Date: 24th November 2010 at 8:34pm
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Leyton Orient keeper Jason Brown saved an injury time penalty to earn the O’s a good away point at Peterborough.

The save was a good end to a difficult night for Brown, who had a hand in both Peterborough goals. Alex Revell and Jimmy Smith got on the score-sheet for Orient.

But it was Peterborough who started the brighter with a former O’s player leading their attack. Aaron Mclean spent years at Brisbane Road but failed to make any impact. But after dropping down into non-league, Mclean has re-emerged as a fine League 1 striker. And he proved to Orient last night what they missed out on.

After 18 minutes, Peterborough’s George Boyd latched onto some sloppy O’s defending and was allegedly brought down by O’s keeper Brown. The referee pointed to the spot when Orient and Brown were sure he had legally got to Boyd.

Mclean stepped up to fire home and give Peterborough the lead. The striker had the chance for a second seven minutes later but he headed wide whilst Dean Cox and Alex Revell had chances for Orient at the other end.

With both sides having chances, there would be only one man in a red shirt likely to find the net for Orient. Step up, Alex Revell. The in-form striker equalised just before the break, heading home from Cox’s cross for his 11th goal of the season.

Having a double-figure goal threat upfront is refreshing for Orient and always gives us a chance in league encounters (when he plays in attack rather than on the right-wing that is!)

Into the second-half Mclean once again came back to haunt his old club. With 61 minutes on the clock Brown slipped when trying to collect a simple cross, guiding the ball to Mclean for an easy finish. Its hard to know whether to sympathise or rage at Brown for the mistake but the goal once again put Orient on the back foot.

But London Road is gaining itself a reputation for goals, something that means you can never rule either team out from finding the net (an incredible 46 goals have been scored at the ground so far this season).

And after chances for Revell and Forbes missed the target earlier in the second period, Jimmy Smith was fed through to slot home with only seven minutes remaining.

But Orient came within inches of throwing away all their good work in the last minute. Standing in for Ben Chorley, Aaron Brown needlessly brought down Lee Tomlin in the box. After a shaky night, Brown must have been looking to redeem himself and he did. Brown’s penalty save denied Mclean the hat-trick.

The O’s comeback was not as late as last Saturday’s against Bournemouth but gaining points (thanks to the penalty save as well) in the closing stages of both games may prove vital at the end of the season.

The Teams:

Peterborough:

Lewis

Little, Langmead, Bennett, Williams

Davies (Mendez-Laing 90), Wesolowski, Clayton, Boyd

Mclean, Tomlin.

Leyton Orient:

Brown

Omozusi, A Brown, Forbes, Daniels

Spring, Whing (Mpoku 46), Smith, Cox

Revell (Walker 90), Téhoué (McGleish 72).
Jimmy Smith said on leytonorient.com:
‘As a team I didn’t think we defended so well, but we dug in and got something out of it.

‘The gaffer wants a bunch of lads who have a never-say-die mentality and that’s what we’ve got. I think we deserved a point at the end of the night.’

Kevin Nugent said on leytonorient.com:
‘The spirit of our side has never been in doubt, and we’ve come back twice today after dubious situations.

‘We’ve got a few injuries at the moment, but there’s real character and strength in the group.

‘Even with the problems we’ve had, we’ve created seven or eight good chances tonight, so we’re slightly disappointed we didn’t pick up all three points.’



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