Plenty of positives for new National League leaders Orient
PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 October 2018
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The O's could have scored more than four on Saturday, but crucially appear to have their mojo back
Leyton Orient are facing a busy week in the National League, but they go into it with a real spring in their step after Saturday’s 4-0 win over Havant & Waterlooville.
The O’s scored four times, but easily could have had six or seven with James Dayton going close on a few occasions, Macauley Bonne failing to make the most of several promising openings and Josh Koroma lacking a clinical touch in front of goal.
It didn’t matter too much for boss Justin Edinburgh, who was simply pleased to see his main attacking players on song and looking dangerous.
On Bonne only scoring once, Edinburgh said: “It wasn’t for a lack of trying or a lack of opportunities. The goalkeeper has made one or two saves and a few flashed across the goalmouth, but I am pleased for Macaulay to be back on the goal trail.
“Josh did everything but score. It was a really positive performance from him and he looked back to his best.”
The opener arrived after 13 minutes when Dayton’s free kick found Charlie Lee at the back post and although his header was saved by Ben Dudzinski, Josh Coulson was on hand to tap home.
It was 2-0 five minutes later when Jobi McAnuff’s corner was inadvertently deflected in by Havant ace Theo Lewis.
Orient were already dominant and with confidence flowing, they continued to move the ball around with class.
Lee capped an excellent display with a long-range stunner in the 39th minute after he had won the ball back in midfield and then O’s saved the best until last.
An 11-pass move concluded when Craig Clay nutmegged an opponent, after Bonne had done the same, and then Orient’s top goalscorer smashed home at the near post to make it 4-0 on the hour mark.
Edinburgh said: “The fourth goal was as good as we have scored this season with the build-up play to it. We had a purpose and intent about our play and that is what we have got to continue to do.
“I’m pleased for Chaz. He had an assist for one and scored another and it was a very good strike.
“He caught the goalkeeper off guard because he probably didn’t expect him to shoot from there, so it was well dispatched.
“Craig was immense too, he played off the front foot and Jobi and ‘Dayts’ had intricate play and it was a positive performance.”
After thrashing Havant at home, Orient will now be on the road and first up a trip to Eastleigh on Tuesday before they visit AFC Fylde on Saturday.
The two fixtures will pose O’s with stern examinations, but Edinburgh’s men seem to have their mojo back.