HALF-TIME Orient 0 Bournemouth 1 Pugh - what a strike!

Bournemouth’s early goal puts Orient on the back foot

Leyton Orient 0 Bournemouth 1

Bournemouth, looking for their first away win since August, were given a dream start when Marc Pugh fired the visitors ahead after just two minutes.

It was the kind of start new Orient goalkeeper Jason Brown could have done without, as his first job was to pick the ball out of the back of the net.

Pugh was not picked up on the edge of the Orient box and let fly with a stunning shot that beat the 28-year-old Blackburn Rovers keeper, who was given the selection nod ahead of Lee Butcher, who dropped to the bench.

Brown arrived yesterday and will stay until at Brisbane Road until just before Christmas. He has made nine starts for Rovers and has two Welsh caps to his name.

Orient came close to a leveller on 10 minutes when a slide-rule pass from Paul-Jose Mpoku found Scott McGleish.

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The O’s striker blasted a shot against the bar and top-scorer Alex Revell saw his follow-up attempt blocked.

As the home side looked to force their way back into the game, Mpoku went close with a free-kick that Shwan Jalal scrambled to save at his near post.

Revell then went close with a header following a free-kick from Charlie Daniels and as Orient stepped up the pressure the dangerous Mpoku fired wildly over after a good run.

Bournemouth were forced into a change when Marvin Bartley replaced Shaun Cooper and it was Bournemouth who finished strongly as Josh McQuoid was given time and space and his 30-yard drive was saved by Brown.

Orient: J.Brown, Omozusi, Chorley, Forbes, Daniels, Cox, Spring, Smith, Mpoku, Revell, McGleish. Subs: Butcher, Whing, A. Brown, Jarvis, Tehoue, Cestor, Walker,

Referee: Keith Hill