BELLY-UP LATICS JUST TOO SOFT
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
BACK DOOR: Orient’s Andrea Dossena scores past Jake Kean
ON TARGET: Orient’s Jay Simpson scores his side’s third