A New Head Coach for the O’s

Leyton Orient FC have appointed Justin Edinburgh as new Head Coach.

Edinburgh joins the club on good form, having recently managed Sky Bet League One Northampton Town, and steering Newport County to promotion in 2013. He has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Leyton Orient, and hopes are high that he will help the O’s find much needed direction.

After starting out at Southend United, usually playing left-back, Edinburgh moved to Tottenham Hotspur way back in 1990, for a fee of £150,000. Over the following decade, he appeared over 250 times for the club, before moving to Portsmouth in 2000.

Gaining experience as Player-Manager at Billericay Town, Edinburgh took his first pure management role at Fisher Athletic and Grays Athletic, before he navigated Rushden & Diamonds to the Conference play-offs in the 2009/10 season – securing a respectable fourth place. Unfortunately, despite a successful two-and-a-half-years with the Diamonds, the club went into administration, bringing Edinburgh’s productive stint there to a premature close.

Edinburgh became manager of Newport County in October 2011, when the Exiles were languishing second to bottom of the Conference, and successfully moved the club into the safety zone, with a 19th place finish and took them to the FA Trophy Final.

But, things were just warming up for Edinburgh, as during the following season, he steered the Exiles back to the Football League, after a quarter-century, with a 2-0 Conference Premier Play-Off Final victory over Wrexham in May 2013 – leading him to be named Conference Premier Manager of the Year.

Unsurprisingly, Edinburgh was attracting attention from other teams, when he took Newport to a 14th place finish in League Two for the 2013-14 season, and then on to another great first half of the following season, as they pressed a play-off push, resulting in a sixth-spot in League Two.

In February 2015, he moved to League One Gillingham, where he guided the Gills to victory in eight out of the final eighteen fixtures of the season – resulting in a 12th place finish. His first full season with the club saw them improve further and end the 2015-16 campaign in ninth-place.

Leaving Kent behind, Edinburgh headed north to join Northampton Town as manager, though his stay there was short, with him moving on again at the start of the 2017-18 season.

LOFC Director of Football Martin Ling, said; “We are extremely pleased to be able to welcome Justin to this Football Club. We built up a criteria for a Head Coach and Justin ticked all of the boxes. He has experience in the National League which I feel is of huge importance, but also enjoyed success in this division by achieving promotion with Newport.

What I really liked about Justin’s CV was that he started in non-league and earned his stripes by succeeding at this level before building on that in the Football League.

 We are focussed on moving this Club forward, but the first hurdle is the most difficult in getting out of this division and that has been proven over the years with several teams that have dropped out of the Football League. Justin has overcome that first hurdle before and is someone that we know can be very productive. He has a record of pulling teams away from trouble and improving them during his tenure.

It has been an extensive search and we said that we would leave no stone unturned. We feel as a Club that we have got the right man and the sooner Justin starts working with our players and gets this season turning around, the better for every single person that is connected to Leyton Orient.”

Edinburgh has certainly got an impressive history, and may be just what the club needs at this challenging time. Can he tap into the potential that undoubtedly exists at the Matchroom Stadium?

Not Quite Ocean’s Eleven

As so often in life, reality doesn’t quite live up to the movies! This point was underlined on Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas, when a masked gunman held up the poker cage at the famous Bellagio casino!

Unlike the 2001 movie Ocean’s Eleven, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, in which ‘Danny Ocean’ attempts to pull off the biggest heist in history, in an audacious, but painstakingly panned operation targeting the Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand – Tuesday’s heist was a little more, well, ‘basic.’

At approximately 3.45pm, the ‘criminal mastermind’ pulled up in the Bellagio valet, in a silver Chevrolet Cruze (hardly a Hollywood-worthy getaway car), with a hostage in the passenger seat. Keeping things ‘old school’ by wearing mask made from a bandage, a wig held in place by a beanie hat, and glasses, the robber pulled a gun on casino staff in the poker cage.

With impressive professionalism, the casino staff handed over cash with minimum fuss – to the point that most guests weren’t even aware a crime was taking place – and casino security let the assailant leave without tackling him, in order to guarantee the safety of casino customers.

Things started to unravel pretty quickly for the masked crook though, as by the time he’d got back to his Chevy, the hostage had fled, and casino security had collected so much CCTV video of both himself and his getaway car, that Las Vegas Metro Police captain John Pelletier is ‘comfortable and confident’ that they have enough information to apprehend the suspect.

But, this being Vegas, the afternoon wasn’t entirely without a touch of glamour, because non-other than legendary Hollywood actor James Woods (Once Upon a Time in America, Casino, The Virgin Suicides, Videodrome) witnessed the whole event at close quarters, and was promptly tweeting about it!

Don’t hold your breath for a movie about this heist!

Energy Nominated for More Awards

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Being nominated in the Best Innovation category is a real honour for the entire EnergyPartners team. In this hyper competitive industry, with so much talent always coming up with new ideas, to be recognised as standing out from the crowd is fantastic. It is a reflection on the many months of dedication and hard work, put in by so many people, with the aim of bringing the very best product possible to the affiliate marketplace.

Norbert Vargas, head of affiliates at EnergyPartners, added “To be nominated for one iGB award would have been great, but getting nominated in two categories is just incredible – and especially in the ‘Best Innovation’ category, as that’s a really exciting one! Of course, we’ve all got our fingers crossed that we’ll win one, but with competition this fierce, we’ll be happy whatever happens on the night.”

It just proves, once again, how Energy is breaking new ground in the pursuit of delivering the very best online betting products to our customers and partners.

Fulham Penalty Wins Match In All London Derby

Oliver Norwood scored the only goal of the game with a late first-half stoppage time penalty to defeat Millwall in the London derby at Craven Cottage.

A spirited Lion’s performance could see the fans feel aggrieved and an angry manager Neil Harris bemoan his teams luck on an afternoon where Millwall hit the woodwork twice, once in each half of the game.

To be fair Millwall were indeed unlucky and deserved to be making the short trip down to south London with at least a point in their pockets. With this defeat however they now drop another position in the Championship and sit uneasily in 19th place.

Following their superb 5-4 midweek classic against Sheffield United and todays win against local opposition the Cottagers move up to 12th in the table level on 26 points with a gaggle of other teams.

The goal came from a tackle by Conor McLaughlin for which he was booked for his challenge on Fonte on the stroke of half-time, the former Crystal Palace loanee going down in a heap as the Lions defended a corner-kick. Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic described it as a “clear” foul.

Oliver Norwood dispatched the penalty as we hit the second minute of stoppage time and it proved enough to settle the contest.

Six games without a win now for the Lion’s but the fans should take note that if they carry on with performances like this and lady luck is a little more on their side then should be out of trouble in no time at all.

What was scant consolation for the Lion’s was that the visitors had plenty of chances against an unconvincing Fulham defence who let four in during week and twice hit the woodwork before Slavisa Jokanovic’s side could claim only their second victory at Craven Cottage in the entire season and incredibly their first since September. Quite a remarkable stat for a team in the top half of the table.

Tom Elliott clipped a post with a free header for Millwall after just seven minutes of the match before then glancing George Saville’s cross badly away from the goal after being left all alone again in front of the posts. He could and should have done better.

Again Elliott was in the action and was denied from close range by home keeper David Button and Steve Morison’s first-time lob floated the wrong side of the post. George Saville’s shot then got through a crowded penalty area only to come back off the post and Lion’s fans were cursing their luck as Fulham saw out the game to nick it by the odd goal.

The win earned the Cottagers a week’s haul of seven points out of a possible nine and their manager was by far the happier of the two.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic had this to say:

“This is the Championship and it has not been easy for us. We have to be satisfied with the week we have had. We are fighting without the ball. They sent in many long balls, they are bigger and stronger in those situations. We don’t have the tools to find the solution to these problems.

“But the team suffered together and got a clean sheet. In the end, it is our third game of this week, without a few important players, so we must be satisfied.”

