Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade felt that his side failed to deal with the 'long ball' side of the game, after his side conceded two late goals at Brisbane Road yesterday. The eventual 2-2 final score had looked unlikely as the game went into the final ten minutes. However, Andy Williams hit his sixteenth goal of the season, before Jonathan Obika's 93rd minute header grabbed an improbable draw.
Both Yeovil Town goals came after Orient failed to clear their lines from set pieces, with balls back into the box allowing them to take advantage of the situation. Speaking to the London24 Website, Slade said after the game that he felt his old club had been very direct for a good proportion of the match:
"We have not dealt with two long balls, there has been a lot of long balls we have head to deal with all afternoon from a very direct Yeovil side. But unfortunately there were two occasions where we have not dealt with either the first phase or the second phase. I thought it was a good professional performance up until then, but unfortunately we didnít seem to be able to keep the ball out of the net."
His opposite number Gary Johnson freely admitted in his post-match interview that he had used the tactic in order to get back into the game. However, Slade felt his side's defending for the second goal was particularly poor, as three Glovers players queued up on the back post in free space, allowing Obika to convert the final goal of the game:
"It wasnít good enough. It was a poor goal to concede, we should be throwing our bodies on the line. We should have been marking people at crucial times of the game. The support was good all afternoon and I thought we had given them the performance that everybody desires, but unfortunately we let it slip in the last few minutes."
Link: Gary's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Away Game.
Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.
Link: Leyton 2 Yeovil 2 : Obika Heads Glovers To League One Safety.
Link: Man of the Match Voting for Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.
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