Live coverage as Leyton Orient are beaten on penalties in the League 1 Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium (From This Is Local London)
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Live coverage as Leyton Orient are beaten on penalties in the League 1 Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium
Updated 7:12pm Sunday 25th May 2014 in Latest Sport
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- Leyton Orient suffer a devastating play-off final defeat as they are beaten 4-3 on penalties.
- The O's did have the upper hand in the shoot-out at one stage after Jamie Jones had saved Lee Frecklington's effort. However, it's the Millers who are going up after Mathieu Baudry and Chris Dagnall saw their spot-kicks saved.
- The final ended all-square at 2-2 so extra-time was required.
- Rotherham levelled the game with an hour gone though, thanks to a brace from former O Alex Revell, the second a magnificent strike from 30 yards.
- Orient had led 2-0 at half-time thanks to a stunning opening goal from Moses Odubajo, quickly followed by a second from Dean Cox.
Still waiting for colleagues to return from press conference so I think we'll wrap this up now. Keep checking this site through the evening for reaction.
Leyton Orient have had an outstanding season and it looked like they would round it off in the best way possible with a Wembley triumph. Sadly, it wasn't to be.
Thanks for joining us today and we hope you've enjoyed the live coverage of the League 1 play-off final.
Keep the faith. Up the O's!
I've never been more proud to be an O than this season and today doesn't change that one bit #lofc— @GershonPortnoi 25 May 2014
RT @LPowell15: Football is a cruel game but what a season #LOFC have had! Proud of the whole team! #COYOS— @carlpap 25 May 2014
Gutted for Leyton Orient to be honest. Wembley is a lonely place when you lose as Bradford fans know #bcafc #LOFC— @Bantam1873 25 May 2014
Commiserations to #lofc - superb contest, fought us all the way. Very fitting that it took penalties to separate us. Good luck next season.— @mikew_83 25 May 2014
Think Derby and Leyton Orient fans should become friends. No worser feeling than having promotion in your hands and losing it. #dcfc #lofc— @_neilbates 25 May 2014
RT @lauriehann: So proud of my team. Can never fault them for commitment and effort. Feel for Baudry and Dags. #lofc— @ValOrient 25 May 2014
Here's some more pictures from Action Images. No words are necessary.
Back with you now. We'll bring you some reaction from the Orient camp in due course after they came so near to clinching promotion to the Championship, but ultimately it proved one step just too far.
Watching Rotherham celebrate it's impossible not to wonder what might have been, such were the fine magins in the end. In the meantime, our match report is now online and can be read here.
Heartbreaking for #lofc after one of their best seasons in past 3 decades. 2-0 up at half time n1 expected such a come back. Well done #rufc— @webgard 25 May 2014
RT @leytonorientfc: The journey has finally come to an end. A cruel, cruel way to be defeated but we can hold our heads high. Orient WILL b…— @ramseyseyes 25 May 2014
The Rotherham players are currently heading up the steps to my life to receive their medals and trophy. Some Orient players are standing on the pitch, others are sat down looking up and doubtless thinking what might have been.
Russell Slade must wonder what he has to do to win a play-off final? 3 times beaten in the final and you can't get closer than this #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Such a brilliant season for the O's but all their effort has been destroyed by the cruelty of penalties. Tough to take #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
This is a horrible end to a brilliant season. Sport can be very cruel #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Russell Slade, Kevin Nugent and some of the O's players have gone to applaud the Orient fans - and rightly so. Others are sat on the floor looking lost.
Honestly don't know what to say...or type. Just devastating.
UTTER, UTTER HEARTBREAK. Chris Dagnall's spot-kick is saved and it's Rotherham who win promotion to the Championship.
Richard Smallwood makes it 4-3 to Rotherham.
And it stays all-square. Mathieu Baudry sees his spot-kick saved.
Very cool. Two-step 'run up' and high into the roof of the net. 3-3.
James Tavernier now.
Brilliant from the O's skipper. Sends Collin the wrong way. 3-2.
Now Nathan Clarke.
Ben Pringle levels it up at 2-2.
Well done John Lundstram. Calm as you like. Advantage O's. 2-1
It was a terrible penalty in truth but James guessed right.
AND JAMES SAVES!!!
Now Lee Frecklington...
