Hull City v Leyton Orient fan's view
‘Frustration’ must be the buzzword after conceding such a late goal at the resplendent, but rather empty KC Stadium, on Saturday.
The overriding opinion on the long trip back to London was that we had blown our chance of progressing to the next round after Nick Proschwitz – with one of Hull’s few chances of the afternoon – buried a header.
But, at least we are in the hat and have a possible home tie to look forward to, although I don’t think Hull will play as badly as they did in the forthcoming replay therefore, it was important we saw the tie out after David Mooney had deservedly grabbed the lead.
Hull – who must fancy their chances of a return to the Premier League- probably didn’t want a replay and with their gaffer having sent out – arguably a Central League reserve XI – making nine changes from the New Year’s Day Blackpool stalemate. You must sense we will have to pull out all the stops if we are to progress to the fourth round.
The fixtures are now racking up and Mr Slade will probably be the first to admit that we didn’t want another game to add to our already crowded schedule. There are now three league games to re-arrange – Brentford away being the latest; so, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that we will be back to that familiar pre-Christmas, Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday scenario.
With the added pressure of extra games, perhaps the gaffer will be forced to plunge into either the loan or more permanent transfer market – especially after Marc Laird was released last week and has made the short trip down the A127 and joined Southend United.
Yeovil are next up and if we are to progress to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area final, then we will need to be a lot better than our New Year’s Day performance.
At least there were signs of an improvement against Hull, and it just goes to show that Orient are a match for anyone on our day. So, this area semi-final, with a large expected away following, suddenly becomes very significant, as this is possibly a game that could determine the outcome of our season.
Keep the faith,
Up the O’s