It was a weird, weird game of football, but in the end, it’s the three points that really mattered for Leyton Orient.
Heading into the game in second place due to Salford City winning their early kick-off, Orient knew they couldn’t afford any slip-ups against Sutton United, so going behind in the second half wasn’t the ideal plan for the O’s.
Justin Edinburgh’s side were able to complete a comeback thanks to a late Macauley Boone penalty whilst being down to 10 men after James Dayton received a second yellow card whilst on a stretcher for throwing his boots on the ground, and this comeback mentality is what’s keeping Orient in the hunt for the National League title.
Although the O’s have been the dominant side in the league for most of the season, their wheels are starting to fall off at the most crucial of stages. Going behind to the likes of Sutton on Saturday and Eastleigh last week are not something you would assume from a club that has been as defensively stable as Orient, but their ability to turn these results around is what’s keeping them ahead of the pack.
Turning loses and draws into wins has kept Orient ahead of Salford and Solihull Moors in the league table heading into the closing stages of the season, and with three games left to go this mentality will drag them over the finish line and get the historic club back into the Football League despite a defence that’s cracking under the pressure.
Leyton Orient fans, how confident are you of a National League title win? Let us know!
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