LIS­BIE WIN­NER KEEPS O’S TOP

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Daniel Gar­diner

THEY may have rid­den their luck at times but ac­cord­ing to man­ager Rus­sell Slade, Ley­ton Ori­ent de­serve to be top of League One af­ter a 100 per cent start to the new sea­son.

Vet­eran striker Kevin Lis­bie scored a first-half win­ner, but af­ter the break Ori­ent weath­ered a Steve­nage storm to en­sure they smug­gled the three points back to East Lon­don.

“Well it’s just a re­ally good re­sult for us – it keeps our mo­men­tum go­ing,” said Slade. "When you come to places like this you have to have the right mind­set and be phys­i­cally ready.

“We had the best chance of the game in the first-half which we took so I think we de­served the win.

“The de­fence was re­ally solid; we only had one scary mo­ment to deal with, which we did well, but other than that, we were OK.

“Ev­ery game is im­por­tant, es­pe­cially when you have the type of mo­men­tum we do.

“We have a good feel­ing around the place, we want to keep that – you do that by win­ning.”

The dead­lock was bro­ken in the 27th minute when Ley­ton Ori­ent’s Moses Odubajo was al­lowed space out wide to cross for vet­eran striker Kevin Lis­bie who headed past goal­keeper Chris Day.

Ori­ent came close to dou­bling their lead in the sec­ond minute of stop­page time when Dean Cox’s cross to the back post was just out of the reach of Lloyd James.

The vis­i­tors picked up where they left off in the first half with David Mooney lay­ing a ball off to Cox who shot just wide in the 47th minute.

Lis­bie was put through one-onone with Day by Mooney in the 64th minute, and the striker looked to have been brought down by the keeper but was deemed to have dived and given a yel­low card.

In re­sponse for the hosts, a cor­ner from Free­man was then met by the head of Peter Hart­ley who rat­tled the cross­bar.

A shot from sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute Greg Tansey was punched away by Jones but only into the path of Dar­ius Charles, who rounded the keeper and scored - but it was cor­rectly ruled out for off side in the 76th minute to end Charles’ cel­e­bra­tions pre­ma­turely.

The last five min­utes saw Steve­nage build pres­sure in the Ori­ent half, and a chance fell to Tansey but he lashed his shot over in added time.

“I think you al­ways have got to be hon­est about where you are at,” said Steve­nage man­ager Gra­ham West­ley.

“It was quite hard go­ing for us, but I think we showed a lot more than we did last week.

“It was a pleas­ing per­for­mance com­pared to last week – it wouldn’t have been un­just if we got a draw. “There are a lot of unan­swered ques­tions, but we have a good group of lads here.

“I know the play­ers we have and they are a good bunch. I think we will be okay.

“We have to get used to each other and gel; I like the phrase

Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

MATCH WIN­NER: Kevin Lis­bie cel­e­brates scor­ing for Ley­ton Ori­ent

TUS­SLE: Ley­ton Ori­ent’s Ro­main Vincelot with Luke Free­man

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