DAVID MOONEY’S goal in the 78th minute appeared to be sufficient to book the O’s passage into the fourth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser only for the Tigers to produce a smash and grab last-gasp equaliser deep in added time that sets up a replay at Brisbane Road next week.
The O’s scorer talked to Orient Player after the match.
What’s the feeling in the dressing-room, pride at the performance or disappointment at not quite seeing it through?
“I don’t think it would have been too much of a shock if we had won the game considering the way we played. Obviously we are devastated to have conceded the goal in the last two or three minutes but I think we can go away with a lot of pride of how we played.
“We probably passed it as well as we have done all season so from that aspect, we go away very pleased. Hopefully, we will put on a good show in another cup game on Tuesday against Yeovil.”
That was probably the first real chance they had in 90 minutes and so for the goal to come so late in the game must have been a real blow?
“It was, I think that Paul McShane had a header midway through the second-half but I don’t really remember anything else, maybe their lad who scored [Nick Proschwitz] had a shot wide but they didn’t really create an awful lot. I probably should have had a penalty if I’m being honest but I thought that we played really well and we controlled the game in large parts and it was just unfortunate that we couldn’t see it through.”
After the nature of the defeat at Yeovil last Tuesday, it must have been very encouraging to have bounced back with that performance today?
“Yeovil on Tuesday was obviously disappointing but that’s football isn’t it, you can have one of those off games. We just didn’t get the performance we wanted, we were a bit flat and to be fair to them, they played better on the day. But the pitch was probably the worst I’ve ever played on and we just didn’t adapt to the conditions and they did.
“Considering the run we’ve been on, you have to put it into perspective of how well we’ve been doing. But today we bounced back well and played the way we have been doing. Obviously Kev [Lisbie] coming back in gives us that outlet, he holds it up up front and we can squeeze the pitch and play off him.
The FA Cup has been really good to you this year, you’ve scored in every round…
“It’s pleasing how well it’s gone for myself but for the team especially and it [the goal] put us in the hat for the next round. We’ve got the replay at home and if we play as we have done today, then hopefully we can win the game.”
The ball that came in for your header was just what you want as a striker…
“It was. I’d made one or two runs and probably took the defender out and thankfully, he’s [Dean Cox] put it on my head and I just managed to glance it in. I think it was what we deserved at that stage of the game and it’s a pity we just couldn’t hold on.”
Looking at the next game, that’s in the cup as well although a different competition. Does this performance give us the lift we need ahead of that one?
“Yes it does, it’s the semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday and it gives us a great chance to reach the area final and progress onto Wembley. But it’s going to be a massive game for both clubs. It’s a massive game for Yeovil as well as ourselves. Hopefully we can put on a good performance. We beat them at home earlier on in the season so hopefully we can do it again.”
And a quick chance for us to get revenge for that result last Tuesday?
“Yes, we didn’t do ourselves justice but hopefully, we’ll have one of two of the bodies back like we had today and that will make a big difference.”
Returning to today’s game, talk us through the incident when you appeared to be fouled in the penalty area without getting the decision.
“I nicked the ball off their player and he’s pulled me down once and I tried to get back up and I think he’s pulled me down again. For the life of me, I don’t know how the referee hasn’t given it but it’s just one of those things.”
Is this the best spell of your career in terms of goals scored?
“Yes, I think so. I’ve been playing really well recently and today, I probably had a good game regardless of the goal. As a team, we are playing well and if we can all keep it going, then you never know where we might end up. Possibly Hull might bring back in a couple of players for the replay who didn’t play today but if we play as well as we have done today and they are a little off again and we take one or two of the chances we created, then we’ve got a great chance. Today, we passed the ball well, created chances but as I said, we just couldn’t hold on at the end when they threw everything at us.”