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By Trevor Davies, Leyton orient correspondent
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Capital One Cup first round: Charlton Athletic 1 Leyton Orient 1 (Orient won 4-3 on pens)
Teenage striker Ryan Brunt kept ice cool to blast home the final penalty as O’s knocked London rivals Charlton out of the Capital One Cup in a dramatic shoot-out.
Orient took the Championship side to spot-kicks after Mathieu Baudry netted in first-half stoppage time to wipe out Scott Wagstaff’s opener on 28 minutes.
In a drama-drenched ending Michael Symes put O’s ahead in the shoot-out after Ryan Allsop pulled off a great save from Jonnie Jackson and then Gary Sawyer made it 2-0 after Lawrie Wilson had rattled the bar.
Danny Green got Charlton off the mark with their third spot kick, before Ben Chorley saw his kick saved.
Bradley Wright Phillips levelled things up at 2-2 but Lloyd James gave O’s a 3-2 lead with the fourth kick, only for but Bradley Pritchard to level
However Brunt, on as a substitute, stepped up and blasted home the final kick to put Orient through.
Orient boss Russell Slade gave six players their debuts as O’s launched their new season in the Capital One Cup and opted to play a diamond in midfield with Baudry at the base and Dean Cox at the point.
During a low key start Orient looked more resilient than last season with Scott Cuthbert and new skipper Nathan Clarke solid at the back.
Both sides could only create half-chances in the first 20 minutes, but it was the League One team that had the better openings.
Former Charlton man Kevin Lisbie tested Ben Hamer in the home goal and then David Mooney fired wide of an open goal from 25 yards after a defensive mix-up.
Charlton enjoyed more possession, but it was from a breakaway that the home side took the lead on 28 minutes when Wagstaff’s shot from the right deflected off Gary Sawyer as he attempted to block the effort and the ball skidded past Ryan Allsop at his near post.
The home side went close to adding a second shortly afterwards when Danny Green fired wide from the edge of the box following some great build-up play.
But O’s finished the half strongly and were rewarded in stoppage time when the Charlton defence went to sleep as Sawyer sent in a corner from the right and Baudry headed home a debut goal from close range.
Orient had a golden opportunity to take the lead at the start of the second half when Mooney was tripped in the box after Jimmy Smith sent him clear.
But the striker picked himself up and fired the spot kick against the bar, behind the goal where the O’s fans were massed.
The visitors went close again when Smith saw a header drift just wide from another Sawyer corner.
As the half progressed the game started to boil up and after Mooney was replaced by Michael Symes, then Charlton boss Chris Powell was sent to the stand by referee Ward for something he said
It seemed to act as a spur to the home side and Orient were lucky to remain level when Green fired an effort against the post as the visitors rode their luck, especially from set pieces.
But Orient had their moments and should have taken the lead 11 minutes from time when Dean Cox went on a great run but saw his effort from 16 yards well saved by Hamer.
As the game drifted towards extra time Orient boss Slade threw striker Ryan Brunt into the action in place of Kevin Lisbie and the striker, on loan from Stoke City, had a great chance two minutes from time.
He raced clear and shot at Hamer from a tight angle with Symes unmarked in the middle, but neither side could make the breakthrough and the tie went into extra-time.
The O’s made their final change six minutes into the extra period when Ben Chorley replaced Clarke.
But it was Charlton who looked the most dangerous in stoppage time and had a couple of half-chances, before Powell made a double change for the final 15 minutes and threw Jonnie Jackson and Bradley Wright-Phillips into the fray.
O’s came under instant pressure and Smith cleared a header from Leon Cort off the line.
Then Symes went close at the other end and saw his header knocked off the line as both sides went for broke, but neither side could make the breakthrough as the tie went to spot-kicks.
Charlton Athletic: Hamer, Evina, Taylor, Green, Wagstaff, Kerkar (Pritchard 97), Cook (Jackson 106), Hollands, Wilson, Cort, Smith (Wright-Phillips 106). Subs: Sullivan, Morrison, Solly, Hayes.
Orient: Allsop 6, James 6, *Cuthbert 8, Clarke 7 (Chorley 96), Sawyer 7; Baudry 8, Smith 6, Griffith 7, Cox 7, Mooney 5 (Symes 64), Lisbie 6 (Brunt 83 mins) . Subs: Grainger, McSweeney, Laird, Odubajo.
Orient bookings: James (25 mins), Sawyer (70 mins), Chorley (97 mins), Symes (119)
Attendance: 5,914 (inc 979 Orient fans)
Referee: G Ward