Jack’s the lad as O’s fiz­zle out at home

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tom Bas­sam

KEVIN Nolan was left rue­ing the fail­ure of his Ley­ton Ori­ent team to cre­ate chances as they dom­i­nated their League Two clash with Lu­ton Town but ended up the los­ing side.

Jack Mar­riott got the game’s only goal just be­fore the half-hour mark in an even first half.

Af­ter the break it was all Ori­ent, but de­spite dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion they did not man­age to carve out an open­ing and that fail­ure was what most up­set O’s boss Nolan.

“If I was Lu­ton man­ager I would be de­lighted,” he said.

“I am more dis­ap­pointed with us and our fi­nal third play. It was more down to us not get­ting the right crosses in, into the right ar­eas and not miss­ing the first man.

“We dom­i­nated the game and we didn’t re­ally give them any chances.

“We con­ceded a very sloppy goal. It came from their ‘keeper’s long kick and that can’t hap­pen at this level or any level.

“I’ve chal­lenged the lads to go on an un­beaten run again.

“We’ve man­aged to go on a three-game un­beaten run, but now we’ve got to go longer.”

Hav­ing guided his team to their fourth suc­ces­sive, win Lu­ton boss Nathan Jones was de­lighted.

Jones said:“It was an away per­for­mance and not how I wanted to play with us be­ing deep and hav­ing to de­fend our box so stoutly, but we did.

“I don’t think our ‘keeper had to make any kind of save. The only real bit of qual­ity from the game came from us and Jack scored.

“I’m re­ally proud of the play­ers. They showed me how much they wanted to do some­thing.

“We asked them can we go back-to-back? And we did. Can we go away from home? And we did.

“Now we said can we build mo­men­tum? That re­sult gives us mo­men­tum.”

The first half came to life in the 25th minute with Mar­riott’s goal. A long kick from debu­tant goal­keeper Jon Mitchell was flicked on and the striker got free of his marker.

Mar­riott’s smart lob took Ori­ent stop­per Alex Cisak out of the pic­ture and re­sulted with the ball nestling in the back of the net.

Af­ter the goal the only in­stance of any note was a nasty in­jury to Ori­ent cen­tre-half Shaun Bris­ley.

Mitchell had to come through a crowd to punch away an O’s free-kick and clat­tered the de­fender, knock­ing him out. Af­ter a lengthy de­lay Bris­ley was stretchered off forc­ing Nolan to rear­range his team, but they could do lit­tle to force an equaliser be­fore the half.

In the se­cond half the pres­sure was al­most all on the Hat­ters goal, but the O’s strug­gled to cre­ate any­thing tan­gi­ble as Lu­ton held out.

STAR MAN JACK MARRI

OTT Lu­ton

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