CHEER FOR ORIENT AT LONG LAST
LEYTON Orient manager Fabio Liverani says his side’s victory at Chesterfield shows they are all in it together.
The Italian watched his team pick up a crucial three points in their relegation battle as they came from behind twice at the Proact Stadium.
Dean Cox bundled home the winner 11 minutes into stoppage time as Orient moved off the bottom and put a dent in Chesterfield’s play-off hopes.
And Liverani believes the victory was crucial, given the latest rumours of unrest at Brisbane Road.
“I’m very proud and pleased with the performance,” said Liverani.
“I’ve been in football for 20 years so I know the business well.
“It seems problems only come out when things don’t go well. When you’re top of the league, problems don’t exist.
“I’m pleased and happy with my players.
“The result was good and psychologically, it’s important because so far every situation we’ve had, although they were 50-50s, they weren’t going for us.
“Decisions were finally on our side. At first it seemed that everything was going against us, but the last-minute goal we scored was the icing on the cake.
“Hopefully it gives our players the confidence to continue like this and boost their spirit.”
The game only sparked into life after 18 minutes when the hosts were awarded a penalty after Nathan Clarke clumsily bundled over Caolan Lavery in the box. Jay O’Shea stepped up to give Chesterfield the lead.
Instead of pushing on after the opener, the hosts instead sat back and invited pressure which resulted in Orient drawing level.
Cox broke free and with Spireites stopper Lee off his line, the midfielder squared the ball to David Mooney who tapped into the empty net.
The hosts then regained the lead in the second half when Elliot Omozusi put into his own net under pressure at the far-post, but Orient again levelled when Mooney smashed home.
There was eight minutes added on to the end of the game and it was Orient who sensationally won it with virtually the last action of the game.
A ball into the box was spilled by Lee and Cox was on hand to plunder in.
Spireites boss Paul Cook said: “Football’s like that, that’s the game.
“We’ve had a good early part of the season, so we’re really disappointed.
“It wasn't one of our better performances. We never really got going.
“At the minute we’re just not functioning as well as we have been in the past. I thought at 2-1 up we might get home, but we didn’t.
“That’s football though and we’ve got to pick ourselves up for Tuesday at Scunthorpe now. “We’ve got to regroup. There’s no excuses but these lads haven’t let us down very often and we have to remember that.”
LAST-GASP: Dean Cox scored Orient’s winner in the 11th minute of added time
ON THE SPOT: Jay O’Shea scores his first-half penalty
STAR MAN DAVID MOONE