The 5-0 hangover of New Years Day seems like a distant memory. Exactly a month later Orient held league leaders Brighton to an entertaining 0-0 draw at Brisbane Road.
The draw continues the O`s fantastic recent form, losing only once in 16 games (a record that the top Premier League teams would be proud of).
Both teams came into the game full of confidence but Brighton started the brighter, giving their large away support something to cheer about. They showed why they are top of the league with slick pass and move football.
Orient’s night was made more difficult by the early departure of Adam Chambers. Chambers had only just returned from an hamstring injury but after only five minutes he had to be subbed. It is a concern with Dawson also struggling with a slight knock.
Chances in the first-half were very rare for both sides, former Brighton player Dean Cox forcing a good save from Casper Ankergren with a long range effort.
The O’s were having some effect down the right, with Andrew Whing often overlapping but his delieveries never troubled Brighton’s defence.
At the other end the away side also struggled to break down the O’s, their best first-half chance coming from a Ben Chorley mistake but Jamie Jones made a good save to deny Brighton.
The first 45 minutes was more notable not for the football but for the terrible standard of the refereeing. After a couple of weeks of reasonable officials, last night’s game was marred by the whistle-happy referee who constantly stopped the play and often made the wrong decisions.
It is disappointing when it is the officials that are the main talking point of the first-half rather than the football.
Into the second period the O’s started having more impact on the game, slotting their own pass and move football together to trouble the oppoisiton.
But again chances were few and far between, Brighton carving out the best opportunity when Elliott Bennett was slotted through but could only fire wide of the post.
Other than picking up a point against a very good team, another positive point for the O’s was the first sub appearance of Jason Crowe, who looked confident on the ball in midfield.
On paper the game was far from exciting, with no goals and very few shots on target but in truth it was a very good goalless draw.
Both teams defended well and Orient showed just how far they have come this season in holding and often dominating the league leaders.
Leyton Orient: Jones; Whing, Forbes, Chorley, Daniels; Spring (Crowe 78); Smith, Chambers (Dawson 5), Cox; Revell, Téhoué (Mpoku 61).
Brighton: Ankergren; Calderón, Greer, El-Abd, Painter; Bridcutt; Bennett, Dicker, Sparrow (Noone 57); Murray (Wood 57), Barnes.
Russell Slade told leytonorient.com:
‘We felt disappointed at the end of the game and I think it tells a million stories that we’re disappointed with a point against the League leaders.
‘I thought we controlled lots of the second half to be honest and were a little bit unlucky.
‘There’s a lot of football to be played and we want to concentrate on getting up the table.’
Andrew Whing told leytonorient.com:
‘They’re top of the League, running away with it, and for us to come away with a point after losing so heavily there is fantastic.
‘It just shows how far we’ve come in a few weeks really.
‘Our heads are focused on the League. We don’t want our unbeaten run to end and last night we put in a good performance against the League leaders.’
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