Leyton Orient v Tranmere Rovers fan's view

The O's warmed up for the play-offs with a win over Tranmere Rovers: Simon O'Connor

The O's warmed up for the play-offs with a win over Tranmere Rovers: Simon O'Connor

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It was very much the case of ‘what might have been’ after a convincing victory over a side now facing the dreaded drop.

With Brentford getting trounced at strugglers, Colchester and Rotherham not getting an ‘ideal’ result, it was a sense of frustration that there was little riding on this now record points breaking victory – when – if it hadn’t been for our poor recent run, we might have been on the point of clinching automatic promotion.

Obviously, fingers might get wagged at teams slipping up so badly at the end of the season, with their objectives already fulfilled. I just wonder how other sides in the drop zone around Colchester felt when they saw the score flashed up. The Bees narrowly beat us last month. So, just how did they lose so poorly in Essex?

But, having at least reached the play-offs and – statistically – on the back of our worst run of the season, if you recount nine games – at least the strikers donned their shooting boots and could have a hatful had it not been for some superlative goalkeeping.

You must also remember that Tranmere led this league all the way up to Christmas last season – and fell away spectacularly. It’s obvious this term they have been suffering from the dreaded ‘hangover’ – one we must be mindful of with the play-offs just around the corner – and next season either in the Championship or if we’re still in League 1 not a million light years away.

It was also – arguably – sad to see Yeovil finally succumb to relegation from the Championship on Friday night. Apart from the first few games of the season, they had been hovering around or been ensconced in the relegation mire.

So – you may ask – what’s my point? Orient have to be mindful of ensuring they go into the play-offs in a positive frame of mind. Certainly, the Bank Holiday performance will surely hold them in good stead and with the live TV cameras at all the games, it will be the perfect platform for the likes of Coxy and co to perform on.

Personally, I think they will do well as we have taken points off all those potential opponents. But, obviously the clashes will all be akin to cup ties and certainly the fear factor will come into play.

But, the O’s took Wolves to the wire – and although slipping up at home to Preston and Peterborough – these would be ideal opportunities to exact some revenge.

And, a win this Saturday at MK Dons will save us a midweek trip up north to face one of the three play-off candidates. So, still something to play for.

Keep the faith,

Up the O’s.

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