Charlton Athletic 1 – 1 Leyton Orient
(AET. Orient won 4-3 on penalties)
Capital One Cup Round One
ORIENT defeated Charlton Athletic in a dramatic penalty shootout to cause a Capital One Cup shock at The Valley on Tuesday night.
The O’s triumphed 4-3 from the spot after the game finished locked at 1-1 as debutant keeper Ryan Allsop made himself the hero by saving from Johnnie Jackson at the start of the shootout.
It was an even an entertaining game, which saw Orient come from behind to cancel out Scott Wagstaff’s 29th minute opener.
Mathieu Baudry, one of eight debutants for the visitors, was Orient’s goalscorer, getting his head on the end of a Gary Sawyer header to bring Orient in level at the break.
Chances came and went for both sides – none better than David Mooney’s missed penalty right at the start of the second period, but in the end 120 minutes of football couldn’t separate them.
Inside the first minute Orient were given a warning by the Addicks when their new signings Salim Kerkar wasn’t closed down in midfield and fired in a shot that had Ryan Allsop worried enough to dive but rolled wide of the far post.
The first save of the night, though, was made by Charlton’s Ben Hamer, who dropped down to his right to pounce on Kevin Lisbie’s low shot after he was able to turn on the edge of the box.
Mooney then wasted a glorious chance when Hamer’s free kick cannoned off his own defender Matt Taylor and fell to the O’s man with Charlton’s keeper off his line.
But Mooney, who had an extended loan spell at The Valley earlier in his career, couldn’t profit, knocking his 30-yard effort over the top.
Charlton were focusing their early attacks down the left flank and it was from one of these raids that they won a corner which ended with Danny Green forcing a save from Allsop on 14 minutes.
The opening goal came via a break down the other side though, as the home side cleared a Nathan Clarke long throw and swiftly worked their way downfield. Wagstaff had space in the right channel as Jordan Cook fed the ball through and he shot as he entered the area, with a deflection off Gary Sawyer taking the ball past a helpless Allsop.
The O’s keeper would probably have had Wagstaff’s effort covered had it not been for the touch off the left back, but aside from the fortunate finish Orient would have been disappointed with the ease in which they turned a defensive situation into a goalscoring one.
Green was inches away from a second moments later, but the O’s ensured parity would be restored before the break when they struck from a corner on the stroke of half time.
Sawyer delivered the cross from the right and Baudry was left unattended to power his header home from eight yards.
The O’s had the perfect chance to turn the game on its head when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Mooney by Lawrie Wilson five minutes after the restart.
Mooney picked himself up to take the spot kick but couldn’t convert as his powerful effort thudded against the crossbar and away from goal.
Jimmy Smith then headed wide from another Sawyer corner as the O’s made a strong start to the second period, but at the other end Leon Cort was inches away from a goal when a corner from the right skimmed off the top of his head with Allsop struggling.
It all got a bit heated midway through the half when Michael Symes, just on as a sub for Mooney, was awarded a free kick just outside the box.
Home boss Chris Powell disagreed with referee Gavin Ward’s decision and took his protests to the point that he was sent to the stands by the official.
The ire of the home fans had been provoked – as had their noise levels – and ironically it was a decision against Symes that next had them off their feet.
He was penalised for a handball 35 yards from goal and Green’s cleverly directed free kick had the beating of Allsop down low to his right, but not of the near post, which came to the visitors’ rescue.
11 minutes from time they almost made the most of that let off when Charlton could only get a Lloyd James cross clear as far as Cox, who made space inside the area and shot powerfully towards goal, only for Hamer to produce a strong hand to keep it out.
Having survived that earlier Charlton flurry, it was the visitors who were ending the 90 minutes the stronger and sub Ryan Brunt was denied by Hamer after breaking the offside trap to make a burst in the left channel, before a wicked Cox delivery from a corner evaded everyone in the middle.
There was still time for the Addicks’ winger Green to send a right footed effort whistling past the far post, but neither side could find another so extra time it was.
Nine minutes into the additional period Allsop had to scamper across his goal to keep out a free kick from home midfielder Kerkar.
The game looked to be fizzling out, so Charlton introduced Johnnie Jackson and Bradley Wright-Phillips from the bench at the midpoint of extra time.
Wright-Phillips did add more bite to the home attack, but Orient still had chances of their own and Cedric Evina was called upon to clear the ball off the line after Brunt got up to meet a Sawyer corner.
Penalties was the eventual outcome and the shootout began perfectly for the visitors when Allsop saved from Jackson and Symes found the back of the net.
It got better as Lawrie Wilson’s spot kick crashed off the bar and Sawyer netted. Green eventually netted for the hosts and they had hope when Hamer dived to his left to save from Ben Chorley.
Lloyd James followed Wright-Phillips in successfully converting and Ryan Brunt finished the job to give the O’s a memorable 4-3 shootout victory.
Charlton: Hamer; Wilson, Taylor, Cort, Evina; Green, Hollands, Kerkar (Pritchard 100), Cook (Jackson 106); Wagstaff, Smith (Wright-Phillips 106)
Subs: Morrison, Sullivan (GK), Solly, Hayes
Goal: Wagstaff 29
Leyton Orient: Allsop; James, Cuthbert, Clarke (Chorley 96), Sawyer; Baudry; Griffith, Cox, Smith; Mooney (Symes 64), Lisbie (Brunt 83)
Subs: McSweeney, Laird, Odubajo, Grainger (GK)
Goal: Baudry 45+1
Booked: James, Sawyer, Chorley, Symes
Penalties: Jackson missed, Symes scored (0-1); Wilson missed, Sawyer scored (0-2); Green scored, Chorley missed (1-2); Wright-Phillips scored, James scored (2-3); Pritchard scored, Brunt scored (3-4)
Referee: Gavin Ward
Attendance: 5,914 (979 away)