ORIENT SMASH SWANS FOR SIX
IAN Hendon grilled his Leyton Orient side for sloppy finishing despite hitting Staines Town for six in the first round of the FA Cup.
The game kicked off at the Matchroom Stadium with three tiers and 81 teams between the two sides.
By full-time there were also five goals separating them.
The O’s, on the back of a mixed run in the league, blitzed the NonLeague outfit with three goals inside a dizzy opening 13 minutes.
Ollie Palmer and Dean Cox scored two each with former O’s defender Darren Purse hitting back for the visitors before late strikes from John Marquis and Sean Clohessy.
And despite the rout Hendon called on his side to be more composed in front of goal.
“It was a good performance,” he said. “But I actually went in there and I felt we should have had more.
“We had some good chances second half to really finish the game off. No disrespect to Staines, they’ve come and had a go, and credit to Nicky Forster and the team, but we just had a little bit too much.”
Hendon made five changes, three forced, and while it didn’t halt their fluency Hendon admits he’s still looking to add to his squad.
“I had a meeting with the president,” he added. “We’ve discussed it and we are looking.
“I’m not going to say where position-wise, but we are looking to get a couple in if we can.”
Palmer headed in at the back post from Frazer Shaw’s dinked delivery after just eight minutes to open the scoring. Cox doubled the lead after ten with a cool finish into the bottom corner from nine yards after another Shaw cut-back.
After another 60 seconds Palmer made it three as he converted after Blair Turgott’s long-range effort was smothered into his path.
Purse, 38, who started his career at Orient, hooked the ball over Alex Cisak after he’d flapped at a corner to draw the loudest cheer of the afternoon.
However, Cox then whipped in a free-kick from 28 yards to give Orient four at half-time.
Marquis finally made it five in the closing minutes with a composed finish before Clohessy scored in injury time to wrap things up.
“I don’t think there’s any shame in our performance but the gulf in quality was there to see,” said Staines boss Nicky Forster.
“Certainly the finishing was superior. We said we couldn’t win the game in the first 20 minutes but certainly can lose it – and to be three down after 13 minutes, as an event it was a mountain to climb. “That’s the only criticism, that we needed to weather that initial period and get to grips with the occasions, and we didn’t do that.
“That’s our first-choice midfield. We could have changed it and bulked up the middle and had defenders all over the pitch and come in negatively. "But if we’d have lost like that, then we’d have said why change the team that got us there.”
HEADS UP: Ollie Palmer opens the scoring for Leyton Orient EASY: Orient’s Ollie Palmer celebrates the opening goal