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Leyton Orient 2 Coventry 0 – League One

29 Jan

Goals  from Dean Cox and David Mooney gave Orient victory in the fourth meeting between the two highest scorers in League One this season.

Coventry came to Brisbane Road for the third time this season, after defeats in the Capital One Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, but had the consolation of being the first team to beat Orient in the League at The Sixfields Stadium, ending The O’s 12 league game unbeaten run from the start of the season.

The Sky Blues were without top scorer Leon Clarke, who picked up a foot injury in the Friday night FA Cup 4-0 loss to Arsenal. Leyton Orient’s top scorer David Mooney made his comeback on the bench, after missing seven games through suspension and injury.

Honours were even in the first half, but Orient got stronger in the second half, and following a chance by Frank Moussa for the visitors, the O’s awarded a penalty after Chris Dagnall was tripped in the box. Kevin Lisbie missed from the spot again, (following his miss v Crewe earlier in the season) but a minute later Dean Cox fired home after Vincelot flicked on a long throw.

Mooney, who also missed a penalty in the defeat at Sixfields back in October, came off the bench in the 77th minute and added a second goal nine minutes from time, securing the points with a shot from outside the box that dribbled through the keepers hands.

After the game Lloyd James said “In the first half we played some great stuff, and got what we deserved in the second. We had a little break and they played Friday night, we were fresh and came out of the blocks.  Coxy popped up with a bit of magic, and Moons came off the bench to finish it”

Russell Slade told BBC London “We’re serving up some great football home and away” Coventry boss Stephen Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire “Credit to Leyton Orient. They’re a really hard-working side and I hope for Russell Slade they are one of the sides that go up. They are an example to everybody about how to build a football club.”

Wins for Brentford (3-1 v Bristol City) and Wolves (3-0 at Oldham) meant the O’s stayed in second spot on 60 points, two behind Brentford and two clear of Wolves, with a game in hand on both.  Saturdays opponents Rotherham won 2-1 at Tranmere with two goals from former O’s striker Alex Revell, to move into fifth spot behind Preston, who drew 0-0 at Bradford. 

The O’s have now won four successive league games, since an FA Cup defeat at Yeovil, and a league draw at Wolves, and travel to Rotherham on saturday with the best away record in the football league, with an amazing 10 wins from 14 games. Rotherham are unbeaten in four, their last defeat coming on New Years Day to Coventry.

Leyton Orient part company with Geraint Williams

3 Apr

Just heard via @OrientMeatPie on Twitter, confirmed on the orient website. It’s hard to say if this is a good decision or not, the assistant manager Kevin Nugent will take over for the game on monday at Southampton, maybe someone else will come in after monday, but they will have six games to turn it round and keep us in League One.
It’s unusual for Hearn act this quickly, many would say he kept Taylor, Brush and Ling on far too long when results were going against them.
That said, losing home games by todays score is UNNACCEPTABLE, and i understand the performance was awful. ‘Abysmal’ in Hearns words which you can read below..

FROM leytonorient.com –
LEYTON ORIENT have parted company with manager Geraint Williams following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Hartlepool United.

The result leaves Orient one point above the League One relegation zone with only one win in their last 11 games.

O’s chairman Barry Hearn said: “The peformance against Hartlepool was abysmal and ultimately the responsibility for that lies with the manager.

“We’re on a dreadful run of form and this decision has been taken in order to give us the best chance of staying in League One.

“Geraint is as honest and professional a manager as you will find in football and it’s unfortunate things have not worked out, but I thank him for his efforts and I wish him every success in the future.”

Kevin Nugent will take charge of the O’s for Monday’s game at Southampton.

Leyton Orient v Colchester – Match Preview

10 Apr

Betting – Orient 5-4 Draw 11-5 Colchester 7-4

Orient come into this home game against Geraint Williams old team in good form with five wins in the last seven, the last six as follows:

Carlisle (a) 3-1
Stockport (a) 1-0
Walsall (h) 0-1
Oldham (h) 2-1
Cheltenham (a) 1-0
Leeds (h) 2-2

Colchester are languishing in mid-table, safe from the relegation battle, but 10 points behind the play-offs after recent defeats to Crewe, Scunthorpe and Leeds. Their last six games…

Swindon (h) 3-2
Crewe (h) 0-1
Leicester (a) 1-1
Scunthorpe (a) 0-3
Millwall (a) 1-0
Leeds (h) 0-1

Scott McGleish is expected to return for the O’s after coming on as sub in the midweek comeback against Leeds United.
Adam Boyd is not expected to be back in the squad and Jason Demetriou is suspended after his red card against Leeds.
For Colchester £400,000 signing Steven Gillespie is injured, but winger Mark Yates is another danger man to watch from set pieces and is currently the U’s top scorer.

Stockport 0 Leyton Orient 1 – Match report

15 Mar

 The O’s are starting to make a late season surge up the table after making it three wins a row after this latest 1-0 success at play-off hopefuls Stockport County.

Loan man, Simon Church, hit the second half winner as the O’s continued their climb to League One safety win their second away win of the week, following up their stunning 3-1 Carlisle midweek triumph.

Charlie Daniels – who grabbed the first goal at Brunton Park – nearly continued his good form and was unlucky to see a Michael Raynes clearance cannon of his shin and sail wide after 12 minutes.

Stockport enjoyed the majority of first-half possession on a pitch almost devoid of grass – but Orient’s defence held firm with the only scare coming from Chris O’Grady’s 32nd minute pot shot that flew wide of Jamie Jones’ goal.

Orient showed their intent on the stroke of half-time when Jordan Spence was a whisker away from connecting with Church’s header that rolled along the goal line from Sean Thornton’s free-kick.

Straight after the restart Church was denied by a super Owen Fon Williams save, but made amends on 53 minutes when having met Jones’ long kick-out, he initially brought a good save from Williams, but converted the loose ball from close range.

Orient – with Thornton and the rejuvenated Paul Terry running the show – should have had the game won well before the end and after a combination of missed chances and good goalkeeping from Williams, Jason Demetriou was unlucky to see what appeared to be a perfectly good goal disallowed on 88 minutes. But the referee, Mr Moss, angered the Orient players and travelling supporters by pulling the play back from an earlier infringement and, predictably, Demetriou’s free-kick sailed wide.

The east Londoners – having clocked up nearly a 1000 miles this week – had to withstand a late Stockport rally and McNeil came closest to giving the Hatters an undeserved point, but headed wide in stoppage time.

Captain, Stephen Purches, said: ‘We’re still in trouble, but all we can do is to keep winning. The lads deserve credit after a long week on the road’.

‘Everyone put in a good shift today and we are creating chances and scoring from them. Our front two were superb today – I certainly wouldn’t like to play against them!’

Purches revealed: ‘There have been some dark days – certainly – this term, but I do believe that things even themselves out over the course of a season. So we’ve now got to see where our current form takes us’.

‘Geraint Williams is certainly putting his stamp on the team and is getting us to play the way he wants. We used different tactics today – especially on this pitch – but it worked’.

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