Leyton Orient v Hull City, 09 September 2000

Score2-2
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueMatchroom Stadium
Attendance5,177
Hull arrived in East London at the bottom of the Football League but League positions counted for nothing as City stunned unbeaten Leyton Orient. The Tigers' hero was mercurial midfielder, Theo Whitmore. back from World Cup duty in his native Jamaica, he revelled in the late summer sunshine and twice put the visitors ahead as they made a nonsense of their lowly berth. First, Gary Brabin's chip from centre field totally eluded the home rearguard and the rangy Montego Bay star - adorned in his gold boots - ran free in the area to roll the ball home from a yard out. Despite relinguishing a lead for the third time in five League games, Hull showed tremendous character to go back in front. Ashley Bayes saved David Brown's left-footed piledriver at full length. Whitmore reacted first - as the ball spun high into the air, he was on hand to head into another empty neat. Leyton had pulled level by turning desperate defence into incisive attack. After Whitmore had spurned another clear cut chance, Ahmet Brkovic played a calculated ball through for Carl Griffiths to net his third of the season. Orient had won the first half corner count by ten to one, yet they had to dig deep to find a late second equaliser. Iyseden Christie has often been a thorn in the Tigers side in the past. On this occasion a truly spectacular 25 yard scorcher brought the Os crowd to their feet and Hull boss Brian Little to his knees.

Goals:

Carl Griffiths 51 G
Iyseden Christie 86 G

Goals:

Theo Whitmore 14 G
Theo Whitmore 56 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ashley Bayes
Defender/Right back Matt Joseph
Defender/Centre back Dean Smith
Defender/Midfielder Andy Harris
Defender/Midfielder David McGhee
Defender/Left back Matt Lockwood
Midfielder Ahmet Brkovic
Midfielder Richard Garcia
Midfielder Wim Walschaerts
Forward Jason Brissett
Forward Carl Griffiths

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Lee Bracey
Defender Mike Edwards
Defender Ian Goodison
Defender/Centre back Justin Whittle
Defender/Midfielder Mark Greaves
Defender/Midfielder Steve Harper
Midfielder Gary Brabin
Midfielder Lee Philpott
Midfielder Theo Whitmore
Forward David Brown
Forward Clint Marcelle

Substitutions:

Iyseden Christie for Ahmet Brkovic 62
Steve Watts for Jason Brissett 67
Johnny Martin for Matt Joseph 84

Substitutions:

David Brightwell for David Brown 88

Cards:

Richard Garcia 71 Y

Cards:

Mike Edwards 53 Y

On the bench:

Midfielder Johnny Martin
Forward Steve Watts

On the bench:

Defender/Centre back David Brightwell

Comments:

This was the 40th time that Orient had played League hosts to Hull. The Os have won fourteen to City's nine. The only previous Os-Tigers 2-2 draw in London dates back to April 1920 at Millfields Road in Clapton - thought to be previously a venue for whippet racing. Jason Brissett was making his first start for the club following his summer signing from Walsall. League Position: 2nd

Comments:

Hull continued their recent good form against Leyton Orient. They have now lost only two of the past eleven meetings. Although still without a League win, City had now drawn four of their six 2000/01 games. League position: 23rd