Newly-resilient Orient make their point at Carlisle
IT would have taken a brave man to have put his mortgage money on Orient taking a point at half time on Saturday.
Carlisle United 2 Leyton Orient 2
IT would have taken a brave man to have put his mortgage money on Orient taking a point at half time on Saturday. O’s trailed 2-0 at the break after a lifeless performance during the opening 45 minutes and they looked odds-on to be heading for their first defeat in 2010. However, they stormed back after the interval as Ryan Jarvis bagged one goal, set up the equaliser and, in the end, could consider themselves a fraction unfortunate not to have taken all three points. It was a bemusing performance for O’s manager Geraint Williams and he labelled the opening 45 minutes as the most frustrating of his time in charge. “It was a well-earned point and after the second half we’re disappointed we didn’t take all three,” he said afterwards. “But, to be truthful, we were lucky that we were still able to get back into the game, because at half time it could have been beyond us.” After Jarvis had cut the deficit, O’s had a penalty appeal turned down when Jason Demetriou looked to have been brought down by Carlisle goalkeeper Adam Collin. But Orient’s appeals were waved away by referee Carl Boyeson. Williams, however, believed it should have been a spot-kick. “We had a stonewall penalty not given and the keeper’s made a great save from Jonathan Tehoue’s header. “We deserved at least a point from the second half, but we could have been out of it too.” Despite their poor first-half showing, Williams took plenty of positives from the game. “A lot of teams at 2-0 down on a cold day up at Carlisle wouldn’t have come back, so that speaks volumes for the players,” he said. “I’ve always said that the players are 100 per centers and once we put things right at half time, they went out and proved that again.” Williams was mystified by his side’s slow start. “I don’t know what happened. We said all the right things and we felt we prepared properly,” he said. “It was probably the most frustrating 45 minutes since I have been at the club, so at half time I just reminded the players of what has got us success in the last two matches. “The first thing for that is hard work – we’re not good enough to just turn up and beat teams, we have to work hard wherever we go.” With striker Scott McGleish struggling with a dead leg, James Scowcroft made a rare start, but O’s struggled to get out of first gear on a tricky pitch. It was Carlisle who grabbed the lead on 14 minutes when Joe Anyinsah found space on the edge of the box and beat Jamie Jones in the visiting goal. The O’s keeper was forced into a smart stop to deny Gary Madine just before the break, but there was still time for Ian Harte to head home a Matty Robson corner before the half-time whistle. After the interval, O’s rediscovered their touch and within a minute Sean Thornton fired over following a neat exchange with Jarvis. As O’s continued to press they were rewarded on 59 minutes when the impressive Nicky Adams cut in from the right and set up Scowcroft. His shot was blocked, but the ball fell invitingly for Jarvis to lash home from close range. Jones did well to keep out Harte’s free-kick, but after Orient’s penalty appeals were turned down at the other end, justice was done when the visitors levelled 13 minutes from time. Adam Chambers crossed for Jarvis and his header flicked off Danny Livesey and ended up in the corner of the net. O’s almost won the game six minutes from time when Adams crossed for substitute Jonathan T�hou�, but his header was touched behind by Collin. Then Adams, who had done so much to inspire the O’s, almost grabbed a last-gasp winner, but Livesey blocked his effort on the line.