One step closer to Wembley

Wednesday 9th January 2013 12:56

Mooney: loves a bare-chested celeb!

Mooney: loves a bare-chested celeb!

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Leyton Orient FanZoner Craig Rodhouse is dreaming of a trip to Wembley after beating Yeovil.

Mooney winner sends O's nearer JPT glory

David Mooney's last-minute header against Yeovil last night now means that a trip to Wembley is within touching distance and I think it's fair to say that the anticipation of a potential trip to the national stadium is causing its fair share of excitement for Orient supporters.

The hysteria that surrounded David Rooney's, oh sorry I mean Mooney's winner was unlike anything I have seen at Brisbane Road for many a year and almost rekindled memories of Jonathan Tehoue's equaliser against Arsenal in the FA Cup two years ago. Even if the attendance was just shy of 3,000, the sight of a bare-chested Mooney jumping into the crowd and Russell Slade doing his best 'Jose Mourinho celebration' impression really brought the feel-good factor back to the Matchroom Stadium.

Supporting a lower league side certainly provides you with more than your fair share of agony and disappointment, but that makes the good times just that bit sweeter. Moments like last night need to be embraced and remind you why you compromise the warmth of your living room for the cold and rainy stands of Brisbane Road on a weekly basis.

Saying all this, we've still got one more round to go before we reach the promised land of Wembley, and a tie against our old foes Southend more than wets the appetite. Games against Southend are always tasty affairs and are certainly of extra importance to the fans; now it's not only a place in the final at stake but local bragging rights too.


I think if you'd have asked most Orient fans their preferred tie, it would have been an overwhelming response of Oxford. Southend supporters provide a fair share of resentment towards Orient fans and their eagerness to get one over on us will make the tie a lot more difficult to navigate in my opinion. But all we have to do is beat a League Two side over two legs, it can't be that difficult can it?

The only negative from last night is that it looks as if we may be missing Kevin Lisbie for a few weeks as he seemed to pull up with another hamstring injury. The 34-year-old makes us tick and it is no coincidence that we win considerably more games when he's in the team then when he's not. Fortunately though, we have David Mooney in the form of his life and with the January transfer window in full swing, at least Russell Slade has the opportunity to recruit some reinforcements at the top end of the pitch.

I really hope Barry Hearn digs deep into his pockets over the next month as this season has the potential to be an extremely fruitful one if the squad is strengthened. We are still competing on three different levels and the physical demands of playing two games a week for the majority of the season would be a monumental challenge for our small squad to deal with.

However, with two or three additions to the team, Russell Slade should have the necessary scope to rotate the squad and that will hopefully ensure that a successful end to the season is secured, hopefully with some silverware to boot!

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