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By Tom Taylor at Brisbane Road
Saturday, October 26, 2013
League One: Leyton Orient 1 Rotherham 0
Orient manager Russell Slade lauded his “special group” after seeing his side bounce back from midweek defeat to succeed 1-0 against Rotherham United.
The O’s made it a staggering 90 points from the last 44 league games as Kevin Lisbie’s first half strike was enough to seal a valuable three points.
Speaking after the result Slade was delighted to see his side grab another positive result.
“It’s a very important win, you could say that at least,” he said.
“But you’ve got to look at the bigger picture and the smaller picture. The smaller picture was to bounce back today and that was important.
“We have a special group and we’re doing particularly well but my message to the players was that we don’t have to change anything. Before today, in terms of our league performance, we had 87 points from the last 43 games so we didn’t have to change a thing.”
The hosts began the contest in positive fashion as they aimed to shrug off Tuesday’s defeat to Coventry City. Lloyd James forced Adam Collin into his first save on a busy afternoon for the Rotherham keeper.
Both sides were unable to create clear opportunities until the east Londoners managed to grab the pivotal breakthrough. David Mooney’s clever chip pass found Moses Odubajo on the right edge of the penalty box where, with time, he found Dean Cox.
Cox sliced his first effort and forced Collin into an awkward tip for his second attempt which was goalbound until the keeper palmed the ball away. But he could only push it into the path of Lisbie who fired home with two Rotherham defenders on the line.
That was the Jamican’s 40th strike in an Orient shirt and he could have made it 41 six minutes later. James’ deep whipping cross found the in-form forward but he couldn’t aim his header on target.
Rotherham were still pushing for an equaliser before the break and almost got a fluke goal when Michael O’Connor’s in-swinging corner dipped over Jamie Jones but just narrowly wide of the far post.
Orient began the second period like they started the first with Mooney forcing Collin into a save following a low curling effort.
The visitors quickly changed their formation to match the hosts 4-4-2 in the second half and Steve Evans’ plan was appearing to work as the Yorkshire side starting to attack with endeavour.
Kieran Agard’s pace was causing problems and he should have done better when he found himself 10 yards out but saw his angled shot fly wide of Jones’ near post.
Lee Frecklington and Alex Revell both had significant chances for the Millers, but both players failed to control the ball when in excellent positions with Evans’ men struggling to properly test the Orient goal.
With time running out Rotherham went with three up front as they chased an unlikely equaliser. But it was the O’s who could have wrapped it up in the dying moments as first Shaun Batt and then Cox were superbly thwarted by the fantastic Collin.
Jayden Stockley saw his goalbound effort cleared off the line by the Rotherham defence deep into injury time as the O’s held on for a vital victory.
Leyton Orient: Jones, Omozusi, Sawyer, Vincelot, Cuthbert, Cox, James (Bartley 68), Lisbie (Stockley 82), Mooney (Batt 68), Odubajo, Clarke (C)
Unused substitutes: Larkins, Lasimant, Gorman, Sutherland
Goals: Lisbie (27)
Booked: Bartley (90)
Rotherham: Collin, Skarz (Tubbs 84), Arnason, Frecklington, Revell (Eaves 80), O’Connor (Nardiello 56), Bradley, Milsom, Pringle, Morgan (C), Agard
Unused substitutes: Shearer, Brindley, Mills, Tidser,
Booked: Arnason (34) ,Morgan (42)
Attendance: 5,609 (533) Away
Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey)