Battling O’s make their point

Blackpool v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League One – Bloomfield Road – Report

Blackpool 0-0 Leyton Orient 

Leyton Orient gained their first point of the season at Bloomfield Road as Blackpool continued their unbeaten run in all competitions with their third 0-0 draw in succession.

Richie Wellens made one change to the O’s staring eleven that were beaten 3-2 at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday, with Ethan Galbraith replacing the suspended Dan Happe. Rob Hunt was omitted from the squad as a precaution after picking up a knock to the head in training on Friday.

Shayne Lavery’s spectacular twenty-five-yard piledriving effort went close to giving the Tangerines the lead in the fourth minute, only for O’s keeper Sam Howes to pull off a sensational save and palm the ball to safety, before at the other end, Dan Grimshaw superbly kept out Ruel Sotiriou’s header before Joe Pigott fired the resulting rebound high over the crossbar.

Theo Archibald went close just after the half-hour mark when his shot from just outside the area was well saved once more by Grimshaw.  

The O’s looked to what appeared to be a very good shout for a penalty turned down five minutes before the break when Pigott was brought to ground, only for referee Marc Edwards to wave play on – to the great dismay of the visitors.

Blackpool went close again when after Howes kept out Albie Morgan’s effort, Lavery picked up the loose ball – only to see his shot rebound back off the post to safety. 

O’s continued to press forward searching for a late winner but there was no way through a Blackpool defence still yet to concede a goal across five games in all competitions.

In the eighth minute of stoppage time, Lavery almost won the game for the hosts with a speculative strike from a tight angle – only for his attempt to drift just inches wide of the upright.

Leyton Orient are back in action next Saturday when they are due to entertain Cambridge United at Brisbane Road (3.00pm).

Blackpool: Grimshaw, Casey, Ekpiteta, Husband, CJ Hamilton, Weir (Virtue 64′), Norburn, Morgan (Carey 76′), Lyons, Beesley, Lavery Subs not used: O’Donnell, Connolly, Pennington, Dale, Dougall

Leyton Orient: Howes, James (Forde 77′), Beckles, Turns, Galbraith, Brown, El Mizouni, Archibald, Moncur (Pegrum 81′), Sotiriou, Pigott (Graham 64′) Subs not used: Sodje, Byrne, Obiero

Referee: Marc Edwards

Assistant Referees: Lee Freeman and Steve Durnall

Fourth Official: Steve Rushton

Attendance: 10,146 (638 from Leyton Orient)