LOFC - Late Lisbie Leveller Blunts Blades
Brisbane Road, Leyton.
Saturday 22nd October 2011.
Kevin Lisbie hammered home a fantastic strike deep into injury time to earn Orient a deserved point against a Sheffield United side aided by the man in black, Oliver Langford.
Langford tried to prevent the game from flowing and was giving bizarre decisions against both sides, perhaps his worst, handing a red card to Charlie Daniels for an alleged foul on Lee Williamson. Langford was the only person on earth who saw Daniels take two feet off the ground, as proven by pictorial evidence from Daniels' Twitter account.
Russell Slade named the same side that had beaten Bury at Brisbane Road a week previous and Danny Wilson's Blades turned up in East London backed by a large following for their third game in six days.
The first half was a scrappy affair and although both sides had decent half chances, Sheffield United were the better team and only Lee Butcher and the Orient defence kept the score level at the break.
The second half was a fiery affair, yet unbelievably reffed by Langford. Twenty-six fouls, five yellow cards, a red card and a mass brawl on the final whistle were the talking points in the 'Langford Show' in the second half. It said a lot about the referee's ability when Orient fans were chanting 'you don't know what you're doing' when a Stephen Quinn cross was deflected behind Quinn and off for an obvious looking corner from the outstretched leg of Dean Cox yet Langford saw fit to give Orient a goal kick.
Orient were down to 10 men when Charlie Daniels won the ball ahead of Williamson but Langford saw it as a two footed tackle and showed Daniels the way to the tunnel, much to the disgust of majority in attendance.
It seemed that the Blades and Langford were heading home with a win in the bag when a poorly defended cross was turned in by Chris Porter with six minutes left of normal time. The travelling fans were in histeria that they'd scored despite both teams having equal amounts of pressure on the oppositions goal.
Orient pressed and set about making waives of pressure on the Blades goal and a Dean Cox free kick was the start of the late leveller. Cox's free kick was punched by Steve Simonsen, but only as far as Kevin Lisbie who smashed home the equaliser to send the Orient crowd wild and grab Orient their deserved point.
12 - Lee Butcher
14 - Leon McSweeney
11 - Charlie Daniels
5 - Scott Cuthbert
6 - Terrell Forbes
26 - Tom Clarke (Off at HT for Laird)
16 - Matt Spring (Off for Porter)
7 - Dean Cox
8 - Stephen Dawson
39 - David Mooney (Off for Omozusi)
9 - Kevin Lisbie
17 - Marc Laird
15 - George Porter
2 - Elliot Omozusi