

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  3. They add on 30 seconds for a substitution, which is about the time that was 'wasted' making the substitution.

    JCR wasn't injured and didn't seem tired to me. Leacock could barely stand up.

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  4. Great as always, cheers me up after every home game

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  5. Chesterfield coming up fast on the outside and they have the easiest run in.

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  6. Slade has totally lost the plot, for a change we played entertaining positive football until we went 2-0 up.
    Then the madness of negative sitting back on a lead kicked in along with the equally negative madness of taking off JCR and bringing on Calvin Andrew who goals to game ratio is pathetic .

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  7. Their number 5 got away from Chorley so many times from set pieces in the second half - only once did he stay with him and block his effort - he just didn't seem up for it and I think that slowly panicked our defence to that horrible capitulation at the end :(

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  8. Jamal Campbell-Ryce put in the best individual performance ive seen by an orient player in the short 4 years i've been watching. i know its a bit late but KEEP HOLD OF THE F*CK*N BALL YOU TWATS THERES 8 F*CKIN MUNUTES LEFT !!! DONT PANIC..Oh Too late...Keith x

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  9. FFS, Slade Made The Subs Because JCR Was Injured & Reed Picked Up A Knock. I'm Sick To Death Of Orient Supporters Giving Him Stick Over The Subs.
    He Wasn't To Blame With Our Two Players Colliding With Each Other And Giving Away That Needless Corner

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  10. JCR was injured? He looked fine to me. And Leacock was seriously crocked, which led to him not being able to keep possession up in the northwest corner near the end.

    As for the other stuff, Slade WAS to blame for us sitting back and only being one goal up. And as he signed (or decided to keep) most of this team, he's responsible for the clangers they drop.

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  11. Anyway it's job done, so far. We needed a win and a draw to stay up, we got the draw.

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