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ALLSOP: 'Justice Was Done'

21 November 2012

Penalty save hero says spot kick should never have been given in the first place

RYAN ALLSOP thought justice was served when he saved Izale McLeod's first half penalty to help set Orient on their way to the points at Portsmouth on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old keeper felt he had won the ball in a challenge with the home side's Brian Howard with the score at 0-0, but referee Graham Scott ruled otherwise and pointed to the spot.

Allsop blocked the resulting spot kick from McLeod and Orient went on to claim a thrilling 3-2 victory.

"I spoke about it [a McLeod penalty] with Deardo [Kevin Dearden, goalkeeping coach] before and he said that he might not catch it cleanly, so I just had to hold and see where he was going to go," said Allsop.

"Luckily I guessed right and stuck a leg out to save it. It shouldn't have been a penalty anyway because I got the ball. I think justice was done.

"We did well to get the lead, and it was good to get the second goal after half time, but we just had a shaky 10 or 15 minutes and let them get back in the game.

"It got the crowd onside again and it was probably more exciting that it should have been, but we did well to see out the win.

"Confidence is really high, we'll push each other on and hopefully carry the unbeaten run on."

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