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