Slade reflects on Orient’s victory over Cosmos

Kevin Lisbie netted from the spot against the Cosmos

Kevin Lisbie netted from the spot against the Cosmos - Credit: EMPICS Sport

Leyton Orient 2 New York Cosmos 1

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade was left with mixed feelings following his side’s 2-1 win against the New York Cosmos at the Matchroom Stadium on Wednesday evening.

He was pleased that his side extended their unbeaten run to five friendly games, thanks a first-half strike by David Mooney and a second-half penalty from Kevin Lisbie.

The manager was delighted with the way his defence has been performing, but was disappointed by the way his side gave the ball away too easily late on against the Cosmos.

Slade said: “It was a really good workout and one we’re really pleased with.

“Apart from a gash to Matty Baudry’s head, we came through it okay.

“The Cosmos provided us with a challenge and we looked reasonably comfortable at 2-0 up.

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“From then onwards I didn’t think we passed or kept the ball well enough.

“We made changes which, in terms of the football match, didn’t help our case.

“But you’ve got to give players time on the pitch and that’s important, especially for the younger ones.

“I’m really pleased with the back four, I have to say.

“Games are tight in League One and if you have a strong back four that looks like they know what they’re doing, that’s a good foundation.”

Following a minute’s silence for former O’s and West Ham star Phil Woosnam, who passed away last Friday, the match commenced with Lisbie and Shaun Batt both going close to opening the scoring.

The O’s eventually made the breakthrough midway through the first half when Mooney’s effort following a goalmouth scramble was adjudged to have crossed the line by referee Stuart Attwell.

Jamie Jones in the home goal was forced into his first save a few minutes later when he pushed a long-range shot from Ayoze away for a corner.

Moses Adubajo was then denied by visiting keeper Jimmy Maurer.

But the Cosmos, with former Spain midfielder Marcos Senna in their side, ended the first half strongly and nearly levelled when Alessandro Noselli struck the woodwork following a corner.

The O’s doubled their advantage 11 minutes into the second period when Baudry was brought down in the box and Lisbie converted from the spot for his fifth pre-season goal.

Several substitutions followed and the O’s lost some momentum with Sebastien Guenzatti pulled a goal back for the visitors with around a quarter of an hour left when his shot got the better of Jones, who should have done better.

Orient: Jones, Sawyer, Cuthbert (Omozusi 69), Clarke, Baudry (Vanderhyde 84), Odubajo, James (Lee 69), Vincelot, Batt, Mooney (Djaziri (trialist) 86), Lisbie (Georgiou 76). Attendance: 2,004.