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Craven Cottage, England

Attendance: 13394

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  • Collins John 50'

1 - 2


Leyton Orient

  • Craig Easton 17'
  • Joe Keith 44'

Fulham 1-2 Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient produced a huge upset in the FA Cup third round so far with goals from Craig Easton and Joe Keith inflicting a humiliating 2-1 defeat on Fulham.

The League Two outfit made Fulham pay for a dismal display with their greater commitment and creativity clinching a deserved place in the draw for the next round.

Easton opened the scoring and was magnificent in midfield, which Orient bossed for long periods, and Keith added the second two minutes before the interval.

Both goals were well taken but arrived after defensive errors from Fulham debutant Simon Elliott, the New Zealand international who completed his move from Columbus Crew on Friday.

Collins John pounced in the second half for Fulham but it was no vintage display from the Dutch striker with a missed second-half penalty capping a miserable afternoon.

Cottagers boss Chris Coleman had earmarked the match as being ripe for an upset and so it proved, but even allowing for his crippling injury list, he will be furious with the performance.

Orient, meanwhile, were left celebrating their biggest victory since beating Portsmouth in the FA Cup four years ago, which was also the last time they reached the fourth round.

They made a bright start but it was Fulham who created the first real chance with Gabriel Zakuani making a mess of Tomasz Radzinski's cross, only for John's first touch to let him down.

The visitors were seeing plenty of the ball but were being dispossessed at key moments and they looked vulnerable on the counter.

And it proved in the 10th minute when Luis Boa Morte played in Radzinski with a beautifully timed pass with the Canadian forward slipping the ball past Glyn Garner before the flag was raised for offside.

  • Orient plan celebrations
  • Orient succeeded where Fulham had failed by taking a 17th-minute lead with Elliott failing to clear Keith's cross, allowing midfielder Easton to find the top right corner with a deflected shot.

    Fulham almost equalised in the 26th minute when Sylvain Legwinski's cross from the right curled inwards and rebounded off the crossbar with Garner beaten.

    Fulham were unable to get any momentum going with Orient breaking up attacks to good effect and the League Two outfit looked very capable of adding to their lead.

    The home side's cause was not helped by John who was having a nightmare in attack, either giving the ball away with loose passes or being tackled out of possession.

    And Orient were being spurred on by their fans, with most of the noise coming from the sold-out away end while there were rafts of empty seats elsewhere in the ground.

    John was flagged offside when he had a one-on-one with Garner but Orient still posed the greatest threat in attack with Fulham's defending lacking urgency.

    It came as little surprise then when the visitors doubled their lead in the 44th minute with a lapse in concentration from Elliott once again proving costly.

    Looking to clear, Boa Morte passed back to Elliott only for the Kiwi to give the ball away to Gary Alexander whose intelligent pass found Jose Keith and the midfielder made no mistake with his shot.

    Whatever Coleman said to his players at half-time worked to an extent because it took Fulham just four minutes into the second half to slash the deficit.

    Rosenior was given space in midfield and he took advantage by finding John whose crafty run took him past Zakuani and the Dutch international easily beat Garner with his shot.

    Orient were still creating chances with Shane Tudor, who had overcome a groin injury to take his place in an unchanged line-up, and Easton going close.

    The disappointing Ahmad Elrich had been hauled off by Coleman, with Michael Timlin coming on.

    Fulham's bright opening to the second half began to fade.

    After piling on the pressure they were now under the cosh themselves with Orient easily slipping through their opponents' back four.

    Orient were caught on the counter in the 69th minute, however, with Boa Morte going down following a shove from Zakuani and referee Peter Walton pointed to the spot.

    John, who had provided the initial through-ball to Boa Morte, stepped up to take the penalty but his effort was well saved by Garner to the delight of visiting fans.

    Stout defending kept Fulham at bay as they upped the tempo in the last 10 minutes while Garner's fine save kept out a dipping shot from Legwinski.

    Boa Morte went down from a double challenge in injury time but Walton ignored cries for a penalty and Orient held out for a memorable victory.

  • Orient plan their celebration party
  • Leyton Orient boss Martin Ling revealed his side will be using a delayed

    Christmas party to mark their stunning 2-1 FA Cup triumph over Fulham.

    'We're having our Christmas do tonight, we told the players we'd have it

    after this match,' Ling said. 'The chairman is picking up the tab. They deserve it and we'll let them enjoy themselves.

    'They'll have lots of girls chasing after them now! They'll have a few drinks

    and rightly so. They're going for a meal but will be eating pasta. I'm meeting

    my wife and children in a local pub.

    'This is a great day, probably the best in my nine and a half years at

    Orient. We edged them on the pitch and in the supporters department. The first

    half was top notch,' Ling added.

    'We needed a bit of luck to pull off the upset and we got that with the

    deflections and the penalty. We passed the ball against a Premiership side.

    'No one can put the win down as a smash and grab. I thought if they'd scored

    the penalty they'd be odds-on to win it but when they missed it I thought we'd

    get home.'

    Orient hero Easton described the victory as the highlight of his career.

    The former Dundee United midfielder, who joined Orient over the summer,

    produced a magnificent display to spearhead the club's charge into the fourth


    'That was the most enjoyable game of my career and I always did well with

    Dundee United, getting wins over the Old Firm a few times, mainly Rangers,' he


    'It was a good day today. The way the game started I thought we did well and

    had a chance. We passed the ball and played to our maximum.

    'We defended well when we needed to and helped each other out. We were the

    underdogs so we had to give it a go - that's what the manager said. He told us

    to enjoy ourselves.

    'I know Fulham had injuries but they should have had the strength in depth to

    deal with us. We just went out there and tried to do ourselves justice.'

    Furious Fulham boss Chris Coleman blamed the defeat on 'arrogance' and

    admitted he was 'absolutely gutted'.

    '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.

    'We did our homework on Orient and didn't changing 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.'

    Scoring Summary

    • Fulham
    • Leyton Orient
    Collins John (50')
    (17') Craig Easton
    (44') Joe Keith

    Match Stats

    • Fulham
    • Leyton Orient
    3(1) Shots (on goal) 4(3)
    8 Fouls 12
    4 Corner kicks 8
    4 Offsides 2
    57% Time of Possession 43%
    2 Yellow Cards 1
    0 Red Cards 0
    6 Saves 2


    • Fulham
    • Leyton Orient
    Yellow Cards
    Shane Tudor (24')