No Danny joy as O’s hit back to sting Bees
Orient 2 Brentford 1 ORIENT came from behind to beat London rivals Brentford on Saturday as a strike from Scott McGleish and a Danny Foster own goal saw the O s home, writes TREVOR DAVIES. Former Newcastle striker Carl Cort gave Brentford the perfect st
ORIENT came from behind to beat London rivals Brentford on Saturday as a strike from Scott McGleish and a Danny Foster own goal saw the O's home, writes TREVOR DAVIES.
Former Newcastle striker Carl Cort gave Brentford the perfect start when he headed in Sam Wood's free-kick from the right on four minutes, and it looked as if it was going to be one of those days when McGleish saw a 32nd-minute spot-kick saved by the legs of visiting keeper Nikki Bull.
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But, three minutes later, Orient's veteran hit-man fired his side level.
A Jason Demetriou cross from the left, was headed back by Tamika Mkandawire, and McGleish shrugged off his earlier disappointment, by spectacularly volleying home from 12 yards.
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After the game, a delighted McGleish said: "After last week's defeat by Colchester we knew we had to get a win no matter what.
"That ended our four-game unbeaten run at home and we said we had to start again, and that was today.
"You are going to get knocks in football and it's how quick you can pick yourself up and dust yourself off."
McGleish admitted it was not easy to forget his penalty miss.
"It's difficult, but I'm a bit older and wiser now and I knew another chance would come and I had to make sure I was ready for it and it came so quickly," he said as the win took Orient above Brentford in the table.
"After today, the gap between us and the teams above us has not got any bigger and we have created a little one behind us.
"We want to make it a fortress here at home and we're starting to put a few victories together.
"Every win, especially at home, is important. You want to make sure the crowd is on your side and they were tremendous for us today, which is important.
"I would say we were the better side. Brentford's fans might not agree, but that's football.
"Everyone has their opinions, but I played in the game and I felt we deserved it." And the striker was spot on.
The O's were second best for the first 20 minutes, but still engineered a couple of openings as Jimmy Smith fired wide from an Andros Townsend pass and then the on-loan winger drove an effort just past the post.
Brentford relied heavily on pace and power and Glenn Morris had to save well from Cort and then Wood fired wide, as the visitors dominated.
But slowly the O's took a grip and played the better football leading up to the break.
Ryan Jarvis was felled for the spot-kick and then saw a shot blocked before McGleish levelled. Then Charlie Daniels went close from distance.
After the break, the O's again had the edge, despite a great run from Ryan Dickson that resulted in Charlie MacDonald firing over.
Townsend went close with an effort from 25 yards, before Morris pulled off a fine save from Cleveland Taylor.
But, on 65 minutes, Townsend created the winner with a great run and cross from the right, that the luckless Foster could only head into his own net and O's were on their way to victory.