Date: 30th August 2013 at 4:46pm
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In his latest blog exclusively for VitalOrient reflects on Tuesday’s Capital One Cup defeat to Premier League Hull City.

On Tuesday night once the final whistle had been blown, the feeling of being on the losing side returned. But instead of feeling that some players had underperformed and not played to their full potential, it was a feeling of pride as we had given the best we could against a premiership side in Hull. Throughout the match all of the players showed commitment and organisation, harrying the opposition in a bid to win possession back as soon as possible yet keeping the discipline to make sure that no one drifted out of their positions.

Slade made one change to the side which beat Crewe at the weekend, with Marvin Bartley coming in to the side for Baudry, seeing Odubajo filling in at right back and Orients midfield not having a recognised right midfielder, resulting in Vincelot coming across to the right at times to prevent Odubajo from being outnumbered by the opposition, with Bartley and James in the centre of the midfield. Slade`s tactics allowed Orient to overload on the left hand side with Omozuzi and Cox, just as Orient used to do when Charlie Daniels was at the club, but the formation also allowed Odubajo a lot of space to roam forward when Orient had possession.

For much of the match Orient pressed and controlled the game, but as the game went on and approached extra time, the home side started to tire and slow down the pace of the game. After a tight first half of extra time which saw the match start to open up due to tired legs in the midfield, Steve Bruce introduced Robbie Brady at the half way stage of extra time and the Irishman turned in to the super sub, scoring the decisive goal two minutes after coming on despite Orients frantic efforts in the box to prevent the strike. After the goal had gone in Orient tried to get an equaliser, with Russell Slade and Kevin Nugent pushing the team forward and going to three at the back, in a bid to get the goal. Despite Orients best efforts, Hull prevented Orient from creating many chances and saw out the 1-0 win. At the final whistle the fans made it clear that the player`s efforts had been appreciated, with many of the fans staying to clap the players off the pitch and breaking in to the chant of “We are top of the league”.

As Monday`s transfer deadline looms, Orient will be hoping to keep on to several players who have started the season in fine form such as Moses Odubajo and Dean Cox, with Russell Slade saying earlier this week that it will have to be an “extortionate” offer for any bid to be accepted. It is also rumoured that Orient are looking to bring in another striker before Mondays deadline.

So after Orients fantastic start to the campaign, Saturday sees us return to league commitments away at unbeaten Colchester, where we will be looking to carrying on our winning run in the league in a bid to make this our best ever start to a season. Here`s to another three points on Saturday.