Search

Dayton hails Orient support and refutes deliberate boot throw claims

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:21 15 April 2019

Leyton Orient winger James Dayton reacts after a missed chance against Havant & Waterlooville (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient winger James Dayton reacts after a missed chance against Havant & Waterlooville (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

The winger was sent off during Saturday's 2-1 win at Sutton United after the referee adjudged James Dayton had chucked a boot in his direction

James Dayton has called on the Leyton Orient fans to continue their great support for the club’s final three matches in this season’s National League.

The 30-year-old also insisted he did not intend to throw his boot in the direction of referee Daniel Middleton which saw him sent off during Saturday’s 2-1 win away to Sutton United.

Dayton had just been told by O’s physio Ketan Patel he had dislocated his ankle and chucked his boot away in frustration with 71 minutes played at Gander Green Lane.

Referee Middleton initially appeared to pull out a yellow card, but then produced a red card for the Orient number 11 while he was being stretched off the pitch.

Dayton said: “Firstly I love these lads and I’m buzzing for them to go on and get three points. I would never do anything to put that in jeopardy.

“I have come back from a long-term injury, felt I was playing well and was in a lot of pain and I had just been told I had dislocated my ankle and subsequently threw my boot in frustration.

“In no way was it intended to be aimed at the referee – it wouldn’t have bounced three-to-four times if it was!

“Thank you for all your well wishes and support on Saturday. Please carry this on for the next three games. Come on you O’s!”

After Dayton had been dismissed, O’s still managed to find a winner when Macauley Bonne was fouled by U’s goalkeeper Ross Worner in the 89th minute.

Orient’s top goalscorer then displayed nerves of steel to drill into the corner and earn Justin Edinburgh’s team a crucial three points to keep them top.

Unfortunately the east Londoners will now have to continue their quest for the title without Dayton, who is set to miss the rest of the campaign and the trip to Wembley Stadium for the FA Trophy final on May 19.

Given the former Cheltenham Town wide-man is out of contract at the end of the season, his last noteworthy action for O’s could be his red card at Sutton.

However, regardless of what happens in the summer, Dayton should be remembered for his rare, but brilliant goals this season away to Chesterfield and at home to Barnet.

Assists occurred far more regularly than his goals and his back heel to Sam Ling in the build-up to James Brophy’s winner against Eastleigh on April 9 will also live long in the memory.

During the first half of the campaign Dayton was a crucial cog in the wheel of a team which stormed to the summit with a stunning 13-game unbeaten run.

Since then, Edinburgh’s team have largely been leaders and a big part of that is down to Dayton, who will now hope his team-mates can finish off the job.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

12:28

Ilford seal a home victory while Sporting Bengal United fall short against one of the title favourites Walthamstow in the Essex Senior League.

Yesterday, 19:51

The Hammers cling on under severe late pressure to save Pellegrini's job for now

Yesterday, 17:00

Orient battled to another point after a stalemate with the Bantams at Brisbane Road on Saturday.

Fri, 16:00

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi is looking to cause an upset in Walthamstow's title race this weekend.

Fri, 12:30

West Ham Women's manager Matt Beard is facing a selection headache for his side's trip to Bristol City in the Super League, writes Jacob Ranson.

Fri, 09:00

A healthy competition is building among the Leyton Orient squad ahead of their League Two clash with Bradford City this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

Thu, 14:00

East London's women produced a clean sweep of seven wins in their latest set of fixtures at the weekend.

Thu, 12:00

West Ham Women manager Matt Beard was pleased to hand a number of players vital minutes as they cruised to a 7-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the Continental Cup.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Riverside flats to let are coming on the market in East London - at highly competitive rents. Too good to be true? A not-for-profit landlord explains how it works…

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists