BELLY-UP LAT­ICS JUST TOO SOFT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Bruce Archer

OLD­HAM manager Lee John­son ad­mits a soft un­der­belly cost his team at Bris­bane Road, but he in­sists they will keep go­ing in their hunt for pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship.

The Lat­ics were turned over by rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Ori­ent for just a sec­ond win of 2015 by the Lon­don side and their third at home all sea­son.

Goals from An­drea Dossena, a penalty from David Mooney and Jay Simp­son’s in­jury-time strike, as well as Jonathan Forte’s missed spot-kick at two down, frus­trated John­son.

His team slip to ninth, two points off the play-offs.

“It’s mas­sively dis­ap­point­ing, but I don’t think it was as bad as the score­line sug­gests,” he said.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing be­cause I love them.

“They’re all good lads. They all worked hard.

“No­body could deny that they worked hard, but there was a soft un­der­belly out there.

“And the soft un­der­belly was in the first 15 min­utes. It just gave them the op­por­tu­nity to hang on to some­thing.

“We got in some great ar­eas and we won the penalty.

“We had cor­ners, but we didn’t have enough chances and that’s what I said to them.

“It’s the courage re­ally to pro­vide the qual­ity in the last lit­tle bit that we lacked.”

Ori­ent took the lead af­ter three min­utes as Ryan Hedges played a low di­ag­o­nal ball to left-back Dossena, who fired across goal into the bot­tom cor­ner from in­side the penalty area.

Mooney made it two from the spot in the 25th minute, send­ing Jake Kean the wrong way to net his 50th club goal af­ter Jobi McAnuff has been brought down by Lat­ics skip­per Liam Kelly.

O’s keeper Alex Cisak did well to keep out Joseph Mills’ free-kick, tip­ping the shot over just be­fore half time, and then stood firm in the 64th minute as Forte fired his penalty to­wards him, with Kelly slam­ming against the bar from the re­bound.

Ori­ent de­fended well, with Ro­main Vincelot pa­trolling the mid­field, and were able to play on the break af­ter their strong start.

Sub­sti­tute Simp­son made it three in the fifth minute of stop­page time to round off the victory.

Ori­ent re­main sec­ond bot­tom and two points clear of safety but Fabio Liverani is op­ti­mistic and be­lieves the win can kick-start their safety push.

“It was a great thing to win again at home af­ter such a long time,” Liverani said through a trans­la­tor.

“And, hope­fully, it’s just the start be­cause we have a lot of games to play at home.

“This ground has to be some­where the other teams have to strug­gle to get points. “I’m very pleased with the per­for­mance.

“We con­ceded the penalty, but over­all it was a very good per­for­mance com­pared to the pre­vi­ous games. , we min­imised the mis­takes and got the three points. “We need 20 points to avoid rel­e­ga­tion, and we need to win games home and away to achieve this.”

LEY­TON ORI­ENT (4-4-2): Cisak 7, Sawyer 6, Lowry 7, Baudry 7, Dossena 6; Hedges 7 (Simp­son 80 6), Vincelot 8, Wright 6, McAnuff 8 (Cox 61 6); Mooney 7 (Bart­ley 71 6), Dag­nall 6. Subs not used: Lis­bie, Clarke, Grainger, Plas­mati

OLD­HAM (4-5-1): Kean 6; B.Wil­son 6, J.Wil­son 6, Elokobi 5 (Kusunga 18 6), Mills 5 (Brown 45 6); Turner 5 (Mur­phy 58 6), Kelly 7, Winch­ester 5, Philliskirk 5, Poleon 6; Forte 5

Subs not used: Cole­man, Lock­wood, Dieng, Mel­lis

PIC­TURES: Gavin El­lis/TGSPHOTO

BACK DOOR: Ori­ent’s An­drea Dossena scores past Jake Kean

ON TAR­GET: Ori­ent’s Jay Simp­son scores his side’s third

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