O’s show dif­fer­ence a year can make

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Tom Sweet­man

A YEAR ago, Ley­ton Ori­ent were sit­ting one place off the bot­tom of League One, hav­ing lost three on the bounce.

One sea­son on and they now sit atop the same ta­ble with four wins out of four, fol­low­ing a com­pre­hen­sive de­feat of Crewe Alexan­dra.

Ori­ent proved too much for their op­po­nents and ul­ti­mately wrapped up the win in­side the first half, thanks to Moses Odubajo’s strike and a David Mooney penalty.

And with his side on a roll, Rus­sell Slade ad­mit­ted his job now was just to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing.

“There’s a real buzz around the squad at the mo­ment, they all get on with each other,” he said.

“We’ve got a fan­tas­tic spirit which has de­vel­oped and it’s gone to a dif­fer­ent level.We need to keep this go­ing.

“It was a great per­for­mance in the first half, they didn’t seem able to cope with us de­fen­sively and we seemed to carve a lot of open­ings.

“But we kept con­trol of the game, kept go­ing, push­ing on, and got the sec­ond one. Op­por­tu­ni­ties came all half, and 2-0 was more than a fair re­sult at half-time.”

Ori­ent got off to a fly­ing start as Dean Cox picked out the run of Odubajo who slot­ted through the legs of Alan Martin.

For­mer Charlton striker Kevin Lis­bie had the per­fect chance to make it two on 30 min­utes but sent his penalty wide, af­ter Chuks Aneke had brought down Nathan Clarke.

How­ever, the O’s only had to wait seven min­utes for an­other penalty. This time Mooney con­verted into the cor­ner af­ter be­ing fouled by Ge­orge Ray.

Crewe started to show some in­tent af­ter the break as Ryan Col­clough brought out a save from Jamie Jones, fol­low­ing a Scott Cuth­bert mis­take.

They con­tin­ued to at­tack as the match went on, with Aneke hit­ting the bar, but ul­ti­mately strug­gled to break Ori­ent down.

The rain was pour­ing down through­out the game on a day of foul weather in the cap­i­tal that saw Cham­pi­onship side Charlton’s match aban­doned, and Crewe man­ager Steve Davis felt it had a neg­a­tive ef­fect on his side’s per­for­mance.

“It didn’t suit us at all to be hon­est, we couldn’t pass the ball how we wanted to,” he said.

“It suited them as they have a more di­rect ap­proach.We tried to go more di­rect, but we don’t do that and can’t do that – we’re not very good at it. But we tried to go di­rect in the sec­ond half and I think we had about four good shots in the open­ing ex­changes.

“We started well in the sec­ond half but the dam­age was more or less done in the first half.”

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