Date: 6th February 2011 at 7:15pm
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Orient grabbed another good point against a promotion chasing team with a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.

Dean Cox’s last minute flick into the bottom corner of the net sealed a draw for the O’s, following the goalless draw with top of table Brighton on Tuesday night.

Finally having a squad with real depth means that Russell Slade had the luxury of resting some key players whilst others missed out due to injury. Alex Revell, Scott McGleish and Matt Spring started on the bench whilst Adam Chambers and Ben Chorley missed out due to injury.

Unsurprisingly Bournemouth justified their league position with a very positive start, forcing Jamie Jones into making three saves in the first ten minutes. Jones’ return to form after a long spell out with injury has really been key to the O’s good set of results recently.

The O’s first real chance of the first-half fell to Paul-Jose Mpoku but his 25-yard drive sailed just wide of the post. Jonathan Tehoue then came close with a flicked header from a Jason Crowe cross.

Both Mpoku and Tehoue got the chance for a rare start and whilst they both crafted the occasional chance, I still believe they are better suited to being impact subs. But saying that, having them both has options to start some games is a massive bonus for the O’s.

But Bournemouth took the lead in the match just before the break. The mistakes once again crept into Elliot Omozusi’s game when he lost the ball on the half way line.

After robbing Elliot of the ball, Michael Symes continued forward as Terrell Forbes backed off and found the bottom corner with a well placed shot.

Omozusi is obviously a very talented player but his occasional mistakes often end up being very costly for the O’s. With Andrew Whing playing well, Slade has a selection dilemma on his hands, which is an unusual luxury for an O’s boss.

Forbes was also at fault for the goal, backing-off Symes and letting him go for goal. Forbes is usually strong in defence but occasionally looked out-of-sorts yesterday without defensive partner Ben Chorley at the back, including a badly misjudged pass that forced Jones into a save.

Into the second period the strike pairing of Mpoku and Tehoue crafted a chance when the Tottenham loanee fed Tehoue on the wing but a tight angle and Bournemouth goalkeeper Shwan Jalal denied the Frenchman.

Bournemouth pushed on for a second goal, Symes coming close again before Danny Ings wasted a one-on-one with Jones.

And Orient and Cox punished the home side for that miss in the last minute of normal time. Captain Stephen Dawson played the ball in from the right and Cox did well to improvise and flick the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

It was a fantastic end to the game that means Orient have now only lost 1 in 17, a run and a set of performances that should command us a higher league place than 16th.

We have now also shown that we can compete against the best teams in the league and have got through 2 tough fixtures undefeated and with 2 points.

The Teams:

Bournemouth: Jalal; Smith, Cooper, Pearce, Cummings; Feeney, Robinson, Hollands, Pugh; Ings (Williamson 90+1), Symes (Fletcher 90+1)

Leyton Orient: Jones; Whing, Omozusi, Forbes, Daniels; Crowe (Carroll 73), Dawson, Spring, Cox; Téhoué (Revell 61), Mpoku (McGleish 73)
Russell Slade told leytonorient.com:
‘I’m delighted with the resilience and the attitude again.

‘I think Bournemouth started really brightly with a great tempo. I love watching this side – I think they’ll stay in the top six right to the end.

‘So it’s a great point and I think we carved open one or two nice openings in the second period, when we had greater control of the ball.

‘However, we didn’t punish them and I thought it was slipping away to be honest.

‘But Coxy came up with a little gem and we’ve got ourselves a point.’

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