Richie Wellens’ verdict on Jordan Brown’s late header that helped O’s bag point in Bristol…

Leyton Orient secured a valuable point against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, courtesy of an injury-time own goal in a match filled with twists and turns.

Head coach Richie Wellens implemented two changes to the starting lineup, introducing Aaron Drinan and Rob Hunt for Joe Pigott and Brandon Cooper. The visitors demonstrated early attacking intent, with Shaq Forde and Tom James creating early goal-scoring opportunities. Despite the chilly conditions, the Orient side appeared lively, and Theo Archibald’s deflected shot kept Bristol Rovers’ goalkeeper, Matthew Cox, on his toes.

Bristol Rovers, however, posed threats on the counter, with Dan Happe crucially denying Chris Martin an opportunity to convert Harvey Vale’s cross. Martin and Vale had chances, but the former headed wide under pressure, while the latter’s cross narrowly missed the target.

As the game progressed, Cox thwarted Forde’s attempt from Drinan’s pass, leading to Orient’s forced substitution of James with Jayden Sweeney. In a dramatic turn, Rovers seized the lead in the third minute of stoppage time through Grant Ward’s strike from the edge of the box, leaving Orient trailing.

The second half witnessed further drama, with Idris El Mizouni deflecting James Wilson’s powerful volley over the crossbar. Ruel Sotiriou’s efforts for Orient were met with strong defensive resistance, but the visitors persisted in their pursuit. Jordan Brown’s header, deflecting off Tristan Crama, leveled the scores in the dying moments of the game, ensuring Leyton Orient didn’t leave empty-handed.

Sol Brynn’s last-minute save, coupled with assistance from the crossbar, thwarted Bristol Rovers’ attempts to secure a late victory. Leyton Orient now shifts focus to the FA Cup, preparing for a second-round tie against Chesterfield on Sunday.

The match, witnessed by an attendance of 7,048, unfolded as a testament to the unpredictable nature of football, providing Leyton Orient with a hard-fought point on the road.

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