Date: 27th September 2006 at 1:20pm
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Matt Lockwood was Orient’s unlikely hat-trick hero as the O’s longest serving player scored three goals in thirteen minutes to cap a remarkable comeback. Lockwood is now the club’s top scorer with five goals and was absolutely delighted when he spoke to after the game.

The lads have been caning me saying I shanked most of them, but it’s the first time I’ve ever scored more than one goal in a game, let alone three, and the way it has worked out today is fantastic. Obviously I’m always confident stepping up for a penalty and then Daryl’s taken a short corner for me and it was so inviting to shoot from the edge of the box. I did think about crossing it for the last one, but I’d never scored a hat-trick, so I gave it a go and the keeper thought I was going to go across him, but it’s gone near post and I was glad to see it ripple the back of the net’.

Although ecstatic at his teams ability to come back from the depths of despair, Lockwood is clearly frustrated at Orient’s current generosity with the O’s having let in 25 goals in the past eleven games.

‘It’s a fantastic comeback but we were disappointed that we were 3-0 down. It’s been a familiar story this season and it’s something that we’ve got to stop. We’ve got to become the team scoring the first goal in games, but I think this could be the thing that changes our season, because being 3-0 down this feels almost bigger than a win.’

With a trip to Blackpool on the horizon, Orient know that they have a chance to record their first away win against a side that are yet to win at home this season. The importance of the clash is not lost on Lockwood who knows how vital a victory could be for the E10 outfit. ‘Blackpool lost tonight and if we start well their fans could get panicky and they might get back on their backs, so if we go there and play as well as we did in the closing stages we’ll have a hell of a chance. But we’ve got a long way to go because our away performances have been poor. We know we’ve got to improve on them and Blackpool would be a great place for us to go and do it.’