Chambers returns for the O's
Leyton Orient 0 Stoke City 1 (aet) BRAVE O s slipped out of the Carling Cup on Wednesday night when Dave Kitson netted the only goal of the game in extra time, writes TREVOR DAVIES. It was rough justice on Orient, who had created numerous chances and push
Leyton Orient 0 Stoke City 1 (aet)
BRAVE O's slipped out of the Carling Cup on Wednesday night when Dave Kitson netted the only goal of the game in extra time, writes TREVOR DAVIES.
It was rough justice on Orient, who had created numerous chances and pushed their Premier League opponents all the way.
Even Stoke boss Tony Pulis admitted afterwards: "Orient played their part. It was a smashing game.
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"They created loads of chances and I think you have to give them credit."
Although Stoke fielded a virtual reserve side, as none of the 11 who started last weekend's league fixture, made the trip down to Brisbane Road, the O's pushed their weakened rivals all the way.
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Orient have not won at home game since early April, but played with pace and passion and created a catalogue of chances, especially in the first half, when Andros Townsend looked dangerous down the left and Ryan Jarvis was a handful up front.
Geraint Williams' side, who has leaked seven goals in their last three games, looked much more solid at the back and when Stoke did finally break the deadlock, it was a hugely controversial goal, as there looked to have been a foul on Townsend in the build up.
Even so, it was still a spectacular strike from Kitson, who crashed the ball into the top corner from 25 yards to finally break Orient's brave resistance four minutes into extra time.
Williams admitted after the game: "I think we deserved more than that. I don't usually stand here after a game and say we didn't get our just desserts, but on this occasion, I think that was the case."We were well organised defensively, showed a lot of endeavor and a bit of flair going forward.
"We created some good openings and if we'd have taken one or two of them, I'm sure we would have gone through."
One disappointment for the O's was that goalkeeper Jamie Jones was forced off the field on 31 minutes after being caught by an aerial challenge and was replaced by Glenn Morris.
"His hip is very tender at the moment," admitted Williams afterwards. "We will have to see how he is for Saturday."
But one crumb of comfort on the injury front was the return to action of combative midfielder Adam Chambers, who has not featured in the first team since last March.
He has finally recovered from calf and ankle injuries and came on during extra time and looked to have lost none of his sharpness as he produced several important tackles.
With Sean Thornton on the treatment table, Chambers' return was a big plus and Williams added: "It's good to have him back, there's no doubt he is a big player for us.