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Monday, January 9, 2006
Cup hero Easton thinks big

Leyton Orient hero Craig Easton has targeted a dream FA Cup fourth-round tie against Liverpool in today's draw.

Easton was magnificent as Orient sent Fulham crashing to an embarrassing 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage and capped his display with the opening goal.

The Scottish midfielder stunned the home fans with a deflected 17th-minute strike following a botched clearance from Fulham debutant Simon Elliott.

Joe Keith doubled the lead two minutes before the interval with a shot that cannoned off goalkeeper Tony Warner and slipped into the back of the net.

Collins John pulled one back shortly after the break but he summed up an otherwise poor display by pushing a 70th-minute penalty into the path of keeper Glyn Garner.

There were further chances at both ends but Orient held out for a famous victory and now Easton is hoping to meet Liverpool in the fourth round.

'I hope we get Liverpool next. They're the team I supported as a boy because of the likes of Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness. It would be good to get a big team again,' he said.

Orient chairman Barry Hearn celebrated with the players in the changing room after the match and Easton is hoping a promising cup run will be complimented by promotion from League Two.

The Os sit fourth in the league and Easton said: 'The chairman is a fan as well - he was in the dressing room afterwards and was delighted. That makes a difference.

'The whole club is desperate to get promoted. If we play as well as we can we're good enough to play in a higher division.'

Fulham boss Chris Coleman, who is close to completing the signing of keeper Antti Niemi from Southampton, was livid with his side's performance and blamed the defeat on 'arrogance'.

'The defeat was down to a sense of arrogance. There was also a lack of effort and enthusiasm. God knows where the arrogance came from because we can't afford to approach any game like that,' he said.

'The penalty summed us up really. We did our homework on Orient and didn't change anything in terms of preparation because we knew what a tough game it would be.

'I'm gutted, absolutely gutted. I didn't show Orient any disrespect because they're a good team who have a good manager and play good football. I showed them respect but the players didn't.'




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