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Leyton Orient fan's view: The real test comes now
So the 100 per cent record has finally gone and what ended as a 1-1 draw does feel like a bit of a defeat, but fear not O’s fans.
We still sit proudly at the top of the pack with the most goals scored, the least conceded and a record the other 23 would bite your arm off for.
I think most O’s fans thought the run may come to an end at Griffin Park, but the brilliant efforts in West London may have taken their toll and unfortunately a pretty decent Walsall side grabbed the honour of being the first club this year to take a point off us.
It was perhaps a little disappointing that with an extra man for 70 minutes and taking the lead that we couldn’t get the ninth win in a row, but from the look of them Walsall probably won’t be at the bottom end of the table come May and it still leaves us unbeaten with what might be a valuable point.
The real test perhaps comes now – how we react to that magnificent run finishing? I think we have already shown there is both enough quality and team spirit in the camp to get straight back on the promotion horse and race away from the coldest ground in England with three points.
But with some injury niggles and suspension to the new Tony Grealish in Romain Vincelot, Boundary Park, Oldham will not be an easy place to go.
What is encouraging however is that even if we were to taste defeat for the first time this century (oops sorry, got a bit carried away there) then we would – barring a large goal swing – still be in first place come your look at the Sunday papers over a bowl of Cornflakes.
Here’s to the start of another eight wins and being safe from relegation come the end of November.
Up the O’s.
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