Can the boys deliver a second win in a row? Why yes they can and in some style! The lads boss the game from the first whistle to the last, and comfortably defeat a Orient team who are probably the worst I’ve seen at Plainmoor this season.
The first half starts with United on the front foot. The best chance falls to McQuoid who directs a header wide, no matter as he scores the 1st not long after. Keating beats the defence on the right and he guides a perfect low ball over for Josh. McQuoid cannot miss from 3 yards out and the lead is ours. Myself and Rich have forgotten how to celebrate, so it’s a very welcome relief!
The boys keep pushing and later in the half Luke has a speculative effort from 25-30 yards out. The keeper is slow to react and it hits the bottom left corner of the net. Wow this may just be our day!
Into the 2nd half and there is no sign of Orient tightening up in defence. Ruairi flicks on for Reid, who has time and acres of space to pick his spot. I rise victorious and enjoy the moment, it is three points for sure!
We really should win by 4 or 5. The O’s defence is so generous and we carve them open like a Christmas turkey. The boys just can’t fill their boots (with Ruairi missing the easiest chance one on one) to make it a real stuffing. It’s all over and it’s another positive step in the right direction. To a man we have battled hard and deserved the victory. Happy days!
Efete 8 Davey 8 McGinty 8
Barnum-Bobb 8 Young 9 Lathrope 8 Davis 8
Keating 8.5 Reid 8.5
Gnabouyou 6 Murphy 6
Man of the Match:
Spoilt for the choice! Luke has an immense game. He ran things from the midfield of the park, keeping the ball effortlessly and spreading glorious passes. Added to that his work rate and closing down plus a goal and Luke sneaks my man of the match award. The midfield is undoubtedly the most important position on a football field and LY really bossed proceedings along with Damon.
The front three in tandem all brought different things to the table and all had excellent games.
McQuoid was a different prospect after his goal. Suddenly he had an extra yard and was fighting harder. This was the boy we hoped we were getting on loan!
Reidy’s touches were inconsistent, but his work ethic and movement wasn’t. Always looking for the ball and helping his team mates, Jamie thoroughly deserved his goal.
Ruairi upfront chases hard and then chases hard again! He wins headers, creates two goals and works overtime for the team. Lovely to see the young lad enjoying his football again.
The rest of the XI all do their bit. Davey is classy at the back, like he has come in and asked “What is all the fuss about”. Tall and elegant on the ball, he enfuses McGinty and Michee with confidence and they both look better for it.
Meanwhile the always industrious Lathrope, quietly gets on about his business and is excellent in mid – whilst Davis and Jazzi are all pace and energy, if only they could cross!
The tactics from Owers remained 3-5-2/5-3-2. The promising McQuoid/Reid/Keating combo was rightly allowed another chance and was too much for a desperately poor Orient defence.
The players looked comfortable all over the park in their correct positions and the team purred at times. Liam and Jazzi bombed up the wings, they won’t get that much space very often and so often we had the extra man to stretch Orient to the limit.
Overall we simply had too much for a lowly Orient team, who should be looking over their shoulder with those sort of performances.
The Leyton Orient team are managerless and it shows. There is a lack of commitment and concentration, with the defence in total disarray. This is an outfit that needs guidance very quickly, otherwise a team who for so long were League One – could be fighting off relegation to the NL South. That would be sad for a club of their stature.
Going forward they have the odd moment. Most things are aimed at our old enemy Matt Harrold and his frustration increases as the afternoon goes on.
The travelling O’s supporters are quiet (apart from an ironic cheer for a corner) and you can sense their despondency. It’s a despondency we know very well after all! Going by Twitter they are expecting the worst at the moment and rightly so.
The ref is very good at the start, calming down situations and telling players to get on with it. He makes some errors here or there as the clock ticks on – Keating asks for a pen for shirt pulling, the standard answer is no of course. When did we last get one?! The late sending off actually seems a bit harsh. It’s a hacking down from behind, but looks a booking to me. The game is in its final stages by then, so it doesn’t make any difference.
Two games, two clean sheets for the new boy. Alex is a big strong lad, but has a lovely first touch and does not panic on the ball. It’s a nice combination to have and he fills the Gowling roll with ease – winning headers and distributing the ball with minimum fuss. An excellent home debut for the defender.
Have we turned the corner? Well definitely maybe (love that album). Owers has finally got a blend that looks right, combos are working and we are finally sticking the ball in the net.
There are warnings ahead though, with better teams to face soon than a weak Orient XI. We won’t be allowed the same time and space against the likes of Aldershot and Tranmere. Can the boys still perform when the pressure is on? We’ll soon find out. In the meantime it was a victory to enjoy – and I haven’t reported that very often have I!
PS – Oh and what about the new GG? He has some smart touches and may be an asset, the jury is out on that one.
@ Plainmoor 2nd Dec – National League