A visibly seething Millwall boss Harris said:

“I think they’ve had four shots from 22 to 32 yards out. Ultimately they created nothing. Tom hit the post in the first half and George hit the post in the second half. We’ve had nine balls bounce in their six yard box. It is the story of our season really away from home. I can’t fault my players in terms of the game plan and attitude – they did exactly what I asked off them. It was two different styles of play – one total football and the other a little more direct. They both impacted on each other at times.

“we get punished by a harsh refereeing decision. I can see why he gave it – but the player has conned him into giving it in my eyes. What helps him [Fonte] is he gets the wrong side of the player but the contact is minimal. The player clearly throws himself to the floor and at an angle to highlight contact. The players have done well to force the referee to give it.”

“Our fanbase were brilliant – top-drawer.”

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Torquay Wallop The O’s

A bottle of the table clash between two of the bottom five saw Torquay thump Leyton Orient 3-0 as ten man Orient had Jake Caprice sent off.

On a chastening day for the visitors they saw the basement teams close up on them and leave the O’s in a perilous position.

The game was done and dusted by the half hour mark with the Devon team in a terrible position themselves in the National League showing real mettle to lead 2-0 and sink the east Londoners.

Torquay ran riot from the off playing some scintillating football that was far too superior to anything the O’s could muster. I am sure the O’s will come out with their tails wagging fr the next match and look at the realities of their current position in the table still one place off the relegation zone.

An attendance of 1,913 saw the O’s bring 316 fans to the game and each will have been disappointed with their teams performance but looking on the bright side it was a decent game as Torquay played some wonderful neat attacking football from the back and look like a team destined to break out of the bottom 4 sooner rather than later.

Leyton Orient played OK but were no match for the home teams passion and endeavour throughout the full 90 minutes. I’m sure O’s coach Ross Embleton and the team will learn from this walloping and will look to make amends next Saturday in the crucial crunch game with fellow bottom 5 team Solihull Moors. They will no doubt put their thinking caps on and come out of the traps next week having learnt a number of lessons from the way in which Torquay approached todays game.

Still without a National League win since September 2nd, a run stretching now to 14 games Ross Embleton chose Grainger over Sargeant in the goalkeeping position in his starting line up.

Torquay started the game with only 3 league wins all seasons but they showed tremendous character and came out all guns blazing to destroy the O’s with fast measured football.

After only 15 minutes, hard work from the home team paid off. Orient’s Craig Clay was forced into a mistake in possession and Ruairi Keating was onto the ball in a flash and Josh McQuoid compounded Orient’s current problems with a smart finish at Plainmoor, courtesy of a fine cross by Keating to put the Devon outfit into the lead. This was only the second goal for the club from McQuoid.

The London side looked all fingers and thumbs at the back, and when Davis was fouled on United’s left, Young dropped the free-kick at the near post and McQuoid headed narrowly past the post.

However Torquay dominance was to provide a second goal after only 29 minutes of the game played. United pounced on another Orient mistake, and Young spotted space to attack the retreating O’s defence.

Young ran with the ball and teed up a strike, taking aim from 25 yards and driving a perfectly placed shot low to the left of diving goalkeeper Charlie Grainger to make it 2-0. Orient were all at sea on the Devon coast and we hadn’t reached the 30 minute mark.

One minute later O’s keeper Grainger had to pull out a fine save at the near post from left wing-back Davis, after a good move between McQuoid and Jamie Reid.

Seven minutes before the break and Orient had their first chance of the game. James Dayton shot past Vincent Dorel and into the net, alas referee Carl Brook ruled the effort offside.

Orient keeper Grainger was hurt just before the interval, and he was replaced by Sam Sergeant at the start of the second half, along with Zain Westbrooke, who made way for striker Romo Boco as Embleton played his hand at trying to bring the O’s back into the match.

Jamie Reid extended the lead just after the break after a visiting attack broke down and the dismal day was complete for the Brisbane Road club when Jake Caprice was instantly sent off for a wild late challenge on Damon Lathrope.

I’m sure if the O’s can show the kind of resolve shown by Torquay today then the O’s will be back to winning ways in no time.

