Date: 7th November 2010 at 7:47pm
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Leyton Orient will have to play a FA Cup First Round replay after drawing 1-1 with London rivals Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

Alex Revell had given the O’s a late first-half lead but the Daggers struck back immediately, with Danny Green finding the net with a free-kick only minutes later.

Surprisingly O’s manager Russell Slade sent out a full-strength side for the tie. With league survival a priority this season I was surprised that Slade didn’t give starts to fringe players including Aaron Brown and James Walker.

The London derby started brightly, with Revell forcing a good save in the third minute whilst up the other end Damien McCrory fired over.

But the crowds had to wait till the end of the first-half for the match to really get going. Striker Revell continued his good form for the O’s when he netted his seventh goal of the season, firing the ball low into the corner of the net.

But Orient’s defensive problems came back to haunt them straight away. Two of the main failings so far this season have been holding a lead and conceding from set-pieces. Minutes after going in front Dagenham’s Danny Green scored from a 25 yard free-kick.

The scrappy second half couldn’t quite live up to the last few minutes of the first period, Dean Cox having the best chance for the away side seven minutes from the end.

The midfielder should have scored when he was left unmarked in the box but Cox and Orient were denied by a last ditch block by Daggers keeper Chris Lewington.

Lewington’s save meant the game will go to a replay at Brisbane Road. After the disappointing defeat to Colchester it was important that the O’s didn’t lose. But a replay is an added 90 minutes that Slade and Orient could really do without during a tough League 1 campaign.

O’s manager Russell Slade told
‘I think we could have booked our place in the second round today,

‘I thought we had a couple of really good chances to seal the game in the second half.’

Oddly Slade went on to say on ‘I thought we were positive, despite some fans wanting us to go 4-4-2. But then that’s the sort of system that got England beaten in the World Cup when they thought they could take on the German midfield for three.

‘They’re entitled to their opinion, they pay the money, but with Mpoku missing it’s difficult to have natural width on both sides.’

I am not sure where Slade got such a comparison from and a more attacking 4-4-2 formation must be considered more by the manager if Orient are to go on and win more games.

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