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Leyton Orient v Coventry City Johnstone's Paint Trophy - fan's view
Critics would no doubt opine that we are fast becoming the division’s draw specialists after our third stalemate on the bounce.
But, we came through this difficult Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie – courtesy of some superb goalkeeping and excellent penalty taking.
To be totally honest, penalty shoot-outs have rarely been our forté, although we got last season off to a flyer when we won at Charlton – it was just a pity it took so long to register a first league win.
However, the Orient of 2013/14 is a totally different animal. Scrooge-like defending, solid and gritty in midfield and prosperous up front in terms of the goals scored are the make-up of a team clearly going places.
Admittedly, we didn’t find the net in the regular 90 minutes – and to be totally honest – never looked like scoring – with Scotty Cuthbert spurning the clearest chance of the evening. But, the penalty taking was par excellence – especially as we were kicking towards the boisterous travelling support.
Credit – however – must go to Coventry for keeping us on our toes – and it’s not too soon that we go to face them at Sixfields in a midweek league clash. On our current form, who is to bet we can’t make it a hat trick of wins?
I would – though - gladly swap a place in the latter stages of this tournament for three points at their temporary Northampton home. But, you can’t be picky in football and with this tournament now being put to bed until later in the year, the next few weeks gives us the chance to make the number one spot in the table ours for keeps – despite Posh and Wolves snapping at our heels.
MK Dons are next up on Saturday. Always difficult opponents – and with their hitman, Patrick Bamford, now heading the League One scoring charts – that will be another test of our back line’s mettle.
But, they showed their resilience on Tuesday against the always lively Leon Clarke and tricky Franck Moussa.
So, who’s to bet against another shut out and David Mooney nicking it with a late winner?
Keep the faith,
Up the O’s.
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