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We've Met Before | Leyton Orient (A)

13 February 2023

Club News

We've Met Before | Leyton Orient (A)

13 February 2023

Tuesday’s meeting with Leyton Orient will be the 42nd time the sides have met.

Orient hold the better record, beating Dale 23 times, drawing six and losing 12.

That being said, the last five meetings have been an even split with each side having two wins each, as well as a 2-2 draw in between.

The meeting earlier in the season resulted in a narrow 1-0 defeat for Dale.

We've taken a look back at a couple of Dale’s recent visits to Orient…


Saturday 27th September 2014 – Leyton Orient 2-3 Dale

In what was a spirited team performance, Dale ran out 3-2 winners against their opponents back in 2014.

Dale took the lead with the first opportunity of the game, after just four minutes. Matty Done travelled at pace up Dale’s right-hand side, before unleashing an excellent left-footed effort from the edge of the area, beating the O’s keeper.

Less than 10 minutes later, the home side drew level through Jobi McAnuff, who fired a powerful effort from the edge of the box into the top corner of the net.

Things got worse for Dale as Ashley Eastham was sent off and Orient were awarded a penalty. Former Dale forward Chris Dagnall stepped up to take the spot kick, but his effort was kept out by Conrad Logan.

However, Orient did take the lead a couple of minutes before half-time. A diagonal ball was headed across goal by Darius Henderson for Romain Vincelot, who headed the ball into the back of the net.

Despite going into the interval behind and with ten men, Dale weren’t going to accept the game as being over. Three minutes after the restart, Jack O’Connell tested Gary Woods, the O’s goalkeeper, with a powerful effort from distance. Woods was unable to keep a hold of the ball from the initial effort, parrying it as far as Peter Vincenti, who fired home from close range on the rebound.

Dale then took the lead midway through the second period. Stephen Dawson picked out Done with a diagonal pass, as Dale looked to hit Orient on the counter. Done then calmly fired beyond Woods on the angle, again from the edge of the area, to put Dale ahead.

A resolute defensive performance from there on in ensured all three points for Dale, in a performance and result that will be remembered for a long time to come.

Saturday 20th August 2005 – Leyton Orient 1-4 Dale

Grant Holt put Dale ahead after 24 minutes with a low-drilled shot from inside the area beating the diving Glyn Garner.

Rickie Lambert doubled Dale’s lead five minutes later with a free-kick from 30 yards, which nestled in the top left corner.

Lambert impressively added his second and Dale’s third later in the second-half, after carrying the ball from near the half-way line into the Orient box, before cutting onto his left foot and firing low and hard past Garner.

Dale’s number 17 would also be involved in the fourth and final goal. Alan Goodall found Lambert from Dale’s left-hand side, the forward shielded the ball, then cleverly pulled it back with his right foot and played in Goodall brilliantly. He shrugged off the challenging defender and slotted neatly with his right foot low and beyond the keeper.

A long Orient throw-in from the right-hand side was met by Efe Echanomi who found himself unmarked close to goal, he poked the ball into the top left corner, giving Dale keeper Matt Gilks no chance with just under 15 minutes to go.

Orient pulled one back through Efe Echanomi late on, but that goal proved to be just a consolation as Dale went on to win the game 4-1.

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