Spot on! Lloyd James blasts the ball emphatically in to make it 1-1.
And he scores. Down the centre of the goal; James dived to his right. 1-0.
Rotherham to go first through Kieran Agard....
Come on Orient. The players are pumping up the fans. It's no way to lose a final. The O's will be shooting towards their fans #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
If you are looking for positive omens, Orient defeated Rotherham in the play-off semis on penalties in 1999. More of the same please #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
One boost for the O's. The spot-kicks are going to be taken at the end of the stadium where their fans are.
That the fate of a whole season should rest on a competition from 12 yards is, frankly, horrible. But if you're confident enough to take one, back yourself and don't change your mind.
And that's it. Leyton Orient and Rotherham United could not be separated over 120 minutes so their final Championship promotion place will be decided by penalties.
Now an opportunity for Rotherham after a Haris Vuckic shot is deflected behind but Chris Dagnall does very well defensively to head cear from the corner.
Less than five minutes to go...
Almost a chance for Orient as Lloyd James sees a shot blocked following a long throw from the left and the ball pinballs around the Millers area but won't fall kindly for those in red.
Into the final ten minutes and then it's penalties. Come on one of you guys in red, go and make yourself a hero!
Almost an opening for the O's as Batt plays in Dagnall but a shooting opportunity was lost as he tried to take the ball back inside on his right foot and is dispossessed by Kari Arnason.
Final change for the O's as David Mooney is replaced by midfielder John Lundstram. Shaun Batt will go up front #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
The Orient team are in a huddle with Russell Slade. One huge last push as the O's look to avoid the pitfalls of a penalty shootout #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Still 2-2 as we reach half-time in extra-time. And the tension cranks up still further.
Final change for the Millers and their two-goal hero Revell is replaced by Haris Vuckic.
And it was a good ball in by Lloyd James but Nathan Clarke is unable to direct his header on target.
Good opportunity for the O's as Batt is tripped on the right edge of the penalty area near the goalline. Good delivery needed.
Orient continue to be the more positive of the two sides as we approach the last five minutes of this first period.
Orient counter-attack and nearly score but Adam Collin races out to block the ball before David Mooney chips one over the bar #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
That should have read...produced *a brilliant* reflex save. Apologies.
Jamie Jones has just produced reflex save to prevent Scott Cuthbert scoring an own goal with a bullet header after he was unable to get out of the way of a long throw which had been flicked on at the near post.
David Mooney has become the fourth O's player to be booked following a foul.
Nothing worth doing in life is easy. Up the O's! #LOFC— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Here we go...Orient kick-off the first period of extra-time.
And that's that. A cracking League 1 play-off final has ended 2-2 so the final Championship promotion place will be decide by extra-time and possibly the P word...no I'm not going near that just yet!
But the delivery on all of them has not been of sufficient quality to really test the Rotherham defence.
The O's are finishing strongly. Just forced a second corner in quick succession...make that three.
Five minutes extra for the O's to try and find a winner, otherwise extra-time it is. Come on!
Rotherham break at pace but Kieran Agard cannot divert Ben Pringle's cross on target #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Ben Pringle brings down substitute Shaun Batt and receives a yellow card #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
The attendance at Wembley is 43,401 so the O's fans have as expected outnumbered Rotherham this afternoon #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Rotherham spurn a chance as Kieran Agard blasts his shot over the bar #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Into the last ten minutes. Can the O's find a winner? Or will it be an additional 30 minutes? And stop biting your nails, even though it's unavoidable :)
Great cross from Lloyd James but David Mooney and Mathieu Baudry can't get the finishing touch on the delivery in the area #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Rob Milsom comes on for Rotherham in place of Joe Skarz #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Surprised to see Dean Cox go off unless he isn't 100 per cent fit as Shaun Batt replaces him #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
And here comes Dagnall, the man who secured Orient's place at Wembley, in place of Kevin Lisbie. Can the substitute repeat the trick again? Here's hoping...
And Shaun Batt does indeed come on in place of goalscorer Cox in the 74th minute. Chris Dagnall about to enter the fray as well for the O's.
The Batt-man is getting ready to come on for the O's...
Steve Evans has a towel to wipe the sweat off his forehead after his histrionics in the celebrations of the Rotherham equaliser #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Midway through the second half and it remains 2-2. Tense is an understatement!
