Robin­son ques­tions de­sire as Ori­ent rise

LEY­TON ORI­ENT 2 MK DONS ..........0

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick How­son

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.

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

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


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