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Leyton Orient 0-1 Notts County

Joe Jones

No Bajner, no party, goes the saying. Well, tonight Balint Bajner was present against Leyton Orient, and his goal secured all three points for a Notts County side that looked to be going off the rails – which set off a party among the Magpie faithful and the hundred or so Bajnerites that travelled from Hungary especially to see their cult hero in action for his new team.

Early on in the game at Brisbane Road, Liam Noble slotted a pass through to Garry Thompson, who powered towards goal but blasted his effort just wide of the far post.

The visitors then threatened when a goalmouth scramble at the Notts end was eventually cleared away by Mike Edwards.

In the 20th minute, the Magpies broke the deadlock, and what a moment it was.

Bajner played a one-two with Garry Thompson before the Hungarian swivelled and slotted a low shot past Orient goalkeeper Alex Cisak.

The world’s best player then ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate with a group of fans that had travelled especially from Hungary.


Orient set about trying to level proceedings, and there were several problematic moments for Notts as the game edged towards half time, but Shaun Derry’s charges were able to hold out to go in a goal ahead at the break.

The hosts continued to exert pressure on the Magpies as the match went on, but serious chances were at a premium until the latter stages of the game when substitute Dean Cox forced Carroll into a smart save down low.

The 27-year-old then lofted a ball towards the back post, where Ryan Hedges, who was in a great position, fired wide.

Notts were however able to see the game out and secure all three points to climb to 14th in the table.

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I'll happily take that as I felt we would lose this, mainly due to the expectations. Everyone seemed to have forgotten they're a decent side, who's fortunes have mainly changed because of the 'behind the scenes' matters.

I do believe Slade would have had them higher, but hey ho.


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