Kenny Jackett made two changes to the team that started at the weekend against Salford, Theo Archibald replaced the injured Paul Smyth, while Ruel Sotiriou came in for Craig Clay. Elsewhere, academy prospects Jephte Tanga and Zech Obiero made the bench.
The visitors enjoyed early possession and were spurred on by their travelling support. Their first clear cut chance came after 12 minutes. Dykes latched onto a loose ball and played a perfect pass to Albert Adomah – who could only fire over, one-on-one with Vigouroux.
QPR soon opened the scoring though, and it was the same man who scored at the weekend against Millwall. An R’s corner was whipped into the box and the centre-back met the ball to head home.
Orient looked to dust themselves off and respond immediately, but despite Theo Archibald’s excellent deliveries into the box – the O’s couldn’t get anyone on the end to apply the finishing touch.
Adomah continued to threaten the O’s and the Ghanaian international provided Lyndon Dykes the perfect pass, but the forward’s volley from ten-yards flew over the bar.
Mark Warburton’s men certainly had the better of the first-half, however, a well crafted Orient move came close to levelling things up at the break. Dan Kemp and Theo Archibald combined well, with the latter switching the ball to James, who was able to square to Drinan – but the forward’s finish lacked power and trickled wide.
Kenny Jackett’s team had one last sniff at goal before the break. Tom James’ corner was flicked on by Beckles, but his defensive partner, Dan Happe, couldn’t quite stretch out a foot to tap home.
HALF-TIME: Leyton Orient 0-1 QPR
The Hoops were the first to look to the bench at half-time and Warburton introduced a familiar face. Moses Odubajo, who graduated through Orient’s academy, replaced Lee Wallace.
Not just the first sub on; Odubajo was the first player in the book for a naughty foul on Ruel Sotiriou.
Jordan Archer was close to blushes when Tom James’ cross from the right-flank darted goal bound, but the goalkeeper did enough to turn it behind.
Orient began to take control of the match as time ticked on. Kemp’s low corner travelled through a pack of bodies to Happe five yards out, but the defender couldn’t find the net.
The home team did find the equaliser in the 74th minute. James long throw caused QPR all kinds of problems and the ball broke kindly to Drinan who turned the ball home.
From there, it looked like only one team would steal a winner. Ruel Sotiriou and Omar Beckles both forced Archer into important saves. Ruel’s half-volley forced a top reaction save from the ‘keeper and from that same move, he managed to flick a stinging Beckles shot onto the bar!
Orient pushed in the closing stages, but the teams couldn’t be separated in normal time. A penalty-shoot out is always a frustrating way to lose a game, and unfortunately it was the O’s who would be disappointed.
Aaron Drinan, Tom James and Dan Kemp and dispatched their penalties, but Ruel Sotiriou’s effort smashed the bar and was ultimately the difference – as QPR finished all five of their efforts.
Orient: Vigouroux, James, Beckles, Happe, Wood, Pratley, Kyprianou, Kemp, Sotiriou, Drinan, Archibald
Bench: Sargeant, Clay, Young, Sweeney, Ogie, Obiero, Tanga
Goals: Drinan 74’
Booked: Wood 64’
QPR: Archer, Kakay, Wallace (Odubajo 46’), Dickie, Barbet (Kelman 61’), Dykes, Thomas, Dozzell, Dunne, Bettache (Ball 83’), Adomah
Bench: Walsh, Willock, Masterson, Duke-McKenna
Goals: Dickie 16’
Booked: Odubajo 59’
Ref: Craig Hicks