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LEYTON ORIENT v Notts County

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2013 by jackpinnock

Leyton Orient v Notts County at The Matchroom Stadium Npower League One

Leyton Orient moved into the top 10 of the Npower League 1 table and ended Notts County 22 game unbeaten away run, after a 2-1 victory at the Matchroom stadium.

David Mooney put the hosts in front just after the hour mark after heading from close range, from winger Lee Cook’s sublime cross.

The O’s instantly doubled their lead, when Cook’s corner was cleared, straight to the feet of Frenchman Mathieu Baudry, who lashed home in the bottom right corner.

Keith Curle’s men persisted with constant pressure, and it was finally rewarded when Neal Bishop’s cross found Enoch Showumni. He saw Lee Hughes unmarked, who simply could not miss.

The win for Russell Slade’s men was certainly deserved, dominating possession and missing countless scoring chances.

Mooney could have put the East London side ahead much earlier in the game, when his fierce effort went narrowly wide of Bartosz Bialkowski goal.

Striker Charlie MacDonald’s full blooded challenge on goalkeeper Bialkowski left the goalkeeper unable to carry on and was replaced by Fabian Speiss, which resulted in a staggering 8 minutes added time in the first half. Leyton Orient failed to capitalise on the injury, and both teams went in at 0-0.

Long serving O’s shot stopper, Jamie Jones, was quick to deny County’s Showumni and winger Alan Judge with fine saves, with Hughes beating Jones, but missing the goal as his header went wide of the post.

With a further 7 minutes injury time in the second half, both teams still failed to take advantage, and the Brisbane Road outfit hung onto the 2-1 lead to gain a priceless 3 points.

Leyton Orient’s next game is a tough encounter with high flying Swindon Town, before a trip to mid table Stevenage awaits Russell Slade’s men.

TEAM:

Leyton Orient– Jamie Jones, Scott Cuthbert, Ben Chorley, Mathieu Baudry, Gary Sawyer, Moses Odubajo, Martin Rowlands, Lloyd James, Lee Cook, David Mooney, Charlie MacDonald.

Subs– Dean Cox, Antony Griffith, Michael Symes, Jimmy Smith, Charlie Grainger, Afolabi Obafemi, Elliot Omozusi

MATCH UPDATES:

Leyton Orient 1 Notts County 0 (David Mooney 65)

Leyton Orient 2 Notts County 0 (Mathieu Baudry 68)

Leyton Orient 2 Notts County 1 (Jeff Hughes 78)

The 3 Promoted Clubs So Far

Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2012 by jackpinnock

As we know, Reading, Southampton and West Ham have achieved the fantastic accolade of winning promotion to the promised land of the Premier League. With the Npower Championship one of the difficult leagues to get out of, there is no question that these three teams have quality. However, three months of the season have flown by, so it begs the question, how have the Royals, the Saints and the Hammers done so far?

Reading

Brian McDermott’s side were the title winners of the Championship season after hitting form from January onwards, however, converting their form in the Championship to the Premier League has not been so easy. With one win in their last 16 league matches, Reading lie second from bottom in the relegation zone, and with the dreaded run of a congested Christmas fixture list, it doesn’t look like it will get any easier for the Royals. Nevertheless, there is no question there is quality in the side, and with McDermott’s preference to play stylish, slick football, they are a very eye catching team to watch. The summer acquisitions of Russian hitman, Pavel Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart, who recently spent last season on loan at London rivals Fulham, and playmaker, Danny Guthrie, who was released by Newcastle has definatly added creative spark and flair to the team. There is no doubt that with the January transfer window nearly upon us, McDermott would like to splash the cash from new owner Anton Zingarevich. The question still remains, can Reading stay up this season ?

Verdict

McDermott’s men need a reality check. I think spending the 2013/2014 season back in the Championship is going to happen.

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Southampton

The Saints have emulated the achievements of Norwich City by winning back to back promotions from the Npower League 1 and Npower Championship respectively. However, like Reading, they have struggled to cope with the pace of the Premier League, but it has to be said, Nigel Adkins would bite your hand off if the season finished now, as the St Mary’s outfit currently lie in 15th position. Southampton, whose last appearance in the Premier League was in 2004, have invested heavily during the summer transfer window with Jay Rodriguez moving from Burnley for a remarkable £7million, and Uruguayan prodigy Gaston Ramirez moving from Italian Serie A outfit, Bologna for a staggering £12 million. Furthermore, with the likes of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana still with the Saints, there is without a doubt, goals and creative flair in the side. The major flaw to with Nigek Adkins’ side is his defence, having conceded 32 goals in the top flight, the Saints have the leakiest back line in the division. With the January transfer fast approaching, surely a commanding, experienced centre half is the main priority for Southampton.

Verdict

Despite the unorganisation of his defence, I think Southampton have enough steel and flair for them to stay in the division for at least another season.

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West Ham

Since being relegated from the Premier League back in the 2010/2011 season, Sam Allardyce’ men have become a real force to be reckoned with. Losing just 8 games in the Npower Championship, and narrowly beating Blackpool in the Play-Off final at Wembley, the Hammers have started the Premier League campaign in tremendous fashion. The signings of skipper Kevin Nolan, defensive stalwart James Collins, winger Matt Jarvis, midfield powerhouse Mohammed Diame and England striker Andy Carroll have defiantly sent a message to fellow Premier League sides, saying we are not just settling for 17th place. With the mind blowing £11 million signing of Jarvis, and the surprising loan signing of Carroll from Liverpool, you can quite simply see where the threats are from West Ham. Also, with the goal poaching of Nolan, the Upton Park outfit will not struggle for goals this season. So far, the Hammers lie in 11th position, but on the basis of their current form, a top 10 finish is very much a realistic aim. Comfortable victories against Chelsea and Newcastle, and a valuable point against champions Manchester City will give West Ham’s men confidence against bigger clubs. However, surprisingly, you could say this is West Ham’s downfall, as competing against smaller teams that you would say are winnable, the Hammers seem to lose that confidence and let the opposition possess the game. Defeats against Wigan and Swansea are prime examples of why you cannot let your guard down. Nevertheless, with the Olympic Stadium guaranteed to be the Hammers new home from 2016, Allardyce would like to think to stay in the top flight until then, and then maybe mount a serious challenge for a European place.

Verdict

There is too much quality in the side for just a 14th or 15th place finish. I think a place in the top 10 should be a realistic aim for West Ham.

Andy Carroll