Date: 29th November 2013 at 11:57am
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In his latest blog exclusively for VitalOrient, Charlie Long reflects on a tricky November for the O’s and also looks ahead to the Blades clash on Saturday.

With Saturdays fixture at home to Sheffield United ending what could have been a difficult month for Leyton Orient, Russell Slade`s men see themselves sitting in second place, only a point behind Wolves.

At the start of the month it was said that November could be a tough time for the O`s especially because of away fixtures against Peterborough, Swindon and Bristol City. Orient started the month in blistering form by producing a fantastic performance at London Road, running out 3-1 winners against Darren Ferguson`s Peterborough. After a 5-2 home win against Southport in the FA Cup, the O`s then went on to lose two successive matches for the first time this season against Stevenage and Preston.

The two losses could have led to a decline in form especially with the away fixtures away to Swindon and Bristol City coming in quick succession, but the team responded incredibly, starting away at Swindon. Despite falling behind to Nicky Ajose`s goal on 23 minutes, it took Orient less than a minute to get back on level terms through David Mooney`s clever lob on the edge of the area. Moses Odubajo then grabbed a goal either side of half time to secure a 3-1 win. Orient returned to the top of the table after Wolves could only manage a draw at home to Brentford, but had little time to celebrate the win as they prepared to face Bristol City on Tuesday night.

Even though Bristol City have not performed to the level many may have expected them to have so far this season, Ashton Gate certainly provides a stern test for any team in this division. Sporting the away strip of gold and black, Orient started the game well before taking the lead through David Mooney, who now tops the league one top goal scorer charts with 13. However, it was on 58 minutes that the hosts levelled the score through Sam Baldock, who swept the ball in from close range following a Bristol City corner. With 70 minutes on the clock, the O`s took the lead for the second time of the night through Dean Cox. The wide man tucked in the rebound after City keeper Elliot Parish failed to hold on to Odubajo`s shot. Orient`s lead did not last long though, as on 73 minutes Scott Cuthbert unfortunately turned the ball in to his own net. The match ended 2-2 and was to be Sean O`Driscoll`s final match in charge of Bristol City after he was fired on Thursday.

So next up for Orient is the visit of Sheffield United. The Blades started the season poorly finding themselves near the bottom of the table in 22nd position which resulted in the sacking of David Weird despite only being in charge of the club for four months. With Nigel Clough now in charge of the club, Sheffield United are looking to climb the table but continue to struggle to find consistency and still remain just inside the relegation places, one point below Tranmere.

An Orient win on Saturday could see them return to the top of the table if Wolves fail to win away to Peterborough, which will see top place swap hands for the fourth consecutive fixture.

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