Saturday, 5 April 2008

Super Leeds put two past Orient and move back into a play-off position

Leeds United's trip to Leyton Orient was another sell out

The O's were one of the clubs that voted to unfairly penalise United at the start of the season and their manager Martin Ling got in a strop when it was announced that the 15 points decision was going to arbitration.

The match started 15 minutes late, at a fast pace with Orient dominant. Leeds soon got their act together and began to match the O's for effort.

Neil Kilkenny fired in the first chance, in the seventh minute, which went wide. In the 12 minute Dougie Freedman had the ball in the net from a Bradley Johnson cross but was ruled offside.

On 16 minutes United won a free-kick, taken by Johnson, which was guided into the net by Paul Huntington, 0-1.

Orient keeper, Glenn Morris, did well to stop chances by Jonny Howson and Freedman in the 30th minute. United were on top with some fast flowing play and a good effort by Jermaine Beckford was fired wide. Then Morris was the Orient saviour again when Beckford latched on to a pass from Howson.

Five minutes into the second half Beckford got his 20th goal of the season when he whacked in a pass from Freedman, 0-2.

At this point interest was taken away by the Grand National. We had £5 on the winner Comply or Die (so did our lad Steven and our daughter Kelly) and we cheered it home all the way.

Beckford went off injured in the 64th minute and was replaced by Tresor Kandol. David Prutton came on for Johnson in the 73rd minute. Kilkenny made way for Andy Hughes in the 78th minute.

The Whites held out and move back into a play-off position in sixth place with a confident team performance.

Attendance 7602 (2735 Leeds).

Leyton Orient 0 Leeds United 2

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