Dangerous break from the O's but Moses Odubajo's cross is deflected behind by Kari Arnason #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Captain Nathan Clarke picks up a booking for fouling James Tavernier #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
This is a huge test of character for the O's after seeing their two goal lead swallowed up in the space of 5 second-half minutes #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Rotherham assistant boss Paul Raynor has been sent off from the touchline presumably for some form of dissent #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Orient 2 Rotherham 2. Alex Revell hits a stunning dipping half volley into the net and this match has turned on its head #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
It's now 2-2. Alex Revell has scored a secong against his former club...and it is simply fantastic.
James Tavernier's free-kick was not dealt with at all and the mistake by Jones proves costly as Alex Revell stabs the ball home #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
The Rotherham fans are bellowing out support and sensing that this final is turning in their favour #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Moments before that 55th-minute goal, the Millers made their first change as Richard Brindley replaced Wes Thomas.
And Rotherham are back in it. Orient concede one free-kick too many in the vicinity of their penalty area, Jamie Jones tries to punch a low delivery clear but doesn't get enough on it and Alex Revell stabs home to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
Another warning for the O's as Ben Pringle curls a free-kick narrowly over Jamie Jones' bar #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Decent free-kick from James Tavernier but his strike floats narrowly over the Orient crossbar #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
RT @SkySportsFL: He's just scored a stunner, and this ball from Odubajo is just as impressive. Cox with the easy finish. 2-0 to #LOFC! http…— @Adi1905CFC 25 May 2014
This next goal is crucial, Leyton Orient get it game over, Rotherham get it, game on, come on the O's; #lofc #coyos— @spursNutN17 25 May 2014
RT @Matt_Bass: Is this really happening?! Love the O's! #coyos #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
A lot of disbelieving O's on Twitter at the moment. It's my great pleasure to confirm we're not all having the same dream! #LOFC— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
The second half is underway with the O's 45 minutes away from achieving promotion to the Championship for the first time in 32 years.
And the O's are the first team to emerge from the tunnel for the second half.
And the celebration which followed...
And here's Dean Cox putting the O's two goals to the good
While we're waiting for the second half to start, here's a few images from a great opening 45 minutes for the O's via Action Images, starting with Moses Odubajo celebrating his stunning opener.
And that's half-time...and wow! Leyton Orient lead 2-0 thanks to a stunner from Moses Odubajo and a tap-in from Dean Cox. A long way to go yet but the O's are currently heading for the Championship.
Two minutes of stoppage time left in the first half which could have hardly gone any better for Orient #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Since the opener Orient have been superb. It relaxed them and they have bossed the last ten minutes to give themselves a great chance #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
RT @Masters_JamesD: I've got to be honest...no idea how that has happened. It has been all #rufc this half...quite remarkable. #lofc— @Boab10 25 May 2014
Crucial few minutes for the O's as they look to ensure they take that advantage into the break #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Dare to dream Orient fans...you can start at least thinking about it! More good work from Odubajo who gets the ball on the right side of the area and squares across the six-yard area and there's Dean Cox to tap into the unguarded net.
AND IT'S 2-0 TO THE O'S!
Moses Odubajo's strike for @leytonorientfc was the 250th goal scored in a @football_league #PlayOffFinal.— @SkyBetLeague1 25 May 2014
Odubajo took his shirt off to celebrate and was subsequently booked.
That is simply magnificent from Moses Odubajo. A free-kick is played forward after Craig Morgan had been booked for a foul on Kevin Lisbie, it's headed half clear to the edge of the area where Odubajo chests it down before cracking a stunning half-volley past the helpless Collin.
WHAT A GOAL! And the O's are in front...!!
First yellow card of the game goes to O's Scott Cuthbert in the 31st minute for a body check on Ben Pringle. The right-back has no grounds to complain about the decision and he doesn't.
