IT WAS a real moment to savour.
When Dean Cox picked up possession just inside his own half 29 minutes into Tuesday’s game at Walsall, few could have predicted what was about to happen.
The O’s winger looked up, took aim and beat Saddlers keeper Karl Darlow from fully 60 yards as Orient established a 2-0 lead.
They went on to win 2-1 and Cox was thrilled to open his account for the season in such fine style.
“I still can’t believe it to be honest,” he said. “Griff got smashed on the halfway line and they sort of stopped, so I was able to take a touch, look up and have a go.
“He [the keeper] wasn’t off his line much, but it’s ended up in the top corner so great. Maybe they thought the ref was going to give the foul, but he gave the advantage and I’m thankful for that.
“It was a lovely feeling when it went in. I’ve never scored one like it before and I hope the fans don’t get too carried away because I don’t think there’ll be too many more of them!”
Cox’s goal backed up Lee Cook’s opener, which was a quality strike in its own right.
Orient were well deserving of their two-goal lead at the break, but had to fight hard to keep hold of their advantage in the second period and Cox was delighted to take maximum points.
“I thought we played really well in the first half,” he added. “We went one up front, but we were still able to create chances – Jimmy’s had one saved, I had one saved from a rare header.
“Great finish from Cookie for his goal too and we were well worthy of our 2-0 lead at half time.
“We didn’t feel that we kept the ball well enough in the second half, but we dug deep and nicked it 2-1 so we’re delighted in the end.”