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How much longer will this lack of team work carry on?
Langmead plays but, like Jesper, has no one alongside him.
Leyton Orient
  Alexander 20
  Lockwood 69 (pen)
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Saturday 4th September 2004 
Yet another disappointing result

In came new striker Kelvin Langmead in place of Jesper Christiansen only to find himself with a similar problem not of his own making.  In this team lad, you play by yourself.

In this new complicated formation of Jan's it's just one striker up front and two wide men.  That was the reason why Jesper was a failure and it'll be for the same reason if Langmead fails to score.

Orient played with two up front, Steele and Alexander, and the difference was there for all to see.  The rest of their team had a choice of target men to aim for and they, in turn, could work off each other.

Poor old Kelvin was isolated and it wasn't until Ian Foster came on towards the end of the game that we started to look a threat.

This kind of game play cannot go on though.  After todays defeat, which leaves us second from bottom, there MUST be a change in our way of playing.  The team don't like it and the paying public definitely don't like it.

Apart from the first sighting of Langmead we kicked off with a first start for Richie Appleby and the other new signing, Steve McMahon, was on the bench.  Chris McHale came in for the injured Dean Keates.

For the first twenty minutes there was nothing to get excited about for either set of fans until another moment of lack of concentration for Adrian Viveash.  Again he was caught napping and again he was slow to turn when the ball, and Gary Alexander, flashed past him to slot the ball beyond John Danby into the far side of the goal.

It was no more than we deserved, and no less than Orient.

Orient could have increased their lead just minutes later when Alan White headed just wide following a long throw from Hunt.  That's something we have never had, a player who can take good throw ins.

Our only sight of goal in an action unpacked first half was from Freddy but his shot went straight at Lee Harrison, the O's keeper.

HT. 0 - 1

The second period saw an immediate change when Freddy Advice failed to re-appear and McMahon was given his first taste of being a Harrier.  He slotted in well and left his mark on an Orient player straight away as he went in with both feet and was lucky to escape with a lecture.

A few minutes later and World War 3 broke out but it was too far away to see what was actually happening.  All we could see was the bookings of Jenkins for us and Alexander for them.

We should have had a penalty awarded to us for a push on Langmead but the fussy referee waved it away.  He didn't do likewise for Orient later on though.

Looking to be in no real danger Chris McHale bought down substitute Tom Newey on the edge of the area and the ref pointed straight at the spot.  Up stepped Matty Lockwood to take it and with the Harriers fans knowing that John Danby would do his best to stop it he poked it just to his right.  John got a paw to it but could only help it into the net.

A third was almost added soon after when Steele saw his goalbound shot cleared off the line by Steve Burton.

We had a few chances to score ourselves in this slightly improved second half but most of them fell for Simon Brown who was being his usual greedy self.  On four occasions he sent the ball either well over or well wide when it would have been easier and more fruitful to pass the ball to someone else.  Langmead must be wondering why he's here.

A quarter of a hour from the end Jan bought on Ian Foster for Stuart Roberts, to play alongside Langmead.  The difference was there for all to see.  We looked more of a threat but it was probably too late by now, or was it?

With the fourth official getting ready to show his 'Fergie time board' Fozzie swooped onto a long punt from Burton to lift the ball over the keepers head.  A typical Foster goal but it was all too late.

Swansea away next week and, in a way, the scene of Jan's return.  He'll be hoping a bad result for us is not to be his swansong.

He's got to change his tactics to make sure it's not.

FT. 1 - 2

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Danby     Harrison  
Jenkins   Zakuani
Burton     Lockwood  
Viveash     White  
Hatswell     Miller  
McHale   Hunt  
Brown     Simpson
Appleby     Steele  
Langmead     Alexander
Advice     Scott  
Roberts     Carlisle  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Lewis     Morris  
Christiansen     Saah  
McMahon   Newey  
Foster     Barnard  
Gleeson     Ibehre  

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