Search

O’s head coach proud of squad for historic start to league campaign

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 September 2018

Leyton Orient players celebrate after Jobi McAnuff scores at Harrogate Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient players celebrate after Jobi McAnuff scores at Harrogate Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

Macauley Bonne’s hat-trick helped Orient earn a 5-1 win at Braintree Town to make it 13 games without defeat this season

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh felt proud of his players after they made it 13 games without defeat this season following a 5-1 victory at Braintree Town to set a new club record.

The O’s previous best start to a league campaign was 12 matches without defeat and this was set in the League One 2013/14 term.

At Cressing Road, Orient had the opportunity to set a new record and did it in some style with a clinical display against the Iron.

Edinburgh proudly stated: “The players have broken a record and people will always talk about that, but we want to continue this.

“We know we are there to be shot at, but the group will not allow complacency to creep in.

“A lot of people probably went to Braintree and thought complacency might creep in, but credit to the players because they are the ultimate professionals and it was a good away performance.

“It was like a home game, but we had to treat it like an away game and credit to the players for their mentality.”

Orient went ahead after only seven minutes when Macauley Bonne finished from the penalty spot after Josh Koroma had been fouled.

Braintree fought back impressively, however, and levelled through Lyle Della-Verde in the 23rd minute after good play by Michael Clark.

The O’s didn’t let it knock them off their stride and went back in front five minutes before half time when Marvin Ekpiteta swivelled and drilled home.

Once Orient got the second period underway, they went for the jugular and made it 3-1 with 57 on the clock when Josh Koroma lobbed Ben Killip following a well-weighted Charlie Lee pass.

It then turned into the Bonne show as the marksman grabbed his second in the 65th minute at the back post before completing his hat-trick five minutes later to extend O’s lead at the top of the National League table.

Edinburgh added: “I am sure a lot of supporters come to Braintree and thought it might be the banana skin and the one where it would go wrong being the 13th game, so all those things superstitious people believe in.

“So what I have to say is the players deserve huge credit because they have put out a statement of intent.

“Macauley has gone home with the match ball. He was running around for it after the game and had it up his top.

“I am not sure if he has the right ball, but I am pleased for him and it probably puts him top of the goalscoring charts. He is starting to click into gear now and dispatched all three of his goals very well.”

While Edinburgh kept faith with the same starting XI for the ninth consecutive match, he did make a change to his bench.

James Brophy returned from injury to take Matt Harrold’s spot among the substitutes and he was introduced in the 71st minute.

The Orient head coach admitted: “It was a difficult decision. I left Matt off the bench and that was a tough one and a decision which wasn’t made lightly.

“I thought it would be a tight game and I felt James might be required because Braintree would get men behind the ball and if we didn’t get ahead or we weren’t as fluid as we might have been, we might need James to open them up. It was good for him to get some minutes.”

Edinburgh reserved special praise for the travelling support, with O’s having 1,334 there out of the 2,574 crowd, although it did seem like more Orient fans were present.

He concluded: “They were fantastic and we are delighted to be backed by those incredible numbers and we have put on a performance for all of them to go home happy.”

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

Behind closed doors friendly: Leyton Orient 1 Bristol City 2

Dan Happe
Yesterday, 19:00

Pupils at a junior school in Forest Gate created a garden of Remembrance to mark Armistice Day.

Forest Gate
Yesterday, 15:57

Pupils in Manor Park unveiled a garden of handmade poppies on Monday to mark a century since the end of the First World War.

Yesterday, 14:00

Campaigners face a delay in discovering the fate of their beloved Manor Park pub, after a planning committee deferred approving the redevelopment application.

Stephen Timms
Yesterday, 13:00

Veteran manager signs up for stint on reality TV show

Yesterday, 12:00

A woman from East Ham whose cat went missing is offering a holiday as reward for information.

Yesterday, 12:00

The 66-year-old, who helped produce ‘The Greater Game’ play, praised the work of Justin Edinburgh

Josh Koroma

PROMOTED CONTENT

Have you spent time as an unpaid carer? If you are over the age of 25 and living in Newham, the Working for Carers scheme can help you take the first steps back to employment.

Hanson Fernandes’ journey began in 2015 when he arrived in London from Goa, India.

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now