Search

Free 40-page supplement celebrating the Queen’s record reign in this week’s Recorder

On sale September 3

Cox ‘sick to the stomach’

13:00 28 May 2014

Dean Cox is in tears at the final whistle  (pic: Simon O

Dean Cox is in tears at the final whistle (pic: Simon O'Connor)

Simon O'Connor Photography

Orient goalscorer laments Wembley loss

Dean Cox could barely disguise his pain following Orient’s penalty shoot-out defeat in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

Cox had put O’s 2-0 up against Rotherham in the first half, tapping in from close range for his 17th goal of the season after Moses Odubajo’s stunning opener.

But Alex Revell’s second-half brace got the Millers back on terms before Cox was replaced by Shaun Batt 16 minutes from time.

Neither side could find a winner in extra time, though, and Mathieu Baudry and Chris Dagnall missed from the spot as O’s were consigned to another year in English football’s third tier.

“Devastated. It’s just sickening, just sick to the stomach to be honest,” said Cox, who paid tribute to teammate Odubajo.

“He’s been like that all season for us, he’s been fantastic. It’s a worldy strike and he sets me up for my second and we go in at half-time 2-0.

“(I was thinking) Please just hit it, and luckily for me it went in.”

Revell hit back soon after the restart, stabbing home from close range when Jamie Jones could not gather a free-kick.

And Revell squared matters with a stunning 35-yard half volley, with Cox adding: “Maybe we invited them on a little bit, but there’s not a lot you can do about their second goal, it’s a fantastic strike from Alex Revell.

“We worked hard in extra time and penalties it’s 50-50, it’s anyone’s game on penalties.

“I thought we were moving it around quite nicely. It was about getting the cutting edge to get another goal, but it wasn’t to be and it’s just devastating.”

Jones saved from Lee Frecklington early in the shoot-out, as Lloyd James, John Lundstram and Nathan Clarke converted Orient’s first three spot-kicks.

But Baudry and Dagnall saw their efforts saved by Alan Collin as Rotherham won the shoot-out 4-3 and Cox admitted it was going to be hard to face up to the defeat in the coming days and weeks.

He added: “It’s a million dollar question. It’s difficult, it will probably be best just to go on holiday to be honest because it’s going to be all over Sky Sports.

“The only way of getting away is getting out of the country, so book a holiday, go away refresh and come back raring to go.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 17:30
Orient's Scott Kashket holds off an MK Dons rival (pic: Simon O'Connor)

George Sessions provides player ratings following the 2-1 defeat to Luton Town

Yesterday, 16:30
Daggers coach Darren Currie (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dagenham & Redbridge coach does not think team will be affected by players leaving for international duty

Yesterday, 15:52
PGE Skra Belchatow celebrate their success (pic: Pawel Piotrowski/Volleyball England)

Wlazly leads Polish club into action at Copper Box

Yesterday, 15:30
Land Rover Ambassador and Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Lewis Moody is backing the Return to Rugby initiative (pic: David Parry/PA)

Former England star supporting new initiative

Most read sport

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder