Last years play-off finalists were the visitors to Sportsdirect.com park on Saturday as they faced an Oldham side looking to bounce back after a poor 3-0 defeat in mid week at the hands of Middlesbrough.

Oldham started the brighter of the two sides with some good passing and possession, and they were quickly in front after just fifteen minuets thanks to Jonathan Forte’s third goal in two games after he latched on to a good ball from Carl Winchester and finished cool past Adam Legzdins in the Orient goal. The lead was gone after just five minuets however when last year’s top goal scorer Darius Henderson raced through one on one and finished smartly to level the game.

In the second half Leyton Orient came out much stronger and tactically better than the home side. They succeeded in marking Jonathan Forte out of the game and limiting Oldham to fees chances whilst creating their own at the same time through some good football. On fifty eight minuets the visitors earned a deserved lead thanks again to David Mooney who finished well after a good run and pass from his strike partner Darius Henderson. Orient continued to boss the half and went on to get a third later on in the game when substitute Kevin Lisbie nodded home a free header from a good corner with only his first touch of the game. Overall a deserved win for the visitors but Oldham will need to improve quickly as next up for them is Port Vale on Tuesday.

Oldham Athletic

Paul Rachubka– Good kicking at first but deteriorated as the half game went on, may have done better on the second goal too. 6.5
Jospeh Mills– Quiet going forward but good under pressure. 6.5
James Wilson– Didn’t have a great game, beaten in the air numerous times and made a number of mistakes, a rare off day. 6.0
George Elokobi– Solid in the air and strong however his passing was very poor. 6.5
Connor Brown– Good on the ball and marked well but did make a couple of key mistakes. 7.0
Jonathan Forte– Looked fantastic first half, extremely fast and very good on the ball as well as finishing well for the Oldham goal, however he went missing a lot in the second half and failed to make an impact. 7.5
Liam Kelly– Passed very poorly in the middle and didn’t look himself at all. 6.0
Mike Jones– Looked okay on the ball in the first half but looked to be unfit in the second half. 6.0
Timothee Dieng– Very poor passing however he did well winning the ball and holding it up in the middle. 6.0
Carl Winchester– Actually played very well, looked bright throughout when on the ball and attempted to make things happen going forward but was slightly let down by his team. 7.5
Jonson Clarke-Harris– Seemed uninterested throughout the second half and was very weak on the ball, going down under tackles far too easily. 6.0

Substitutions

 Danny Philliskirk– Also uninterested, didn’t really get on the ball to make an impact. 6.0
 James Dayton– Very quiet, failed to make an impact. 6.0
 David Noble– Came on for debut, looked fairly weak on ball, not the best passing. 6.0

 

Leyton Orient

Adam Legzdins– Had few savers to make but looked good with kicking and catching throughout. 7.0
Scott Cuthbert– Struggled with pace of Forte in first half but completely marked him out of the game in the second. 7.5
Romain Vincelot– Good passing and control, calm on the ball all game. 7.0
Nathan Clarke– Good in the air and tracking back as well as clearing when needed. 7.0
Mathieu Baudry– Defended well, stood up strong and tackled well throughout. 7.0
Shane Lowry– Again looked calm and composed, passed well and had a good first touch. 7.0
Bradley Pritchard– looked rather quiet at times but made no mistakes and passed well. 7.0
Jay Simpson– Looked quieter than expected, didn’t get on the ball too much before being replaced in the second half. 6.5
Dean Cox– Always running down the wing wanting the ball, played some good passes and crosses into the danger areas whilst continuing to look sharp. 8.0
David Mooney– A fantastic finish one on one showing great composure to do so, just what you want from your centre forward. 9.0
Darius Henderson– Made a number of good runs through, scored the equaliser as well as a great run and pass to claim an assist. 8.0

Substitutions

Jobi McAnuff– Looked quiet when he came on, didn’t get in the game too much. 6.0
Kevin Lisbie– Scored a nice header with his first touch showing great goal poaching abilities. 7.5

 

Man of the Match

David Mooney- Undoubtedly his goal was the difference between the two scoring at a vital time, he looked sharp throughout and finished fantastically. 9.0

 


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