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Whale Watching in Vegas

Where’s the best place to go whale watching? Alaska? Try land-locked Nevada – or the Las Vegas Strip to be precise. Yep, seriously. ‘Whales’, in casino lingo, are the high rollers who regularly spend many thousands, or even millions in the gaming rooms.

For obvious reasons, casinos love ‘whales’ (who are, after all, big spenders – not necessarily big winners!), and go to extreme lengths to keep them happy and coming back. So, let’s check out a few of the perks you could expect at Vegas casinos, if you decide to regularly splash seriously big cash.

The pampering can begin before a ‘whale’ has even reached the casino or resort, with private limousines, and even jets and helicopters for the real big spenders!

Of course, whales get plied with free drinks (and we’re talking the most expensive whisky, cocktails and champagne), and food. But, with many Vegas casinos also boasting exclusive restaurants run by top chefs, like CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Palazzo or Joel Robuchon’s restaurant in the Mansion at the MGM Grand, that food can be pretty epic! In fact, the MGM Grand, according to restaurant critic Jay Rayner, provides high rollers with meals costing around $600 per head, for free!

And, when it comes to playing, ‘whales’ don’t swim with the rest of us. Nope, they often have access to special, ultra-luxury private gaming rooms, where they only rub shoulders with other high rollers, or at very least they play in restricted VIP areas, near the main gaming floor.

After a long gaming session, ‘whales’ can expect to retire to sophisticated designer penthouse suites, which the casino resorts spend millions keeping up to spec. And, yes, you’ve guessed it – they are normally either heavily discounted, or paid for by the casino!

But, it doesn’t stop there. Casinos have been known to hire superstars for private high roller only shows and concerts, give their ‘whales’ the use of ultra-expensive supercars, and even shopping funds to keep their non-gambling partners entertained and busy!

So, what game are you most likely to spot ‘whales’ playing? Poker? Not according to a research analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, who says baccarat is where the big money goes.

While most of us can only dream of living the ‘whale’ lifestyle, everyone can experience the thrill that comes with authentic casino gaming, whatever their budget, at EnergyCasino’s Live Casino – featuring dozens of incredible roulette, blackjack, baccarat and casino hold’em tables, with glamorous professional dealers, and games for all experience levels.

Wenger V Mourinho – Two Heavyweights Face-Off

Two giants of the game go head to head. If the fans are lucky they may get to watch a game of football too

Arsenal versus Manchester United. More eagerly awaited than Fury versus Joshua. More fun than watching Rebecca Vardy on ‘I’m a Celebrity’.  The saga of Wenger and Mourinho continues this Saturday. The one match of the weekend where there is likely to be more people tune in to watch the post-match interview with the managers than actually see the game itself. It could get emotional!

Scoring against Burnley is harder than a Bushtucker challenge

Jeremy Vardy loves only two things. Scoring goals and watching his wife drowning in a vat of rats. This weekend though he lines up against a Sean Dyche team that is proving exceedingly difficult to score against. Will Vardy’s pace and ability be able to break down a well-disciplined Burnley defence or will he be phoning up the I’m a Celebrity hotline 20 times an hour to cheer himself up?

Guardiola says it is not possible to score four goals every game. This week they play West Ham!

Probably, just when David Moyes thought it couldn’t get any worse for his beleaguered West Ham team, they come up against Manchester City. City have been playing amazing football all season and scoring a hatful of goals too. Somehow, we just can’t see West Ham stopping this trend. We are big fans of the former Everton and Manchester United manager here at EnergyBet but it will take a massive performance by the Hammers to do what all other teams have failed to do this season.

 

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Can Liverpool Bounce Back After Midweek Collapse?

Klopp’s boys need mental toughness to upset the Champions

Jurgen Klopp insisted his Liverpool team showed great mentality in their 3-3 draw against Sevilla on Tuesday. The fans may be thinking differently though. Liverpool have an even bigger test to come at the weekend in the form of a Chelsea side who are flying. Liverpool have the home advantage, but it will be a tough test to try and break into the top four with victory over the current champions.

