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  • Football League One
  • 13 October 2012
  • Att: 5715
  • Ref: Steve Martin
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LEWIS GRABBAN | Bournemouth 1-0
The goal could be accredited to Francis, Pugh or Grabban. An inswinging corner from Simon Francis was heading staright for the far corner with Pugh and Grabban both claiming a slight touch
MARC PUGH | Bournemouth 2-0
A pass out from the Orient keeper was quickly closed down by Pugh and O’Kane. As the defender tried to pass the ball out it rebounded off Pugh who went pass the keeper, pulled back to avoid a defender and poked the ball into the net.

“We posed a threat from corners for most of the afternoon and got a lucky break for the first one.” DENNIS ROFE – Caretaker boss










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Its been a long time coming, but finally the first home win of the season and the first three points for a very long time. Coincidenece that Eddie Howe was in the stands, probably, as this was effectively still Paul Groves team picked by Dennis Rofe.

“The line-up still puzzled us. Where was Zubar? Where was Tubbs? At least Josh McQuoid was on the bench”

The performance, while improved, was still showing the hallmarks of the Paul Groves era. The line-up still puzzled us. Where was Zubar? Where was Tubbs? At least Josh McQuoid was on the bench. Eddie Howe will undoutedly take a good look at central defence and hopefully consign Addison to the bench. He reminds us of that big, slow Southampton central defender, cant remember his name. He was great in League One, but was soon found out in the Championship. Exactly what will happen to Addison if we ever make it.
The presence of the new manager meant that most of the players upped there game, but the game was still pretty flat, but a few will have impressed. Marc Pugh, the only player on the pitch Eddie Howe has coached previously, was the standout player. O’Kane had a pretty good game and looks like he is getting used to life in League One. He still looks lightweight but the signs are good. Simon Francis was as consistent as ever and produced another good performance. One man who would not have made an impression, well not a good one, would have been Lewis Grabban, a poor first touch and poor decision-making. Will Eddie make him into the new Liam Feeney. He certainly looks like he needs a little guidance.
The tactics were a little reserved for a home game, 4-5-1, which meant that Lee Barnard rarely got any service. We could have played with three up front and three at the back and Orient would probably never have scored. They were poor, we were slighly better and finally got a bit of luck. The new era begins in earnest next week, and it will surely be a much better one. Well, it couldn’t be much worse.



#afcb thought Lorenzo looked tidy when he came on maybe Tom Mitchell has an eye for a player after all
@TheFL72 First home win of the season for #afcb . With Eddie in the stand, the only way is up hopefully! #utciad
A great 2nd half performance from the lads and the fans we can achieve greatness together and with the Eddie factor anything is poss #afcb
I have to say, it doesn’t matter where you play, winning makes a weekend so much more enjoyable! #AFCB
#afcb were 20/1 for promotion this morning. Now 11/1 best price after 90 minutes of football #madness
Great performance second half, haven’t walked away from a game feeling like this in ages #afcb #EddieHowesBarmyArmy
Great result for #afcb second half the atmosphere was electric!



The Start of Things to Come?
The day began, the sun shone – it was true – he had returned. Messiah or Trojan Horse – we pray for the first, we think of King Kenny’s return and put that in a corner of our minds labelled “Do not disturb”. The bar was busy before the game – surely a bumper crowd today of all days – clearly the East Stand hadn’t been following the saga and many remained home, too hurt from previous experiences. Even Nonny had a previous England appointment so it was up to the rest of us.
The first half Howe must have been wondering if he’d brought any Tippex for the recently signed contract (other correctional fluids are available)
For some unknown reason we played, at home, in a 4-5-1 formation and even more inexplicably, Grabban was on the pitch. Luckily so was Symes and he ably showed why we’d allowed him to slip through our fingers by putting in his usual lazy, slack performance we’d been used to. My Orient pal, sitting in the away end, text me to say he was the worst player he’d ever seen put on an Orient shirt – high praise indeed.

Pugh, on the other hand, was sublime. By the end of the 1st half it wasn’t just the right back that was gibbering like a fool – they all were. He seemed to be everywhere, picking up the ball, bamboozling the opposition, and crossing, yes crossing the ball dangerously. Despite this cameo effort, AFCB threatened very little. The first 30 minutes produced a few half chances with Pugh’s deliveries being hurriedly cleared by a rather disappointing Orient side.

Then on 33 minutes, after James’ dropped catch luckily spilled to a defender, a quick break had O’Kane through 1 on 1. This was the time to show Tubbs how it was done. It was the time, but composure comes with confidence, something the team still lacks and indecision allowed Orient to get back and crowd the ball out of play. This led to the best patch of play for the home side with a flurry of corners. To be fair, the whole first half was Bournemouth’s, but we still didn’t look like scoring. The half did end on another high note for me though as 5’2” Cox tried to shoulder barge Addison off the ball. The look on Miles’ face as he thought he’d been bumped by a fly was priceless.

The 2nd half started – and the crowd came ALIVE!!!!

Eddie Howe’s Barmy Army started on kick off, then carried on and on and on and ON. The noise was AMAZING – it dipped and crescendo’d but NEVER Stopped. The players seemed inspired by it as attack after attack rained down on the Orient defence. Shots were blocked, crosses hoofed away, but the cracks were showing. Then, on 65 minutes, the breakthrough came. The crowd were into their 20th consecutive minute as Francis took an umpteenth corner. The ball went into the danger area – a flick on – and a goal in the bottom left corner. Pugh ran away as if he’d got it – the scorecard had it as a Francis goal and solent said it was Grabban. I don’t care who it was – I was just glad the crowd’s efforts had been rewarded.

We, the fans, needed this more than the players, I feel. Two minutes later and the lead was doubled. This time there was no doubt it was Pugh. Jumping on the mis-control of a defender he ran at the goal, rounded the keeper and had the goal at his mercy. All those that know Pugh will have realised that scoring here would have been far too easy. So instead he waited for a defender to run back, so that he could round him too and run it into the net. Thank God he didn’t bu$$er that up !!!

The last 20 minutes or so it was the Lorenzo Davids’ show. Bossing the midfield, pinging beautiful diagonal balls and all round doing the job we’d all craved all season. Sure, he’s still not fit enough for 90 minutes, but finally we got to see the player he could be.

Summary – We already know that we have good players – and today many stood up and were counted. What we don’t know is whether they can be a team and that’s Howe’s task.
If the players we have CAN play as a unit and tough decisions made as to whether all of the players are wanted/needed at the club, I firmly believe we could be a force to be reckoned with – and play-offs are not out of our grasp. Overly optimistic, maybe, but finally I’m looking forward to going to games and if the crowd does its job like it did in the 2nd half, who knows what we can achieve.

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