Mixed emotions for the goalscorers
Leyton Orient 1 Huddersfield Town 1 THERE were mixed emotions for the two goalscorers as the curtain came down on Orient s League One campaign, writes TREVOR DAVIES. Huddersfield took the lead before the break through Andy Booth, who was playing his final
Leyton Orient 1
Huddersfield Town 1
THERE were mixed emotions for the two goalscorers as the curtain came down on Orient's League One campaign, writes TREVOR DAVIES.
Huddersfield took the lead before the break through Andy Booth, who was playing his final game before retiring at the end of the season.
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While Dean Morgan rescued a point for the O's when he finished off an excellent second-half move.
Booth, a Huddersfield hero, struck the first blow on 24 minutes, when he latched on to Jimmy Smith's loose header and beat Orient keeper Jamie Jones to the ball, before rolling it into the net from close range.
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Orient, who were dismal in the first half, hit back after the break and levelled on 65 minutes.
Charlie Daniels played a perfect ball into the path of Smith's excellent run from midfield and the player, on loan from Chelsea, crossed from the left for Morgan to sweep home from six yards.
After the game, Huddersfield's veteran warhorse Booth, who had scored his 150th goal for the club, said: "It's been another great day, but each game gets harder and harder and that's why I'm calling it a day."
When Booth was substituted near the end he received a standing ovation and added: "I'd like to thank the Orient fans. The reception they gave me means a lot."
But while it was a day to remember for Booth, it was a bitter-sweet afternoon for Morgan.
After the game he expressed a desire to stay at the club, only to find out 48 hours later that there would be no contract offer.
Meanwhile, Orient boss Geraint Williams explained his reasons why he has signed just a one-year deal: "It's because it's a season," he said. "My last one was three months, so this is four times longer, so it's a massive extension.
"There was an offer of a longer contract, but I think you need to keep proving yourself and I've been doing that since I was 18.
"We have survived this season, but it's not okay just to accept that and through the summer I will sign the best players I can on the budget the club can provide.
"Each player will have a fitness programme to work on through the summer so they come back as fit as they are now.
"I will be trying to improve the squad and I want a winning mentality here," he said.