Clarke’s in­jury is real worry for Ori­ent

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Hill To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

LEY­TON ORI­ENT man­ager Rus­sell Slade is hope­ful the head in­jury sus­tained by skip­per Nathan Clarke is not se­ri­ous, af­ter he was knocked un­con­scious fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with Carlisle’s Lee Miller.

Clarke later re­gained con­scious­ness in hos­pi­tal and Miller was red­carded for the chal­lenge in a pul­sat­ing first-half at Brun­ton Park.

Kevin Lis­bie and Scott Cuth­bert put the O’s ahead be­fore debu­tant David Amoo pulled one back from the penalty spot un­til David Mooney and sub­sti­tute Dean Cox’s dou­ble sealed the rout.

And Slade was thrilled with the O’s level of per­for­mance.

He said: “Nathan Clarke lost con­scious­ness be­fore he hit the ground – I didn’t have a good view of it from where I was.

“We’re hope­ful it won’t be too se­ri­ous – he’s in good hands and that’s all we know at the mo­ment.

“We were strong and ruth­less – we showed what we can do.

“We’re start­ing to be­lieve the play-offs can be a re­al­ity and the squad is look­ing ex­tremely fresh.

“It makes all the hard work we've put in over this pre-sea­son worth­while.

“It’s im­por­tant we build on this per­for­mance ahead of next week and use this as a marker.”

Ori­ent took the lead af­ter 23 min­utes, Lis­bie head­ing home from six yards from Cuth­bert’s long throw into the area.

Miller’s red card fol­lowed on 31 min­utes be­fore Cuth­bert made it 2-0 with a header at the back post from a cor­ner.

Carlisle’s penalty came just be­fore half-time from Mathieu Bau­drey’s hand­ball – Amoo coolly plac­ing the ball down the cen­tre.

Mooney made it 3-1 af­ter 70 min­utes with a header from Moses Odubajo’s cross and Cox made sure of the points ten min­utes from time with a tidy fin­ish from 15 yards. Cox com­pleted the vic­tory with a won­der goal from 25 yards two min­utes into added time.

Carlisle boss Greg Ab­bott re­fused to blame the red card for the re­sult but feels the se­ri­ous­ness of the in­jury may have af­fected the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion.

He said:“From what the play­ers have said it was a pretty usual com­ing to­gether – but no­body wants to see any­body get hurt.

“The red card was a turn­ing point but it’s not an ex­cuse.

“We de­vel­oped a habit last sea­son of crum­bling against teams.

“We’ve got a game against Black­burn com­ing up where there isn’t any pres­sure on us but we’ll put pres­sure on our­selves and we’ve got to im­prove.”

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