Orient boss Slade says lets keep the faith
O’s stun Terriers with dramatic fightback
Huddersfield Town 2 Leyton Orient 2
Orient struck twice in the last five minutes to rescue a point against title-chasing Huddersfield Town and manager Russell Slade hopes his side have started to turn the corner.
Huddersfield, who went into the game unbeaten in 34 league games, looked certain to take the points after Alan Lee and Jack Hunt had scored midway through the first and second half respectively.
But Town had Jamie McCombe sent off seven minutes from time for an off-the-ball incident with George Porter.
O’s substitute Kevin Lisbie cut the deficit almost straight away and then in the first minute of stoppage time Ben Chorley lashed home an equaliser.
“It’s a small building block, because we haven’t got that first elusive win,” said Slade afterwards.
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“But the last two 90-minute performances have given us more encouragement; my message will be let’s keep the faith.”
O’s still remain bottom of the table with just three points from 10 games, but the visitors dug deep after going 2-0 down.
“We kept going and we got what we deserved,” added Slade.
“To be honest I thought that we deserved a goal in the first period, especially with the penalty shout. I thought it was a stonewall penalty. I don’t know what we have got to do to get one at the moment.”
The point was even more impressive for a injury-hit O’s side, who had to reshuffle their squad as Charlie Daniels and Jimmy Smith were both missing because of injuries, but there was a return for skipper Stephen Dawson.
“I’ve not moaned about the injury situation, but we’ve had nine bodies unavailable to me today and it makes life tough,” said Slade.
“You have just got to get on with the cards you’re dealt and that’s exactly what we did.
Huddersfield Town: Bennett, Hunt, McCombe, Kay, Woods, Arfield, Johnson, Gobern, Ward (Roberts 55 mins) (Cooper 85 mins), Lee, Novak (Rhodes (68 mins). Subs: Miller, Colgan.
Orient: Butcher, McSweeney, Chorley, Forbes, Omozusi, Spring, Porter, Laird, Dawson, Cox, Mooney (Lisbie (70 mins). Subs: Lovelock, Cestor, Odubajo.
Orient bookings: Omozusi.
Referee: Rob Lewis
Attendance: 12,269 (inc 180 Orient fans)