Orient go close through David Mooney's volley but his effort hits the side netting after a flick-on from Dean Cox #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
#lofc need to keep the ball and just calm the game down. #rufc more composed and using possession more effectively so far. 0-0. '28— @Masters_JamesD 25 May 2014
The Millers fire in another effort but James Tavernier's low strike flies past Jamie Jones' post #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Orient starting to come into it more after the first quarter of the game. Still goalless but Rotherham have had most of the attempts #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Orient fail to make the most of a Dean Cox free-kick which is deflected and Kevin Lisbie's header bounces into the arms of Adam Collin #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
#lofc warning if you keep giving away silly free kicks/throws in you will concede. @SkySportsFL— @Brano1979 25 May 2014
Rotherham fire in another effort as James Tavernier's shot is spilled by Jamie Jones but the keeper recovers to claim the ball #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
The O's wasted a decent opportunity as Moses Odubajo's cross was too high and long for David Mooney to get on the end of #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Coming up to 15 minutes and Rotherham have had the better of it so far. But the O's have started well defensively.
Another shot from the Millers but Lee Frecklington's long range effort is straight at Jamie Jones #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
A chance at either end as Wes Thomas' effort is blocked by Jamie Jones before Moses Odubajo volleys over the bar #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
RT @TheFL92: Chuckle brothers spotted at Wembley! #notkidding #lofc Vs #rufc http://t.co/4FZDgElXdV— @jamesellaby 25 May 2014
A bit of an early let off for the O's as Nathan Clarke appears to shove Alex Revell in the area. Nothing given though #lofc— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Almost a first opening for Orient as David Mooney tried to release Kevin Lisbie in the area but Millers keeper Adam Collin was alert to the danger and was able to smother.
First moment of concern for the O's just now as Ben Pringle played a free-kick into the area but the threat was comfortably dealt with.
The first chorus of 'Stand Up For The Orient' booms out from my right. Fantastic noise!
I feel sick #lofc http://t.co/qyHC35LPr8— @FreddieNathan 25 May 2014
And we're off! Come on you O's!
And here are the teams...
Will bring you a picture of the teams in a moment. Now for the national anthem.
And here they come as a huge roar goes up from the crowd.
Just looking up at the big screen and the players are in the tunnel, almost ready to emerge. It's getting close, folks!
And with kick-off fast approaching, a giant banner has just been passed across the Leyton Orient fans.
The view from the press seats of the O's fans. Looking good guys...and make some noise!
Back with you know with 20 minutes to go until kick-off.
Please bare with me for a couple of minutes while I move from the press room into the stadium proper. Back in a moment or two...
...and last, but definitely by no means least, it's Kevin Lisbie
And up top, David Mooney...
Hoping to cause havoc for the Rotherham defence down the left, it's Dean Cox
...and Lloyd James
In the midfield engine room, Romain Vincelot...
On the right flank, Moses Odubajo
At left-back, Elliot Omozusi
...and Mathieu Baudry
In the heart of the backline, skipper Nathan Clarke...
At right-back, Scott Cuthbert.
Here are the 11 players in pictures Russell Slade has selected as the O's go for promotion glory here at Wembley. Starting with goalkeeper Jamie Jones...
Here's my £80 view #lofc http://t.co/j4OgyrYMMl— @scottcl5 25 May 2014
Click here to read our story on the play-off final team news. Will be back with you all shortly...
RT @itvnews: Leyton Orient & Rotherham fans gather for the League One play-off final http://t.co/DKIxzFx7pU #lofc #rufc http://t.co/Frsk8eO…— @BigMommaSez 25 May 2014
And the Millers replacements: Shearer (GK), Brindley, Davis, O'Connor, Milson, Vukic and Hitchcock.
And here's the Rotherham United side. They're also unchanged from their 3-1 play-off semi-final second leg win against Preston North End....Collin; Tavernier, Morgan, Arnason, Skarz; Agard, Smallwood, Frecklington, Pringle; Revell and Thomas.
And here's the Leyton Orient bench: Larkins (GK), Sawyer, Batt, Bartley, Dagnall, Lundstram and Simpson.
So Russell Slade has opted to select an unchanged line-up from the team which beat Peterborough United 2-1 in the semi-final second leg to advance 3-2 on aggregate.
#LOFC: Jones; Cuthbert, Baudry, Clakre (c), Omozusi; Odubajo, Vincelot, James, Cox; Lisbie & Mooney.— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Wemberley!!! Orient have arrived!!! #LOFC http://t.co/tRDgUs3oQ3— @adamtime 25 May 2014
Unbelievable! #lofc #wembley http://t.co/MDSQ45DJhH— @angiloveshippos 25 May 2014
It looks like we'll have news of the teams in any minute...
