Thursday, January 26, 2006

Orient player profiles

Keeper Glyn Garner was signed from Bury where he had been for five years in 2005, having started his career at Llanelli. Tall and commanding, he has a powerful kick and agile reflexes. Having seen him play, he is a good keeper and probably above League 2 level.

Charm merchant Donny Barnard is an Orient product who can play at right or centre back but is speedy down the flanks. He is not afraid to put the boot in.

Left sided defender Matthew Lockwood who goes forward often in attack is the club's longest serving player.

Springbok defender Justin Miller is a former star of Ipswich's reserve side where he was at captain. At Charlton we take Ipswich's first team stars, at Orient they take the reserve stars.

Central defender John Mackie is strong in the air. Formerly at Reading, he started his career at Crawley Town.

Midfielder/defender Joe Keith can operate anywhere on the left wing. Originally a West Hame product, he was lured away from Colchester by the bright lights of East London.

Midfielder Craig Easton has Scottish Premiership experience with Dundee United and Livingston, but the gold paved pavements of London lured the canny Scot. Covers a lot of distance to contribute in defence and attack.

Midfielder Daryl McMahon is a set piece specialist and thus a special danger to Charlton. He also likes to hump in balls from distance on the chance that something might happen, making him a typical League 2 player.

Vertically challenged midfielder Michael Simpson is described as a terrier-like figure who compensates for his lack of height with determination. A good passer of the ball, he is always one of the first names on the team sheet.

Shane Tudor is at his best on the right wing, but can play in a wide variety of positions as needs require, including striker.

Striker Gary Alexander has scored 100 goals in six years as a professional and is a particular menace in the air. Usually the O's captain.

Striker Lee Steel has been rebuilding his career at Brisbane Road, having failed to make an impact at Oxford. With a tendency to be horizontally challenged, he is probably better at providing assists than scoring himself.

Striker Jabo Ibehre is said to have a flamboyant style that confuses defences, although what impact it will have on the Herminator remains to be seen.

In their best ever cup run in 1977/78, Orient knocked out Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea and Boro before succumbing to Arsenal in the semi-finals.


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