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Leyton Orient midfielder Cox: We deserved a replay

21:50 09 November 2014

Leyton Orient's Dean Cox. Pic: Adam Davy/PA

Leyton Orient's Dean Cox. Pic: Adam Davy/PA

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Leyton Orient winger Dean Cox believed they had done enough to earn a replay after bowing out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

Mike Jones’ first half free-kick settled the tie after Cox himself had seen Paul Rachubka deny him the opener.

On top of that they had Nathan Clarke’s header disallowed in the second period by referee Seb Stockbridge, and the 27-year-old felt a replay was the least they deserved.

“I felt we probably had the best chance in the first half with myself and the keeper has made a great save,” said Cox.

“We limited them to very little if I am honest until they got the free-kick. It was a good set piece and a good finish but from our point of view it is a little bit sloppy.

“Without a doubt we deserved a replay. The goalkeeper has made a great save in the first half and we huffed and puffed.

“We aren’t too sure what the referee has given for Clarke’s header and I haven’t seen it myself but we are maybe a bit begrudged to not get the equaliser and replay.”

“Apart from their goal, I can’t really remember a clear-cut chance that they had to be honest.”

Manager Mauro Milanese did change formation for the final 10 minutes or so as they went three at the back and pushed Cox into a more central role in a bid to get back into the contest.

And although it didn’t work this time, the former Brighton midfielder feels it’s something they could go with again.

“We worked on the 3-4-1-2 a little bit in training during the week,” he added.

“Mauro said in the last 10-15 minutes we might change shape to get myself on the ball and hopefully create something but it wasn’t to be. That’s a formation we may use again if need be.”

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