Down to the wire
e now had an international break in games and that gave us the chance to prepare for the first game of April. That was a home game against an Everton FC
team that had struggled all season and now found themself in a disappointing 11th place. After picking up seven points in the last four games, both Leyton Orient
fans and players suddenly saw a chance to pick up a few more much needed points.
We came away from the Everton
game with a draw when a thunder strike by Romain Vincelot
saved us in the 83rd minute. But after the match it felt like we had missed out on an opportunity to get all 3 points. We had not been dominant but we had controlled the game and it was a long time since we had managed to do that.
We were now two points clear of the line and had Wigan
between us and the last relegation spot.
And then something strange happened.
For some unknown reason we suddenly started to play football again.
The team that had hardly been able to string together more than two passes without turning the ball over to the other team or losing it over the sideline suddenly found something that could be called a passing game.
The team that could not hit the goal if they were standing on the goal-line suddenly started to score goals.
The team that had not wasted an opportunity to allow the opponents to take advantage of us on every kind of set piece could even defend a corner again.
In the two games against Sunderland
and West Ham
we actually looked like a half decent Premier League
we scored three goals in a single game for the first time all season and we got away with a huge road win.
A week later at home against West Ham
we played another solid game. He held West Ham
to just two shots on goal all game. We got the first goal in the last minute of the first half when the games big player George Baldock
scored on a repost from his own shot.
The second half was less than one minute old when we added a second when Baldock, this time as the creator, made it easy for Andrea Russotto
to score his sixth goal since he arrived in january.
It was just the 3rd time all season we won back to back league games.
We lost the last ever home game at Brisbane Road
the week after but with the other results that weekend all going our way both fans and players could celebrate that we had secured another season in the Barclays Premier League
The players celebrated while i tried to figure out who had put “ARE YOU READY?
” stickers on all the champagne bottles.
Luckily for us the last two games of the season against Manchester City
were now of no consequence as we had now already picked up the points we needed to stay in top division.
We lost both games narrowly but still came away from the games on a positive note as we managed to play some nice football without being humiliated against two teams heading for the Champions League
In the other end of the league Chelsea
took home their 7th league title overall and 3rd in a row with the Eden Hazard
being the mastermind behind it all with a 7.75 Avr for the season. Manchester City
would miss Champions League
play next season with England only have three spots in the tournament next season and Liverpool would miss out on playing in Europe altogether.
In the other big leagues around Europe it was Real Madrid
and Bayern Münich
taking home the league titles.
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