At Wembley to support @leytonorientfc #lofc #promotiondragon http://t.co/tagbjM6EgK— @diggie_slee 25 May 2014
Made it! @leytonorientfc #lofc http://t.co/5cwf3ljBY5— @MatthewLOFC25 25 May 2014
One can only imagine what he'll do if he scores but here's Dean Cox looking ahead to living the boyhood dream this afternoon by playing at Wembley. Click here to read his thoughts.
And here's the gaffer, Russell Slade, on how one final big united push between the O's team and fans can guide Leyton Orient to play-off final glory this afternoon. Click here to read it.
Well that didn't go as I planned....Take two. You can read our preview of today's game by clicking here
RT @leytonorientfc: The chairman @BarryHearn completes his final press duties. This time it's @SkySportsFL. #lofc http://t.co/O3TAzbloBU— @SkyBetLeague1 25 May 2014
Will post some links to some of the stories we've had online in the build-up to today's huge day in case you've not had the opportunity to read them yet, starting with our play-off final preview...
Coming up to an hour-and-a-half to go before kick-off. Nervous? Excited? Or nice and calm. Tell us how you're feeling @GuardianOrient
RT @EddieHearn: Goosebumps! http://t.co/86DkGlrn3s— @nathanlufc94 25 May 2014
A tip of the hat to these two chaps, who pay homage to @dean_7cox in the only suitable fashion! #LOFC http://t.co/e1TGzNl6kg— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
Welcome to Wembley O's fans. Fans are slowly filtering in ahead of this afternoon's League One play-off final. #LOFC http://t.co/fw0gsxhZ80— @GuardianOrient 25 May 2014
So as well as the not so small matter of promotion, the O's will also be hoping to take this back to E10 in a few hours...
Hi everyone, this is Group Sports Editor Anthony Matthews and I'll be guiding you through all the build-up from Wembley and the game itself. In our play-off final team today are also the Guardian's O's correspondent Simon Mail and sports reporter Tom Bodell. As well as this blog, you can follow us on Twitter @GurdianOrient and we're also keeping across the #lofc hashtag.
Status Quo poster at Wembley Central Station #omen #rockingallovertheworld #lofc— @EmParker93 25 May 2014
#WembleyBound #lofc— @scottcl5 25 May 2014
And a very good afternoon from Wembley Stadium for what we all hope will be Leyton Orient's day with promotion destiny back to the second tier of English football for the first time in 32 years.
Wemberleeeeeee #lofc #COYOS @greenmanpub http://t.co/sIR4eFszWd— @shortstuff_east 25 May 2014
RT @MattColeman90: Come on Orient.... BELIEVE! #COYOS #lofc— @MrBriightside_ 25 May 2014
Nearly time!! Let us sing LOUD AND PROUD! https://t.co/ksFFrTyQpq '#lofc #leytonorient #PlayOffFinal— @TheCottonettes 25 May 2014
Little old Leyton Orient up on the side of Wembley Stadium! #lofc http://t.co/NKME9dATYd— @colinmunford 25 May 2014
Beers up for the orient! @Sluce23 @DanielGee1 @Lozzy_Franklin #lofc http://t.co/yiv8uHIHnn— @HA51ER 25 May 2014
Wembley warm up! #lofc http://t.co/RXmHPo2baH— @Jaimerandall 25 May 2014
RT @LeytonTechnical: Wembley wembley we're the famous Leyton Orient and we going wembley!!! Come on you O's!!!! #lofc— @AlfieT_83 25 May 2014
Decent view. C'mon you O's! Win, lose or draw - you'll always be my sunshine! @leytonorientfc #lofc ;o) http://t.co/PEF7qM1BqM— @nigeLADwhyte 25 May 2014
RT @OrientMeatPie: We have to win. We can’t let this lot win! #lofc http://t.co/idI0Jgjh9w— @swfcste89 25 May 2014
... Got no hair but we don't care ... Russell, Russell Slade! #StandUpForTheOrient #COYOs #LOFC Good luck today @leytonorientfc— @JonBarkerArt 25 May 2014
Come on you O's! #COYOS #LOFC #bestofluck @Wardy711 #WardysHat #Wembley @leytonorientfc— @hllines 25 May 2014
