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Top of The South Stand: A fan’s view of Leyton Orient’s defeat at Rotherham

14:36 04 February 2014

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Leyton Orient's manager Russel Slade. Picture: PA

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Our Leyton Orient blogger reflects on Saturday’s late 2-1 defeat to Rotherham and explains why O’s fans should still be feeling positive.

Many thoughts went through the heads of Leyton Orient fans in Rotherham and back at home following Alex Revell’s 95th minute winner against his former club.

Dropping down to third in the League One standings probably didn’t help matters on a day to forget in South Yorkshire.

Despite the inevitable doom and gloom that engulfed supporters there were still plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Thanks to Shrewsbury pulling in a last minute favour against Brentford, the O’s could be well back level with the top two teams if they use their game in hand wisely.

And on another day Orient could have once again earned another hard-working point, despite not particularly playing well but it wasn’t to be. Hopefully there will not be too many former Orient strikers waiting to net injury time winners from now until May. Another positive which was quickly forgotten after Saturday was the performance on Tuesday night at home to Coventry City. It was a professional performance of the highest quality in which the hosts showed their class and control to take a much needed home victory.

It was pleasing to see that Orient did not panic despite an early second half penalty miss from Talisman Kevin Lisbie. To score within a minute of the fluffed spot-kick was even more impressive. Coventry rarely threatened on a night where Orient showed what they need to do if they are to keep towards the top until May.

Whilst the O’s away form has been excellent so far, ignoring Saturday’s blip, the home form must now remain strong in the final three months of the campaign.

With 11 of the remaining 18 league games in E10 this season, Orient must make Brisbane Road a fortress if they are to compete with Brentford and Wolves to the bitter end.

That starts at the weekend against Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United. Whilst their own form has been erratic of late, they are still a side very much capable of challenging for promotion back into the Championship.

They will see Orient as an acid test of their credentials much like Rotherham did the week previous. Hopefully with Kevin Lisbie returning and David Mooney nearing full fitness the O’s can show the attacking qualities which saw them impress in November at London Road.

February appears to be a long and tough month for Orient, maybe only now has the real battle begun.

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