O’s stalemate

Burton Albion v Leyton Orient – Sky Bet League One – Pirelli Stadium – Report

Burton Albion 0-0 Leyton Orient

In the first-ever meeting between the two clubs, Leyton Orient extended their unbeaten Sky Bet League One run to five matches following a 0-0 draw with Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium. O’s point was overshadowed however by what appeared to be a serious knee injury to Jordan Graham sustained in the tenth minute.

Richie Wellens made three changes to the eleven that started the 2-2 draw at Northampton Town on Tuesday, with Tom James, Theo Archibald and Joe Pigott all coming in to replace suspended Ed Turns, injured Rob Hunt and Aaron Drinan, who dropped to the bench, where due to their injury situation O’s were only able to name six replacements – including Darren Pratley, who returned after several weeks’ absence.

The Brewers started brightly with Josh Walker twice testing goalkeeper Sol Brynn in the opening minutes before Joe Powell also went close with a curling effort that went inches wide of the upright.

With O’s beginning to establish a foothold on the game, Ethan Galbraith’s bouncing drive in the twenty-fifth minute flew just past the post, whilst Pigott’s goal-bound effort was deflected wide just after.

From the corner that followed, Walker exceptionally did well to block James’ twenty-yard screamer in front of New Zealand international keeper Max Crocombe, and as the first half wound down, Ruel Sotiriou’s shot rebounded to Brandon Cooper to turn the ball into Burton’s net – only to see the ‘goal’ disallowed for offside.

Just before the break, Sotiriou managed to get in behind the Brewers’ defence and through one-on-one with the keeper but a poor first touch allowed Crocombe the split second needed to smother the ball at his feet.

With the second half starting quietly, several half-chances came and went before Burton skipper Deji Oshilaja, was presented with a great chance to win the game in the closing stages – only to spurn the opportunity by blazing the ball over the bar from inside the area.

Orient themselves came close to stealing the points deep into stoppage time when Crocombe’s spectacular reflex save denied Galbraith from twenty yards out. The draw sees Richie Wellens’ men remain in twelfth place in the table having lost only once in their last nine league outings.

The O’s are back in action on Saturday, November 4, when they host Carlisle United in the Emirates FA Cup first round at Brisbane Road (3pm).

Burton Albion: Crocombe, Hamer, Moon, Sweeney, Caprice, Powell, Walker, Gilligan (Bennett 72′) Helm, Oshilaja, Lubala (Gordon 83′) Subs not used: Harper, Stockton, Carayol, Blackman, Tamen

Leyton Orient: Brynn, Brandon Cooper, Happe, James, Graham (Moncur 13′) (Forde 66’) Galbraith, Brown (Pratley 79′), El Mizouni, Archibald, Pigott (Drinan 79′), Sotiriou Subs not used: Sweeney, Howes

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Assistant Referees: Jack Clench and Daniel Flynn

Fourth Official: Ryan Williams

Attendance: 3,359