Robinson questions desire as Orient rise
LEYTON ORIENT 2 MK DONS ..........0
pursuit of a play-off place with a win necessary to help prevent another season in English football’s third tier.
Despite Dons having collected ten points from the last 12 available, the hosts began the better as Ian McLoughlin denied Moses Odubajo.
MK Dons’ on loan striker Patrick Bamford should have opened the scoring but only flicked Dean Lewington’s pass into the side-netting before Jones clawed away Williams’ free kicks either side of half time.
But Orient eventually grabbed the lead on 82 minutes as Sawyer drove the ball past McLoughlin for his first goal since December 2009 before Russell Slade’s side doubled their lead as Lisbie stabbed home his16th goal of the season.
“We’re two points off with two games to go and Swindon have a game in hand,” Slade explained.“If we can possibly take it to the last day of the season that would be fantastic.
“We desperately wanted that win because as I say we’ve been a bit disappointing on our travels over the last two games but certainly our home form has made up for that.You can only control the controllables and that’s the next game and Coventry and we’ve got to try and get a win that takes it to the last game of the season.”
With five minutes to go it looked as if the Bees were falling to a rare home loss, but Bradley Wright-Phillips and Clayton Donaldson provided a late sting in the tail to turn the game on its head.
Earlier Wright-Phillips, who now has three goals in his last two games, had given Brentford the lead before a sublime finish from David Connolly and a 30-yard strike from Shaun Cooper put Portsmouth ahead on the hour mark.
But his dynamic front duo, with Marcello Trotta also making an impact from the bench, had former Manchester City striker Rosler purring.
“We have three strikers I would put in the same category, in that department we are very well equipped,” said Rosler after securing at least a play-off berth.
“Trotta is hitting form, Bradley Wright-Phillips needed a little bit of time but I think now he’s fit he’s very motivated and he offers us quality on the ball and his movement is very, very good.
“It’s no coincidence that he scored two goals, and also Clayton is Clayton, he never stops working.
“I think we have three games to go and we have ten points more than last year.We are definitely in the play-offs and we’ve been in the top six for two-thirds of the season.
“I think so far it is a massive achievement from this young squad. But we are not happy, we want more than the play-offs.”
Midway through the first half Wright-Phillips opened the scoring, firing into the bottom corner from eight yards.
Five minutes later though Pompey found an unlikely equaliser when a long ball found Connolly on the edge of the box and he fired a superb, curling shot into the top left corner.
A stunning 30-yard drive from Cooper gave Portsmouth the lead but it was Wright-Phillips who found the back of the net once more with five minutes left before Donaldson lifted the ball over the on-rushing Eastwood 60 seconds later for his 22nd goal of the season – and the winner.
BUZZING BEES: Clayton Donaldson celebrates scoring Brentford’s third with teammates SPOT THE BALL: Bradley Wright Phillips scores Brentford’s second
GREAT SAVES: Jamie Jones