RT @JayJWillo: Literally so nervous for Orient today, I wish I was going to Wembley #lofc— @arfanakram 25 May 2014
Selfie in green man pub #wembley #coyos #lofc http://t.co/inP6J0Qbfn— @sbdealing 25 May 2014
Come on you O's! #lofc @ Wembley Stadium http://t.co/Rlgux2tYkQ— @daniellagraham 25 May 2014
RT @Masters_JamesD: He's 88...Grandpa ready for Wembley! #lofc http://t.co/oh7OxfFSmY— @Boab10 25 May 2014
Liverpool Street a sea of red and white #lofc— @losttourist 25 May 2014
WEMBLEY!!! #lofc http://t.co/PmHOUhFIpT— @debsyf 25 May 2014
RT @N14Pod: As you know I am #Spurs through and through, but today I will be at wembley as an honourary O #comeonyouOs #lofc— @ophala85 25 May 2014
RT @JayLillington21: JJ Moons Wetherspoons, Wembley High St #LOFC http://t.co/AsgKRxj9Wk— @orientatwembley 25 May 2014
@bryan_dangerous @gould63 COME ON YOU O'S!!!! #LOFC http://t.co/vhAKL8pvXQ— @Goulee22 25 May 2014
Buzzing for the Orient game!!!!!!!! #lofc— @Dean_Snelling 25 May 2014
RT @leowhitlock: So the journey to Wembley begins (for me anyway!!) Up the O's #lofc #coyo #gloryhunterthesedays http://t.co/hj1JNEnczK— @Custardkasper 25 May 2014
RT @LondonBanter1: I have been to the future, and here is a picture of tomorrow's League One Play Off Final. Leyton Orient win. #LOFC http:…— @JamieKentWHU 25 May 2014
About to get to Leyton station on the tube! I predict a riot... #lofc— @stevefarrugia 25 May 2014
RT @EllenIsabella: Just spotted Andrew Lloyd Webber at Wembley way #lofc— @West_Stand_O 25 May 2014
RT @leytonorientfc: The Orient end today #LOFC http://t.co/FYIJDw87Oo— @m_pellicci22 25 May 2014
RT @West_Stand_O: So many #lofc legends coming to watch their former team today. That's what this club is all about. #feelthelove— @StuieBurley 25 May 2014
#lofc today history could be written 90 minutes to change hhistory forever #Coyos #barryhearn— @jameskelly23691 25 May 2014
RT @EvyStark: Great start to the day already. My cousin asked me to be Godparent to one of his children. Will have to get them to support #…— @StuieBurley 25 May 2014
RT @Orientdan: WE'RE THE FAMOUS LEYTON ORIENT AND WE'RE OFF TO WEMBLEY #coyos #lofc #orientvsrotherham #leagueoneplayofffinal— @HashimAk 25 May 2014
RT @EvyStark: On our way from Eastbourne to #Wembley Really looking forward to the match. Know the #LOFC boys will do us proud whatever hap…— @StuieBurley 25 May 2014
Rotherham have never won promotion via the play-offs in three previous attempts; they have reached the final once before, losing to Dagenham and Redbridge (3-2) in 2010.
Leyton Orient have only won two of their last 19 meetings with Rotherham in all competitions (D9 L8).
Steve Evans' side have scored 17 goals in the opening 15 minutes of league games this season (including play-offs), while the O's have managed just six.
“@ClaptonO: Biggest Leyton Orient game since May 3rd 1974 #lofc http://t.co/BVFEnpLjQN” bloody Ray Grayson...— @StuieBurley 25 May 2014
Pre-match drinks #coyo #lofc (Checked in at Dirty Dicks) http://t.co/C2ajzUHONt— @mjjscanlon 25 May 2014
3,000 more fans today at Wembley. Let's make it count. #LOFC— @Rhysn_94 25 May 2014
RT @johngmackie6: The boys are here #promotion06 on the to #wembley #lofc #coyos http://t.co/kzAOI9SQUJ— @MrsJam67 25 May 2014
RT @12RyanHarper: This fit copper loves it! #selfie #LOFC #WEMBLEY http://t.co/06HRGrt55q— @BenMckendry000 25 May 2014
@manontelly thanks mate. All good. Off to Wembley to see the mighty Leyton Orient. Not often I will be able to say that!!! #winning #lofc— @radiogagger 25 May 2014
I'm so excited... I need a poo. #lofc v #rufc #PlayOffFinal— @sgallagher15 25 May 2014
Speaking to the Guardian ahead of today's game, O's chairman Barry Hearn paid tribute to his manager in colouful fashion saying: “It’s a fairy story.
