Writer: Kid Sampson
Date:Saturday August 1 2009
Who put the effs in the effing title? Why, our dismal shower of Orient anti-heroes of course!
In the arse end of the arse end of Essex, Orient produced a disjointed, passionless performance; a woeful shadow of the side that so successfully annihilated Newcastle United a week ago. Today's was a game that started dully, proceeded to range between dire and abysmal and ended extcretably. Geraint Williams will have garnered little in the way of positive information about his side.
With only Ben Chorley and the benched JJ Melligan missing from the probable first XI a week hence at Bristol Rovers, the 400 or so Orient fans in attendance might have been forgiven for thinking that they were about to witness a full-throttle performance from the an Os side desperate to get up to full match speed. Instead it was a scrappy performance with the occasional glimpse of quality football. Indeed, when Orient bothered to get the ball onto the deck, they looked a class outfit. Jason Demetriou in particular was lively on the left, whilst Harry Baker gave Scott Griffiths a few problems with his pace.
It was the young Orient winger who had the first effort of the game, firing wide after collecting Charlie Daniels' free kick. Sean Thornton was the next to come close, as his dipping free kick narrowly cleared veteran keeper Tony Roberts' bar.
Dagenham for their part were perfectly executing John Still's patented brand of, er, 'direct' football. Strikers Paul Benson and John Nurse buzzed around the Os back four, with the latter causing a number of problems with his movement and quick feet. He blasted Dagenham's best chance of the half over the bar from 12 yards, and was involved in another move which saw Soloman Taiwo curl an effort wide of Jamie Jones' left hand post.
The second half began with Orient on the front foot; a well-worked free kick move resulting in striker McGleish blasting the ball straight at Roberts from an angle. However the disjointed play soon returned, and defensive sloppiness allowed Benson through on goal. Jones seemed to think that the forward's sidefooted effort was going wide, but the shot ricocheted off the inside of the far post, before rolling agonisingly on the line and into the relieved keeper's arms.
Fewer changes were made than previous friendlies, though it looked like one may be enforced when Taiwo went in two-footed on Charlie Daniels. The midfielder was only booked for what surely would have been a red card in a competitive match, and the ex-Tottenham sort-of left back was able to limp away relatively unscathed.
One player who did come on was Loick Pires, who enjoyed a generally promising 20 minutes on the pitch. The young winger sprayed an excellent cross field ball to fellow sub JJ Melligan, but the Irishman chose to take the shot on first time, and blasted horribly wide from 20 yards when better options were available to him.
Minutes before the end, Daggers' centre back Mark Arber should have opened the scoring with a free header at the back post. The ex-Barnet stalwart was furious with himself and proceeded to beat the ground in frustration. Never mind, Mark, at least it wasn't missing a chance to put your side into the playoffs. Like last season.
Still, having mislaid a 6'4' centre half from the previous corner, it came as no suprise when Orient failed to mark a 5'6' full back at the next. Scott Griffiths (for it was he) rose majestically to a height of at least two inches off the floor to nod home the winner at the far post.
The Dagenham fans broke into the kind of celebration not seen in that corner of Essex since Prince's began to put ring-pulls on their tins of corned beef. Only Luke Ashworth of the Orient players looked even remotely bothered by the concession. The Orient fans trudged away into the rain, cogitating an abysmal performance that personified so many of last season's failings, consoling themselves that at least it was only pre-season....right?
Date:Saturday August 1 2009
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