Leyton Orient fan's view: Mixed start to the season for the O's

Orient's draw with Walsall will be quickly forgotten: Simon O'Connor

Orient's draw with Walsall will be quickly forgotten: Simon O'Connor

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When I come to write the follow up to my book '60 Great Leyton Orient Matches From The Tijuana Taxi Era 1968-2012' (should be available to pre-order on Amazon around Spring 2050) I can say now with some certaintly that Leyton Orient v Walsall played on August 23, 2014 will not be one of the featured games.

Indeed by the time I was halfway through my first pint of the fine real ale served in the Supporter's Club after the game, it's fair to say that the 90 minutes football I'd just witnessed had already been pretty much forgotten.

Apart from a lovely Dean Cox shot that brought an excellent save from the Saddlers' keeper, the only thing of any note that happened was a keystone kops moment in our defence when a poor back pass resulted in Adam Legzdins presenting Anthony Forde with an open goal which in back heeling he managed to totally mess up, missing the onion bag by some considerable margin.

It's fair to say that it's been a bit of an up and down start to the campaign for the '666 bet' lads in red. At long last there has been some money to spend at the club, yet in typical Leyton Orient fashion having brought in a striker who so rumour has it is our best paid centre forward ever, we've struggled a little to score, netting just four times in four league games.

Just one of those goals has been at home and for the first time in years we've experienced two consecutive goalless draws. One wonders what the new Italian owners have made of it all though having made his fortune in waste disposal back in Italy maybe Francesco Becchetti can readily relate to the rubbish the O's are serving up on the pitch a lot of the time at the moment.

There were however rumours going round after Saturday's non-thriller that the new owners were only prepared to give our man with no hair a few weeks to get things right or he would be out of the Brisbane Road door. Another rumour was that Zola was in the directors box at the game, though no-one could clarify whether it was Gianfranco or Zola Budd.

Apart from possibly the local barbers however, I don't think many would be too happy at seeing a new man coming in to replace our Russ, his record compared to many of the previous Leyton Orient managers is quite staggering and apart from last season all of his teams traditionally get off to slow starts when the season begins.

It has also been a difficult period as we are in the middle of an incredible run of games where we are away for six out of seven matches - none of them local - something I can never remember in all the years I've been supporting the club.

As always up the O's.

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