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Brentford v Leyton Orient fan's view
Orient shared the points with ten man Brentford after a fiery 2-2 derby draw at Griffin Park.
Martin Rowlands opened the O's account early on with a 30-yard free kick that was a real screamer of a goal, which sent the midfielder running in celebration almost the length of the pitch to the awaiting fans in sheer joy.
Bees fans were incensed and went on to vent their frustration by taunting former player Rowlands throughout the game. It was a bit over the top but that just fired him up even more taking long-range shots at will and teasing their defence and keeper.
The O's had most of the ball and continued to play attractive one touch football that gave the Bees real problems just to gain possession and get a grip.
Against the run of play the Bees were handed two soft carbon copy goals that were woefuly defended. The first was a close-range shot after we failed to deal with a corner. Then just before the break Clayton Donaldson beat O's shot stopper Jamie Jones to a loose ball that left him to simply bundle the ball home.
But the game turned just before the hour when Brentford had Jake Bidwell sent off on a second yellow for a challenge on Jimmy Smith.
The O's went on to press forward and were rewarded with a penalty shout after another former player Charlie McDonald was deemed to have been fouled.
David Mooney stepped up to the plate but his low spot-kick was brilliantly saved by Bees keeper Simon Moore who in my view was their best player as he continued to keep us out.
But he couldn't stop a dipping left footed drive into the far corner from Lee Cook to level the game and earn us a point.
We dominated the game and took our goals well. They were both top draw that had they been shown on Match of Day would have set the pundits' tongues wagging but our defending is letting us down.
We need to man up, this is all elementary stuff that can be worked out. It was good to see Elliot Omozusi return to the O's coming on as sub after his recent release from prison.
He made a quick impact on the game and he showed good signs he's hungry to play.
Next up it's Notts County on Saturday to grace the Brisbane Road turf which is winnable. We are playing with bags of confidence and still have that positive attitude which shows in our play.
Bring it on,
Up the Os.
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