Expect the Cherries to be Too Sweet for Swansea

Eddie Howe has been performing miracles with his Bournemouth side, who currently stand at 13th in the league. A great result last week against Huddersfield saw them bang in four goals in front of their home fans. This week they take on Swansea at the Liberty stadium, but with Swansea having won only once in their last six home games expect Bournemouth to take all three points.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley Have Eyes on Fifth Spot

Burnley will be hoping that their incredible home record (third best in the Premier League) will give them the edge over Arsenal on Sunday. If they manage to achieve a result against the Gunners and Liverpool lose to Chelsea then Burnley will leap into fifth place, just one point behind Tottenham (assuming they beat West Brom). Should the unthinkable happen and West Brom beat Tottenham, then Burnley would go fourth. Of course, at the end of the day, this is all conjecture and hypothesis, but one thing is absolutely certain, and that is bet £20 on Burnley to win at home against Arsenal would get you a very impressive return of £118!

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Black Friday: Up to 50% Off at the EnergyShop

It’s that time of year when, thanks to our cousins across the Atlantic, and their penchant for using any excuse for a sale, hordes of ravenous bargain hunters will descend on shopping malls across the world, in search of the year’s best bargains… yes, brace yourselves, Black Friday is coming!

But, if the idea of a cross between ‘retail therapy’ and crowd surfing isn’t your idea of fun, you can still take advantage of Black Friday, at the EnergyShop – and the best thing is, if you have EnergyPoints, you won’t even need to spend a penny!

From Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November, you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible 50% off all clothing, and 25% off pretty much everything else!  So, what can those EnergyPoints you’ve been saving buy you?

Even if you don’t have masses of EnergyPoints, you’ll be able to pick up a copy of the brand-new, smoking hot 2018 EnergyGirls calendar – featuring the girls and American muscle cars, with a retro 80’s flavour – for a discounted price of just 1,500 EP, or an exclusive, stylish EnergyCasino T-shirt from just 500 EP.

For sporty types, there’s also a range of performance active wear, for him and her, including exclusive EnergyBet branded X-Wear shirts, with prices reduced to just 1,250 EP, as well as EnergyCasino hoodies that will be available for just 1,750 EP, and performance jackets for just 2,500 EP.

If you’ve got quite a few EnergyPoints stacked up, why not treat yourself to a stylish Mujjo leather iPhone wallet case for just 5,250 EP, or a Bellroy leather wallet for just 10,500 EP? Or, bring the biggest library in the world to your palm, with a brilliant Kindle, for a discounted 13,500 EP, enjoy awesome video gaming with a PS4 for 36,000 EP, or even treat yourself to a genuine Victorinox Swiss watch for 48,750 EP.

But, if you’ve really been saving your points, you can get your hands on (or in, if you’ll forgive the pun) a real piece of sporting history, because we’ve got a golden boxing glove, signed by the legendary David Haye. Yep, you could be the proud owner of a stunning Haye Maker glove, signed by the former world cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing champion himself! Now that is what we call a ‘conversation piece’ to show your friends! The normal price of this incredible piece of sporting memorabilia is 100,000 EP, but you will have a chance to secure it for just 75,000 EP, only on the EnergyShop Black Friday weekend!

So, go and check our EnergyPoints balance, then decide what you’re going to treat yourself to. The sale will be on for the weekend, but we’d recommend getting in there on Friday, as stocks are limited!

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Orient Salvage A Point With 10 Men Only

An equalising goal from Jobi McAnuff was enough to ensure Leyton Orient retained a crucial point against fellow strugglers Chester City at Brisbane Road on Tuesday night.

It could have been far worse for the O’s who had Jamie Sendles-White sent off for a foul in the penalty area in the first half. However a good save from the ensuing penalty from Ross Hannah by Sargeant in the Leyton Orient goal ensured the O’s didn’t go down 3-1 before the break with a man disadvantage to boot otherwise it was surely curtains for the east London outfit.