"The club is Sleeping Beauty, Russell Slade is Prince Charming and he has kissed her and woken her up.”
Click here to read the full interview
RT @abbilw1: On the way to Wembley #lofc @beckslinnell @hayleyjane0889 @MaryFlynn4 http://t.co/vN0FjrjUIk— @MaryFlynn4 25 May 2014
RT @tomjeffes: Loving this from Leyton Station #localsupport #lofc http://t.co/QhTmQdiAY4— @martynvbeersum 25 May 2014
RT @pav_afc: Today's tshirt - come on you O's! @leytonorientfc #coyos #lofc http://t.co/qFk0AoHvcr— @GoonerKal 25 May 2014
In Liverpool st pub raring to get to Green Man pub for a sing song!!! #lofc— @orientlass 25 May 2014
RT @JanineAdelman: Forget your lucky pants, socks and Tshirts it's not down to you it's down to the team. They can do it!! #lofc #coyos— @ophala85 25 May 2014
RT @LukeEdwardsTele: There is a rising power in the East, on the march to Wembley. Little old Leyton Orient. Go get em boys. East, East, Ea…— @japanesedaz 25 May 2014
RT @KerryOReilly1: Good luck today boys #lofc @serefhoussein @Danlocolounge @Locoloungeessex http://t.co/2kRQEOxttb— @Locoloungeessex 25 May 2014
Wembley bound....and breathe #lofc— @janeypickle 25 May 2014
Slade, who was voted League 1 manager of the year, is hoping to achieve his first promotion as a manger after experiencing play-off final heartbreak with Grimsby Town in 2006 and Yeovil Town a year later.
Speaking to the Guardian ahead of today's game, he said: “I learned a little bit from the previous finals, but in the end there is no written script and no formula.
"If you think there is a formula to a final, you are kidding yourself. The only formula is hard work and discipline.”
Click here to read the full interview
The O's are one game away from a ending a 32-year wait to return to English football's second tier following a dramatic semi-final victory over Peterborough United.
The two sides were among the highest scorers in League 1 this term, with the O's netting 85 times, one less than the Millers, who are looking for back-to-back promotions.
Russell Slade's side bounced back from their first defeat of the season away at Coventry to beat today's opponents 1-0 at Brisbane Road back in July.
A Kevin Lisbie strike was enough to secure all three points.
But the O's were beaten in the return fixture in February, with the Millers securing a 2-1 victory.
However, Orient finished a place above Rotheram in the final table on goal difference, securing third position after spending most of the season in the automatic promotion positions - an achievment made all the more remarkble as the club has not paid a transfer fee on a player, relying instead on loans and free transfers.
“@FrankieJay_: Wishing @leytonorientfc the best of luck today, they deserve promotion! #LOFC” Beef @hitchuuu— @TalkingQPR 25 May 2014
Good luck to #LeytonOrient in play-off final this afternoon. Good local club that deserves some success. #lofc— @westburtonlad 25 May 2014
Hope #lofc win today! Especially for @mathbaudry5— @AFCB_97 25 May 2014
RT @clivechip: Have a spare ticket for Block 143 at @leytonorientfc end for today. Anyone interested? #LOFC #LeytonOrient— @Suse_06 25 May 2014
RT @brisbanewarrier: @OneDarkEnigma remember this is the day we find out if orient is getting INKED on our body. #tattoo #lofc #believe— @OneDarkEnigma 25 May 2014
RT @wearebrighton: Who wants to see this man at The Amex next season? Come on Orient #lofc #bhafc http://t.co/Wx4E0syDuw— @ChrisVenn1 25 May 2014
RT @DJScottieG: Me , @JoeLustig @lust1g @Danlocolounge and all the boys #WembleyBeano #LOFC http://t.co/oVmCOUpz2D— @Beno101010 25 May 2014
Welcome to the Guardian's coverage of Leyton Orient's historic play-off final clash with Rotheram at Wembley.
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Joanne Draper sent us this picture of O's fan Coby preparing to leave for Wembley
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