The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ge­orge Sessions

DAR­REN Fer­gu­son was chuffed to bits with Don­caster Rovers’ ruth­less­ness at strug­gling Ley­ton Ori­ent, as the lead­ers scored three times in the sec­ond half to claim vic­tory.

Tommy Rowe opened the scor­ing for Rovers in the 36th minute, but Tom Parkes fin­ished off a stun­ning move to level just be­fore the break.

Un­for­tu­nately for Ori­ent the class of Don­caster showed af­ter the restart, as John Mar­quis bagged two be­fore Mathieu Baudry volleyed home a fourth.

“Once we got the sec­ond goal we were pretty ruth­less, but in the first half we didn’t do the ba­sics well enough,” said Fer­gu­son.

“We were ill-dis­ci­plined and I did speak be­fore the match about be­ing ag­gres­sive and try­ing to play the first half like the sec­ond in terms of win­ning the first half be­cause we thought they would make it hard.

“But we were a lit­tle bit too open to the counter-at­tack, so we said at half-time ‘let’s do the ba­sics right’.

“We knew if we were more con­cen­trated and dis­ci­plined then we would get chances and we missed three good ones at 1-1, but the sec­ond oc­curred be­cause of great press­ing and it’s an out­stand­ing fin­ish and the third and fourth killed it.”

Al­though Don­caster de­served the points, Ori­ent bat­tled well and tested the lead­ers in the first half.

Rowe fired into the cor­ner to put the vis­i­tors ahead, but Danny Webb’s side hit back with a stun­ning equaliser. Parkes in­ter­cepted the ball mid­way in­side his own half and com­bined ex­cel­lently with Gavin Massey be­fore slot­ting into the cor­ner.

Webb said: “It was a good goal and a good counter-at­tack. I thought we were playing ever so well and it is dis­ap­point­ing we are not talking about an equaliser which got us a wel­learned point.

“But mis­takes were made and we looked a bit shaky as the game went on and we truly got pun­ished.”

A poor pass by Aron Pol­lock gifted Mar­quis an op­por­tu­nity ten min­utes af­ter the restart and he ri­fled into the cor­ner.

The former Ori­ent loa­nee then en­sured Don­caster would claim the points in the 77th minute as he fired home Gary McSh­ef­frey’s cen­tre.

And Baudry con­cluded the scor­ing with a sump­tu­ous vol­ley, though didn’t cel­e­brate out of re­spect for his old club.

Ori­ent’s next bat­tle is on Monday as they face a wind­ing-up pe­ti­tion in the High Court over an un­paid tax bill.

“You tell your­self ‘what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger’ so hope­fully we come out of the pos­i­tive side of it,” added Webb. “I don’t know which way it is go­ing to go and I should imag­ine that is the pri­or­ity for ev­ery­one con­nected with the club now.”

PIC­TURES: Max Flego

WHAT A FIN­ISH: Tommy Rowe scores and, in­set, Tom Parkes gifts a rare smile to Ori­ent fans EM-BRACE: John Mar­quis mobbed by Al­fie May af­ter a goal

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