Dunne – U’s are not nearly safe yet
COLCHESTER ....2 LEYTON O ..........1
sell Slade was left to rue his side’s slow start to the game.
Slade said:“We dominated in the second period but when you’ve conceded two goals in the first period, you’re always chasing the game and it’s not easy.
“The first 30 minutes of the game proved critical for us. If we’d stayed in the match and then performed as we did in the second half, then I think we would have won the game. “We did not have enough tempo in the opening half hour and we were short.
“That needed to change and to be fair it did and we showed the kind of intensity after that that I was looking for.”
Massey headed in substitute Bradley Garmston’s accurate cross to put Colchester ahead after 20 minutes and Wright quickly added a second, after Clinton Morrison had helped on Brian Wilson’s low cross.
But Lisbie broke the offside trap to pull a goal back for the O’s, eight minutes before the break.
Jabo Ibehre spurned a great chance just before the hour when he fired wide and Orient looked like they might rescue a point with 12 minutes left when Shaun Batt was tripped by Garmston in the area. But keeper Walker brilliantly saved Lisbie’s penalty, to help Colchester seal an important win.
OPENER: Colchester’s Gavin Massey