ORI­ENT’S EX­PRESS IS RE­TURN­ING

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Andrew Brook To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

RUS­SELL Slade in­sisted his side are over their mini-slump and called on pro­mo­tion ri­vals Brent­ford to do like­wise af­ter his Ley­ton Ori­ent side re­placed the Bees at League One’s sum­mit.

Two Lloyd James penal­ties were enough to de­feat Swin­don and re­turn Ori­ent to the ta­ble-top­ping po­si­tion they re­lin­quished ear­lier in the month.

Slade said: “We had a dif­fi­cult pe­riod, but we’ve shown our char­ac­ter and come through with two wins. Brent­ford have been on a re­mark­able run, but it’s all about them bounc­ing back now, which they’ve not had to do for a while.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to Brent­ford and Wolves com­ing here. They’re the games, but ev­ery game has that lit­tle bit more im­por­tance added now.

“The im­por­tant thing was to get the win. We were well worth the three points. We cre­ated chances all af­ter­noon, but with­out the ball we were ex­cel­lent.”

Ori­ent, re­stored to form by mid­week vic­tory over Steve­nage af­ter four win­less games, were the dom­i­na­tor through­out and pro­duced plenty of in­di­vid­ual high­lights, such as ac­cu­rate through-balls or Moses Odubajo’s trick­ery.

But only when Chris Dag­nell gen­tly di­verted David Mooney’s float­ing cross onto the post in the first-half did they com­bine those mo­ments into worth­while chances.

How­ever, they were gifted goals ei­ther side of half-time. First, Odubajo was in­nocu­ously sit­u­ated in­side the area when Jamie Reck­ord clum­sily felled him like a ri­val speed-skater. James side­footed that penalty home and quickly re­ceived an­other such op­por­tu­nity.

This time Troy Archibald-Henville had his arms across Mooney as the two ran onto a long ball. The con­tact be­gan out­side the area, but con­tin­ued into it where the striker tum­bled, and James drove this spot-kick down the cen­tre.

Mark Cooper ad­justed the deckchairs on his Ti­tanic, but sub­sti­tu­tions did noth­ing to stop the ship’s de­scent, as the penalty give­aways proved the tip of the ice­berg.

It is hard for Cooper to in­stall a swift, short pass­ing game when his play­ers re­peat­edly pass out of play with stand-in keeper Tyrell Belford a re­peat of­fender.

The Swin­don man­ager said: “We’ve got a style at the club that we’re try­ing to im­ple­ment and there’s go­ing to be some frus­trat­ing times ahead be­fore we get it per­fect.

“We didn’t have enough at­tempts on goal, we didn’t threaten them enough, but first-half I thought we were com­fort­able.

“You can’t make two chal­lenges like we did.The first one the Ori­ent winger is fac­ing the stand and our de­fender de­cides to tackle him. Then Troy gets him­self in a mud­dle and rugby tack­les the boy. We’ve not made Ori­ent work for it. We’ve given them two

goals.”

LEY­TON ORI­ENT: (4-4-2): Jakupovic 7, Cuth­bert 7, Baudry 6, Clarke 8, Omozusi 8, Odubajo 8, Vincelot 7, James 7, Cox 6, Mooney 6 (Lis­bie 84 6), Dag­nall 7 (Batt 76 6) Subs not used: Larkins, Sawyer, Ness, Bart­ley, Simp­son

SWIN­DON: (4-1-4-1): Belford 4, Byrne 6, ArchibaldHenville 5, Ward 6, Reck­ord 4, Kasim 5, Mur­phy 5 (Barker 55 6), Har­ley 6, Luongo 6, Glad­win 4 (Reis 55 7), Smith 5 Subs not used: Branco, Bartham, Smith, N’Gues­san

PIC­TURES: Si­mon O'Con­nor/TGSPHOTO

SPOT ON: Lloyd James scored two penal­ties for Ley­ton Ori­ent

FELLED: Jamie Reckford fouls Moses Odubajo

STAR MAN NATHA

N CLARK

E Ley­ton

Ori­ent

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