O’s defender Cuthbert apologises for role in late Gillingham winner

09:30 17 November 2014


O's Scott Cuthbert cuts a dejected figure at the end of Saturday's 3-2 defeat to Gillingham. Pic: Simon O'Connor.

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Leyton Orient’s Scott Cuthbert apologised for his part in Gillingham’s late winner on Saturday.

Chris Dagnall had pulled the O’s level at 2-2 in stoppage time against the 10-man hosts, but with virtually the last kick of the game Gills substitute Cody McDonald got the better of the 27-year-old to slot home.

And Cuthbert admitted conceding so late on was a bitter pill to swallow, while also taking the blame for McDonald’s strike.

“I will hold my hands up for the last goal. That was my man who scored and I am massively disappointed,” said Cuthbert.

“I just switched off a little bit. I thought I was going to win the header and the guy has come in with his foot and beat me to the ball.

“It’s gut wrenching to get ourselves back in the game against 10 men and then to switch off at a corner is massively frustrating.”

Cuthbert was the thick of the action from the off on Saturday, with referee Darren Deadman awarding a penalty for his challenge on Brennan Dickenson after just six minutes.

Deadman’s decision to point to the spot took many by surprise, and the Scottish defender was also shocked.

“I thought I won the ball and then took the man but the ref didn’t see it that way,” he added.

“I think we showed character to get the second goal but at the end of the day we have gifted them the goal with basically the last kick of the game and that is massively disappointing.”

While the O’s have fared better on the road so far this term, Saturday’s defeat was their second successive away loss and that also plunged them into the relegation zone.

And despite their woes this season, the team have always been backed by a strong travelling contingent.

That was the case again at the weekend, with 804 making the trip to a wet Priestfield. And Cuthbert feels the supporters more than anyone deserve to see the O’s turn their fortunes around.

“We just want to thank them again. They have enjoyed a lot of success on the road apart from the last two games,” said the defender.

“They come and they back us and they deserve more than anyone to see some results.”


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