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2007-08, match reports

Leyton Orient 1-1 Doncaster Rovers

Well lets be honest; it wouldn’t be Rovers if we were to chase automatic promotion the easy way. With Carlisle losing at home to Southend, a win for Rovers at Orient would have put them second; instead they couldn’t break the O’s down and had to settle instead for a point. With two games to go, it remains advantage Carlisle in the pursuit of the Championship.

Lining up Rovers looked stronger than the side that had swept aside Swindon at the Keepmoat nine days ago as Matt Mills, Jamie Coppinger and Richie Wellens all returned to the starting eleven. It was Coppinger who nearly broke the deadlock after ten minutes as he met Gareth Roberts low cross at the far post but failed to hit the target. Gareth Taylor and Mark McCammon also had headed chances for Rovers in the first half but it was the home side who held the initiative.

Steve Purches and Jason Demetriou both had chances for the home side, but it was former Rovers loanee Sam Oji who came closest with a long range effort that NeiLS ullivan turned away. Five minutes before the break though the hosts broke the deadlock. A right wing corner was glanced away from goal but Orient were quicker to regain possession on the left flank and when Demetriou’s cross was headed home by Wayne Gray for a half-time lead.

In the second half the Rovers fought back; Taylor had already come close to an equaliser before the goal came on the hour mark as Gareth Roberts deep cross was chested down by McCammon and the striker fired across the keeper into the far corner of the net. Moments later Rovers almost took the lead as Brian Stock’s corner was met on the volley by Matt Mills, but the defender’s shot struck the post. With the home side unable to clear the ball fell to Wellens who struck his shot straight at Glenn Morris, and the Orient keeper then flung himself to his right to deny McCammon with an incredible double save. When that happens you kind of know the win isn’t coming.

Rovers pushed for the winner, but it was not to be and in fact the only time the ball did find the net it was from an Orient corner, however the goal was ruled out by the official seemingly for a foul. Despite an end to end final fifteen minutes it remained one apiece meaning Rovers will have to hope for another Carlisle slip-up in the final two games if they are to nick the second automatic promotion place.

Leyton Orient line-up (4-4-2): Glen Morris; Steve Purches, Brian Saah, Sam Oji, Adam Chambers; Charlie Daniles, Jabo Ibehre, Paul Terry, Jason Demetriou; Andy Barcham (Adam Boyd), Wayne Gray (Loick Pires)

subs not used: JJ Melligan, Sean Thornton, Aidan Palmer

Doncaster Rovers line-up (4-3-1-2): Neil Sullivan; James O’Connor, Matt Mills, Stephen Roberts (Sean McDaid), Gareth Roberts; Brian Stock, Paul Green, Richie Wellens (James Hayter); Jamie Coppinger; Gareth Taylor (Jason Price), Mark McCammon

subs not used: Lewis Guy, Paul Heffernan

booked: Gareth Roberts

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About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.

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