The final instalment of our look at 2014
The O’s continue to struggle at home as Swindon win 2-1 at The Matchroom Stadium. Midfielder Jack Price joins the club on loan from Championship outfit on the same day that Kevin Nugent claims his first win as O’s boss with a 2-0 victory at Dagenham & Redbridge in which Jay Simpson scored his first goals for the club. There is then late drama at Sheffield United as Romain Vincelot’s equaliser in the dying seconds of added time seals a point for Orient in a bizarre 2-2 draw, Jack Price makes his Orient debut. Orient then contest a 0-0 draw at home to MK Dons and announce the signing of Italian striker Gianvito Plasmati before winning 2-0 away at Doncaster with Jay Simpson and Darius Henderson on the scoresheet. A disappointing 3-0 defeat at Port Vale follows however and Mauro Milanese replaces Kevin Nugent as manager. Josh Wright signs on loan from Millwall and Mauro Milanese hands Gianvito Plasmati his debut in his first game at home to Preston but the O’s lose 2-0.
4/10/14 SWINDON (H) LEAGUE 1 -L 1-2
7/10/14 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE (A) JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY - W 2-0
11/10/14 SHEFFIELD UNITED (A) LEAGUE 1 - D 2-2
18/10/14 MK DONS (H) LEAGUE 1 - D 0-0
21/10/14 DONCASTER (A) LEAGUE 1 - W 2-0
25/10/14 PORT VALE (A) LEAGUE 1 - L 0-3
28/10/14 PRESTON (H) LEAGUE 1 - L 0-2
Elsewhere, Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian children's rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi share the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
Majestic Moment: Romain Vincelot's dramatic late equaliser at Bramall Lane
Orient begin the month by announcing the signing of former Liverpool and Napoli defender Andrea Dossena. The O’s come within a whisker of claiming their first home win of the season when they host Coventry but the visitors snatch a 90th minute equaliser. Orient then travel to Oldham in the FA Cup first round but fall at the first hurdle and lose 1-0. Mauro Milanese then claims his first win as boss and the O’s first home victory of the season as they defeat Northampton 2-0 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. There is to be more drama in added time the following weekend as Orient lose 3-2 at Gillingham in the league despite Gianvito Plasmati scoring his first goal for the club and Chris Dagnall looking to have snatched a point late on. Andrea Dossena also made his debut in the match at Priestfield. Chris Dagnall then produces a superb solo performance as Orient claim their first home League 1 win of the season with a 4-1 victory against Crewe. November ends with a trip to Bradford but the O’s lose 3-1 as Chris Dagnall is shown a straight red with the score at 1-1.
1/11/14 COVENTRY (H) LEAGUE 1 -D 2-2
8/11/14 OLDHAM (A) FA CUP - L 0-1
11/11/14 NORTHAMPTON (H) JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY - W 2-0
15/11/14 GILLINGHAM (A) LEAGUE 1 - L 2-3
22/11/14 CREWE (H) LEAGUE 1 - W 4-1
29/11/14 BRADFORD (A) LEAGUE 1 - L 1-3
In other news, The Church of England adopts legislation paving the way for the appointment of female bishops.
Majestic Moment: Nick Brown scores an unbelievable goal in the FA Youth Cup
December begins with defeat as Gillingham win 1-0 to knock the O’s out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Kevin Dearden then departs the club due to personal reasons while Mauro Milanese returns to sporting director as former Lazio midfielder Fabio Liverani is named the new O’s manager on a two-and-a-half year deal. Liverani’s reign as Orient manager begins with a home defeat as Peterborough run out 2-1 winners despite Shaun Batt scoring his first goal of the calendar year. The O’s then travel to Barnsley a week later but suffer their fourth loss on the trot as the hosts win 2-0. Orient end the year on a high however as Fabio Liverani claims his first win as manager on Boxing Day when the O’s thump Crawley 4-1. 2014 is then brought to an end with an impressive 3-0 win away at Yeovil in which Kevin Lisbie marks his return from a four month absence by scoring Orient’s second of the night.
6/12/14 GILLINGHAM (A) JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY -L 0-1
13/12/14 PETERBOROUGH (H) LEAGUE 1 - L 1-2
20/12/14 BARNSLEY (A) LEAGUE 1 - L 0-2
26/11/14 CRAWLEY (H) LEAGUE 1 - W 4-1
29/11/14 YEOVIL (A) LEAGUE 1 - W 3-0
Meanwhile, the Wealdstone Raider reaches 5th in the charts but misses out on Christmas number one to X Factor winner Bean Haenow.
Majestic Moment: Orient turn on the style on Boxing Day with a vintage performance with some top class goals