A defeat to Chester by the O’s would have seen their respective National League positions reversed and worse still see the Londoner’s drop into the National League relegation zone for the first time in their history in their first season in the league.

The fact that Orient regrouped in the second half and carved out a goal to nab a point showed courage and commitment in what has been another dreadful season so far for the O’s. The contributing factors were bravery and not being scared to battle and they did both in the second half with aplomb.

It all started so well for manager less Orient, who are now without a win in a whopping 13 league matches, when leading scorer Macauley Bonne headed them into the lead after six minutes. Just what the Doctor ordered for a team needing more than a night nurse to get them out of their dire current form that stretches back to the first week of September.

Caretaker manager Ross Embleton kept faith with the same starting line up from Saturday with the bench identical as well. This was the first time in what seemed like donkey’s years there were no changes to the team or squad for subsequent match days.

Unfortunately for Chester their squad was devastated by injuries and suspensions and manager Marcus Bignot was down to the bare bones naming only four players on the bench who had limited experience.

Orient came out of the traps on fire as the O’s dominated the early exchanges and won three corners in succession. Orient took the third corner short and McAnuff curled in another good delivery, which Bonne flicked over Alex Lynch and into the net after 6 minutes.

Chester recovered well and equalised on the quarter hour mark. An Andy Halls cross took a deflection and looped up into the air. James Akintunde swung his leg at the delivery and got the faintest of touches, which wrong footed keeper Sam Sargeant and despite his best efforts, the ball allegedly crossed the line.

The first half ended in controversial circumstances when Chester were given a penalty in the 43rd minute. Keeper Sargeant was at fault, coming out for a long ball and missing it, which allowed Nyal Bell to run towards goal however Sendles-White got back at him and despite hardly any contact, the Chester man went down. The referee, to the astonishment of all home fans, pointed to the spot and duly sent off the O’s defender.

Yet Sargeant stopped the penalty, however, with a low save to his right with Hannan denied his second of the game.

Ross Embleton was then sent to the stands on half time and after five minutes of stoppage time, an end to end first 45 ended 2-1 to the visitors, yet only after Dan Happe had a goal disallowed.

The second half was quieter (it had to be) and Jobi McAnuff controlled around 30 yards out and let fly with Lynch having no chance as the ball nestled into the corner on the hour. A cracking goal and Brisbane Road went barmy.

In an almost full fixture list in the National League on Tuesday bottom team Solihull played top team Wrexham and narrowly lost 1-0 at the Racecourse Ground. Torquay had a great win at Sutton to take them off the bottom and above Solihull. Guiseley’s game against Fylde was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch but Barrow overtook Orient in the placings with a decent 2-1 away victory at Gateshead. Leyton Orient now slip to 20th place just above the relegation zone with Chester right behind them. Eastleigh’s draw with Maidenhead gives them some breathing space in 18th place.

Orient battled hard and deserved their point and next up is 23rd place Torquay.

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Millwall And Hull Play Out Dour Draw

With both Millwall and Hull City suffering from poor form of late then maybe it was no surprise that the two teams drew 0-0 on Tuesday night at the New Den.

In a game lacking magic, sparkle and goals, both defences put the shutters up to ensure the fans went home disappointed. Did this look like two teams languishing in the lowly positions of 18th (Millwall) and Hull City in 20th. You bet your grandmother’s nelly it did.

There as a lot of huff and puff from both teams but neither defence was blown down in a game where nerves ruled. There were an incredible 31 shots but if that includes shots that went out of play towards the corner flag then you get the idea of how poor some of the football was played out in a chilly south London. Millwall from their 14 shots found the target more with 5 off towards the goal but their Humberside opponents could manage only 2 shots on target from their 17 attempts.

The Tigers came to the New Den to play Millwall at their own game. Aggressive, tough in the tackle and looking to block the Lions out and the plan worked to perfection. Disappointing again for Millwall coming off the draw with bottom placed Sunderland over the weekend. Millwall fans were hoping for the second time this week to kickstart the rest of the season following this dour run in the Championship.

