ORI­ENT SIT­TING PRETTY AT TOP

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Barker

LEY­TON Ori­ent’s per­fect start to the sea­son con­tin­ued with vic­tory against in-form Bristol Rovers at the Match­room Sta­dium.

A spot kick from Lloyd James and a fine in­di­vid­ual goal from Jay Simp­son in the first half was enough in the end to seal the points for Ori­ent.

It might have been a solid win for the home side but O’s boss Ian Hen­don is not get­ting too car­ried away.

“It’s very en­joy­able to be in the po­si­tion we’re in, it was a good per­for­mance and another good re­sult,” he said.

“I think this was the big­gest test we’ve had so far this sea­son, we knew all about Rovers’ record away from home, we know they’re very or­gan­ised, and I think the vic­tory for us was the right re­sult. It was a good team per­for­mance.”

Clearly no one in Lon­don E10 is men­tion­ing pro­mo­tion just yet, but if Ori­ent do want to push on from here they’ll need to strengthen their squad – not that Hen­don was go­ing to re­veal much about their trans­fer plans.

“If we need to add play­ers, we’ve got plenty of con­tacts out there and we’re out watch­ing lots and lots of games,” he added.

“We’re go­ing to get through the week­end and we’ll see what hap­pens be­fore Tues­day’s dead­line.”

The visi­tors cer­tainly started the game brightly, with a tidy shot from El­lis Har­ri­son de­nied by Alex Cisak. Rovers’ fluid at­tack looked im­pres­sive as they broke and ran at the Ori­ent de­fence with pace and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The home side held their nerve though and, as the half de­vel­oped, be­gan to bite back. Ori­ent went ahead af­ter James Clarke pushed McCal­lum in the back just in­side the area. James stepped up and duly struck it past Chap­man.

The O’s were sud­denly a lot more as­sertive in a busy mid­field and they got their re­ward in the dy­ing mo­ments of the first half, when Simp­son shrugged off two mark­ers, carved out some space and slot­ted a won­der­ful goal past Aaron Chap­man.

The visi­tors tried a more ortho­dox 4-4-2 af­ter the break, with mixed re­sults. Ori­ent had more space to play in the mid­dle, and it needed a good save from Aaron Chap­man to deny Bradley Pitchard early in the sec­ond half.

Pritchard had a fine chance to put the game to bed in the 70th minute when he dragged his shot just wide from the edge of the box but in the end it mat­tered lit­tle.

Bristol Rovers man­ager Dar­rell Clarke was look­ing to the pos­i­tives af­ter his side’s in­cred­i­ble away form fi­nally came to an end, nearly a year since their last de­feat on the road.

“There were a few in­di­vid­u­als a lit­tle bit off their game to­day, but we brush our­selves down with a tough week on the train­ing pitch.

“Ley­ton Ori­ent are ob­vi­ously fly­ing, but I know that if my team per­form to the stan­dards that they’re ca­pa­ble of, then we’re more than a match for any­one in the league and that gives me con­fi­dence and it should give my play­ers con­fi­dence. We’re dis­ap­pointed, but we’ll bounce back.”

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