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18:31 27th February 2010

Report: Leyton Orient 0 Town 0

Danny Wilson will be satisfied with a point from a turgid encounter at The Matchroom Stadium in which either side could have claimed the victory.

Town bossed possession during the early stages of the game, which was played at a pedestrian pace befitting of the atmosphere inside The Matchroom Stadium.

However it was Orient who had the first chance, with Jason Demetriou breaking into the area and shooting powerfully towards the far corner, but David Lucas was equal to the effort and pushed it clear of goal.

That was the only sniff either side had of goal in an opening half hour that was largely dictated by the ever deteriorating surface, as both teams' efforts to pass the ball were curtailed by its unpredictability.

Possession ebbed and flowed after that without either 'keeper being seriously tested, until Alan Sheehan's cross found the unmarked Billy Paynter inside the box, but the striker's glancing heading fell just wide of the far post.

It was then Orient's turn to go close as the game began to open up, as Demetriou again found himself in space just inside the area, but pulled a shot wide under no pressure to the audible disappointment of the home fans.

Town began to move the ball around neatly in midfield, and began to look threatening where they hadn't earlier in the half, with both Alan Sheehan and Charlie Austin hitting shots narrowly over and wide of the home goal respectively.

Orient stepped up the pace of their game towards the end of the half, and looked the most likely to score as the whistle was blown by the referee, whose decisions were becoming increasingly unpopular with the home faithful.

The home side came out of the blocks sharper than their visitors in the second half, and despite a series of corners did not force Lucas into a save in the opening period of the half.

The atmosphere really began to come alive after the opening 15 minutes of the half, as both sets of fans began to sense a goal for their side.

However both 'keepers remained spectators for long periods of the half in which an end product was becoming increasingly illusive for both sides.

What had been an ultimately scrappy affair turned into a slugging match in the last ten minutes, with both sets of players looking to have had the energy sapped out of them by the stodgy surface.

A flashpoint occurred deep into stoppage time as Paynter went down in the box under the challenge of Ben Chorely, but the referee chose to award Orient the free-kick, implying a dive from the frontman.

However, he failed to book Paynter, much to the consternation and confusion of the Town management.

Despite this, 0-0 was a fair reflection of an even game that finished as it had started, with both sides huffing and puffing but struggling to create anything of note.

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