Blackpool v Leyton Orient, 26 August 2000

Score2-2
RefereeDavid Laws
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueBloomfield Road
Attendance4,816
While Blackpool remained unbeaten, battling Leyton lost their 100% 2000/01 record despite twice taking the lead. The Os were still delighted with a points haul of seven from their first three games though - especially compared to their wretched start last term when they suffered three straight defeats. Aussie Richard Garcia stole the show with his first senior goals. On loan from East London neighbours West Ham United, the 18 year-old from Perth gave the visitors an early lead after Carl Griffiths nodded John Martin's cross back across the six yard box. The Tangerines were soon back on level terms when veteran midfielder Paul Simpson netted for the second home game in a row. His 20 yard free-kick was deflected past Ashley Bayes. Even without the suspended David McGhee, Orient looked the more progressive side and deservedly restored their advantage before the interval. They forced a series of corners, then Garcia found the net again - his acrobatic overhead kick from 18 yards out somehow found its way past a ruck of defenders and a startled Tony Caig. Steve McMahon's men were forced to battle all the way for the third Saturday in a row, and were rewarded when Brett Ormerod swung over an inch perfect cross for Phil Clarkson to head home his first goal since March.

Goals:

Paul Simpson 18 G
Phil Clarkson 83 G

Goals:

Richard Garcia 11 G
Richard Garcia 39 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Tony Caig
Defender/Right back Neil Murphy
Defender Tommy Jaszczun
Defender/Centre back Eifion Jones
Midfielder Steve Bushell
Midfielder Phil Clarkson
Midfielder Danny Coid
Midfielder Ian Hughes
Midfielder Paul Simpson
Forward John Murphy
Forward Brett Ormerod

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ashley Bayes
Defender/Right back Matt Joseph
Defender/Centre back Simon Downer
Defender/Centre back Dean Smith
Defender/Midfielder Andy Harris
Defender/Left back Matt Lockwood
Midfielder Ahmet Brkovic
Midfielder Richard Garcia
Midfielder Johnny Martin
Midfielder Wim Walschaerts
Forward Carl Griffiths

Substitutions:

Adam Nowland for Eifion Jones 64
Mike Milligan for Paul Simpson 77

Substitutions:

Iyseden Christie for Carl Griffiths 71
Brendan McElholm for Simon Downer 77
Steve Watts for Ahmet Brkovic 89

Cards:

Steve Bushell 84 Y

Cards:

Simon Downer 16 Y
Richard Garcia 79 Y
Johnny Martin 81 Y

On the bench:

Midfielder Mike Milligan
Midfielder/Forward Adam Nowland

On the bench:

Defender Brendan McElholm
Forward Steve Watts

Comments:

This was the first time Blackpool had drawn a game with the Brisbane Road outfit since 31 December 1977. League Position: 7th

Comments:

The Os have still not won at Bloomfield Road since 16 February 1929. League Position: 3rd.