Millwall need points and they need them now before they find themselves in a precarious position. With tonights draw the Lions stay in 18th although Hull also stay closely behind them in 20th. Sandwiched between the two drawing clubs are Reading who also took a point at another struggling club Bolton in 23rd place. Bolton are not bottom of the table thanks to Sunderland losing yet again in a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park despite Chris Coleman taking the reigns over at the Stadium of Light as Aston Villa keep the Wearsiders rooted to the basement of the league.

Elsewhere in the bottom 8, Burton picked up a useful point away at Brentford whilst Birmingham didn’t play and 17th placed Barnsley lost at home to Cardiff meaning all the drawing teams below them gained advantage on Barnsley. Incredibly Fulham were the only winners in the bottom 11 teams with a ridiculous 5-4 win away at high flying second placed Sheffield United. This game saw two hat tricks as home man Leon Clarke scored a triple for the Yorkshire team but it was to no avail as Ryan Sessegnon also notched 3 for the London visitors in a topsy turvy blistering match. Shame we didn’t get 20% of the Bramall Lane thrills and spills at the New Den.

Millwall really seemed to miss Jed Wallace who served the second match of his three game ban. The midfielders creativity was sorely absent in a game of few real chances. Although Millwall have only lost two of their last 20 home league games against Hull (W13 D5), one of those defeats was in their last meeting in February 2013. In fact Hull stopped the rot in one area as they had lost their last seven league matches in London since a 1-0 win at Fulham in January 2016.

Millwall run of poor form continues with just one win in 8 against teams predominantly in the bottom half of the table in those games.

So of the few highlights in the game Lee Gregory had an early chance for the Lions but shot wide of the post.

Jarrod Bowen missed two good chances for Hull and striker Frazier Campbell coming back from injury chose to pass when put through just after the break. The Tigers have never won back-to-back away league matches against the Lions and that run continues.

Keeper Allan McGregor earned the visitors a point, saving headers from Shaun Hutchinson and Shane Ferguson late on and that was about it really.

In the end a stalemate was about right following a dull encounter from two teams struggling to turn poor form around.

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Take your place at the buffet

But save some room for the cheesecake!

They say that the best things in life are free. That is certainly true if you are a Leyton Orient fan. Free tickets to a game of your choice in the best seats in the stadium. Free fine dining experience complete with coffee and mints (the ones in the gold foil, who doesn’t like those!). Free beer, all day, as much as you want, for as long as you want. Free parking.

OK, so there’s no free parking but that’s probably because of all the beer you’ll be drinking. Best of all you get to see Leyton Orient win 6-0 every week! Well, maybe we cannot promise Leyton Orient thumping the opposition (may have gotten carried away there) but the rest of it we do deliver, just for re-tweeting any of our Twitter competitions.

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Who will be Leyton Orient’s next manager?

Hint: It could be you!

Leyton Orient’s Director of football, Martin Ling, says he has been inundated with applications for the vacant head coach’s role. Judging from the comments we hear on the terraces every week the majority of those could well be from Leyton’s long-suffering supporters. To be honest we know of at least two people in the EnergyBet office who have applied. Worryingly, one of those is the receptionist who applied on the basis that her boyfriend once played for a Maltese Sunday league team.

Another name in the frame is the current manager of The O’s most recent opponents, top of the table, Dover Athletic. Chris Kinnear is one of the high-profile names being linked with the job. Hard to know whether the 1-1 draw his team managed at Brisbane road will have helped his chances, but it gave some very welcome points for Leyton Orient.

Current holder of the post of interim head coach is Ross Embleton. Ross has previously been first team coach at Swindon and has also worked with the Tottenham Hotspur foundation as a development coach.

Ross must have been satisfied with the way that Leyton played against Chris Kinnear’s side at the weekend. Although Leyton did not manage to win, they still performed superbly well against a very quick and organised side. Most people we spoke to after the game agree that this was Leyton’s best game in quite a while.

How do you think Ross Embleton will do as head coach at Leyton Orient? Please post your thoughts on the current situation at Brisbane road or who you would like to see in the role in the comments section below…



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