Date: 28th January 2006 at 10:16pm
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Martin Ling was understandably disappointed with the final scoreline at The Valley, but only had words of praise and admiration for his side. Having seen his side battle back to level against their Premiership rivals, Ling was left rueing a cruel last minute strike which deprived the O’s of the replay that their performace had deserved.

Reflecting on the game Ling said,?I don’t like being a glorious loser but over two Premiership ties we’ll take a lot of credit’. Ling continued,’We matched them and created a few chances but to lose to a deflected free-kick is a disappointment.Commenting on his players, Ling said,’I’m proud of what the lads have done in the Cup run, it’s been financially rewarding and I feel we deserved a replay’. Ling went on to add,’The players did enough to warrant that and it looked for all the world like we’d get it’.

Commenting on the performance, Ling observed, ‘The last hour was better than the first half-hour, we had loads of chances at the end of the first half’. Ling went on to add,’We scored quite a fortunate equaliser, it went through their goalkeeper, but Lee Steele got us back in the game and then they got a fortunate winner’. Ling was keen to credit Orient’s performance stating that, ‘They raised the game to the standard they needed to but there weren’t many bad performances from the Charlton players, who know the nitty-gritty of the game’.

Charlton manager, Alan Curbishley,was a relieved man after his side progressed to the 5th Round of the F.A.Cup, but he still found time to praise Orient’s performance. Looking back on the match, Curbishley said,’After we got the opener we seemed to drop off. Orient worked their way back into it because they are a good side and the movement of their front two was excellent’. Curbishley’s side were made to go the distance by the O’s and the Addick’s manager has urged O’s fans to get down to Brisbane Road and push their side on towards promotion. ‘Great credit to Orient – they played fantastically well and like I said last week, the extra fans they have attracted because of their cup run have got to get themselves down to Brisbane Road and support them week-in, week-out’, Curbishley said.