2014 in review part 2/4

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Leyton Orient start the month by earning a point at Sheffield United. Russell Slade’s side then produce a brilliant team performance to destroy Gillingham 5-1 at home. David Mooney becomes the first Orient player in 16 years to score 20 goals in a season while Dean Cox puts the finishing touch on a fine team goal which involved 9 of the 10 outfield players in the build up. The win confirmed the O’s Play-Off spot but any hopes of automatic promotion are dashed on Good Friday when they lose 2-1 at Crawley. Three days later Orient host Wolves at The Matchroom Stadium for their second sell-out of the season live on Sky but the visitors run out 3-1 victors. The O’s end the month with a win however as Kevin Lisbie and Chris Dagnall fire Orient to a 2-0 victory against Tranmere.
12/4/14 GILLINGHAM (H) LEAGUE 1 – W 5-1
18/4/14 CRAWLEY (A) LEAGUE 1 – L 1-2
21/4/14 WOLVES (H) LEAGUE 1 – L 1-3
26/4/14 TRANMERE (H) LEAGUE 1 – W 2-0
Manchester united sack David Moyes after only 10 months in charge and place Ryan Giggs in charge on an interim basis.
Majestic Moment: The goal of the season as Dean Cox finishes the finest move you ever did see…

Orient end the domestic campaign in fantastic style, winning 3-1 away at MK Dons to set a new club record for away wins in a season with 13. Moses Odubajo is named the Football League’s Young Player of the Month for April. The O’s then draw the first leg of the Play-Off Semi-Final at Peterborough 1-1. Britt Assombalonga headed Posh ahead but Moses Odubajo cancelled it out with a strike midway through the second half to set up a grandstand night in E10. The second leg does not fail to disappoint as Orient book a place at Wembley on a dramatic night at Brisbane Road. Dean Cox rifles in a 60th minute opener before Chris Dagnall doubles the O’s lead to send the home fans into jubilation. Despite Peterborough pulling a goal back late on through Conor Washington Orient manage to hold on to spark celebrations at the final whistle. Nathan Clarke leads Orient out at Wembley for the League 1 Play-Off Final against Rotherham and the O’s race into a 2-0 lead at halftime thanks to goals from Moses Odubajo and Dean Cox. Russell Slade’s side were unable to hold on however as Alex Revell scored a quick-fire double to take the tie into extra time before Rotherham win 4-3 on penalties to earn promotion to the Championship. Following an excellent campaign Orient manager Russell Slade is named joint League 1 Manager of the Season. As preparations get underway for the new season Lloyd James and Gary Sawyer sign new contracts while Jake Larkins, Yohann Lasimant, De`Reece Vanderhyde, Johnny Gorman and Robbie Simpson are all released.
3/5/14 MK DONS (A) LEAGUE 1 – W 3-1
10/5/14 PETERBOROUGH (A) LEAGUE 1 PO S/F – D 1-1
13/5/14 PETERBOROUGH (H) LEAGUE 1 PO S/F – L 1-3
25/5/14 ROTHERHAM (N) LEAGUE 1 – D 2-2 AET (L 3-4 ON PENS)
Elsewhere, The latest Michael Jackson album named Xscape was released and debuted at number 1 in the album charts.
Majestic Moment: A night to remember in E10…

Despite no activity on the pitch there is plenty off the field as chairman Barry Hearn enters talks with Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti regarding the sale of his shareholding of the club. The O’s longest serving player Jamie Jones ended a six-year affiliation with the club to sign for League 1 rivals Preston North End. Orient act quickly to replace Jones however and announce the signing of former Derby goalkeeper Adam Legzdins on a two-year deal. The O’s then confirm the departure of winger Moses Odubajo who moves to Brentford in a club record fee. Pre-season fixtures against Dartford, Gateshead, Northampton, QPR and Ipswich Town are announced while the O’s draw Plymouth Argyle in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
Elsewhere, the England national team endure a torrid time in Brazil as Roy Hodgson’s side crash out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the group stage.
Majestic Moment: The quietest month of the year in many ways but Nathan Clarke was on hand for a summer version of his captain’s log