Leyton Orient enhanced their League 1 survival hopes as they convincing beat bottom side Yeovil. Chris Dagnall and Ryan Hedges both slotted home in the first 7 minutes to put Orient on their way to victory.

Scott Loach kept Yeovil in the game with some fine saves but Orient wrapped up victory as Jobi McAnuff slotted home just before the hour to give Orient only their fourth home victory of the season – all by a 3 goal margin. Yeovil remained rooted to the foot of the table, 7 points from safety and their task to prevent back to back relegation has got even more difficult. Leyton Orient stay in the relegation zone due to Coventry’s 3-2 win at Chesterfield but have bounce back from 2 straight defeats as they welcome Barnsley do Brisbane Road on Tuesday.

Orient had lost their two previous match to Bristol City and Peterborough but got off to the best possible start when Chris Dagnall fired home after good work from Jobi McAnuff in midfield. Yeovil struggled to deal with the attacking threat possessed by the home side and fell two behind on just 7 minutes. Marvin Bartley broke down the left, played the ball back to full back Andrea Dossena, the full back’s cross shot fell out to Ryan Hedges on the edge of the area and he calmly slotted home. Orient were in complete control and apart from Loach in the Yeovil game who kept the score to 2-0. Darius Henderson and Chris Dagnall both hit the post as Orient were unlucky not to add to their tally.

Yeovil started the second half better but only forced Alex Ciask into relatively easy saves but Orient wrapped up victory as Henderson and Dagnall linked up with Henderson laying on McAnuff to slot home for the third. Orient were forced to finish the game with 10 men as all substitutes were used when Mathieu Baudry picked up a hamstring injury but the home side kept a clean sheet and picked up a vital 3 points.

 

Leyton Orient

Alex Ciask  6 – Simple afternoon for the on loan Burnley keeper who was untroubled by the Yeovil frontline

Luke O’Neil  7.5 – Continues to impress on loan from Burnley. Attacked well in the first half supporting Hedges and dealt with the Yeovil threat. Filled in at center back when Baudry departed, debutized well.

Scott Cuthbert 7 – Solid display for make shift captain, looked confident in defense and rarely troubled by poor Yeovil side

Mathieu Baudry 7 – Solid display from French center half, unfortunate to go off with a hamstring injury in the second half but his and Cuthert’s partnership looks first choice pair for Liverani

Andrea Dossena 8 – Fantastic attacking display from former Liverpool left back. Showed his class with some real nice touches during the game. Linked up very well down left with McAnuff but afforded to much space by Yeovil

Ryan Hedges 8 – Continues to impress in his loan spell, scored his second goal for the club as his confidence grows. Looks dangerous in possession and crossed well but not challenged defensively which still needs improvement

Josh Wright 8 – Calm influence in midfield, always played the simple ball even if it did slow up Orient’s rhythm in possession. Making the position his own as he needs to step up with Vincelot’s injury

Marvin Bartley 7.5 – Another good display from midfielder who continues to change opinion of Orient faithful. Got forward well and defended well in the game. Replaced after 70 minutes, needs to step up with Vincelot’s injury

Jobi McAnuff 8.5 – Finally finding the form that encouraged Orient fans earlier in the season. Scored his third League goal of the season, always a threat down the left, assisted the first for Dagnall and partnership with Dossena down left keeps growing

Darius Henderson 7 – Linked well with Dagnall in attack, unlucky to not score as Loach pushed his shot onto the post Assisted McAnuff goal, replaced after an hour

Chris Dagnall 8.5 – Another tireless display from front man. Grabbed his 10th league goal of the season with the opener, continued pressurizing of the Yeovil back line kept Orient in control in the first half. Unlucky not to get a second with Loach saving well in second half and hitting the post in the first half

 

Subs

Bradley Pricthard 6 – Slotted in at right back after Baudry’s injury, gave away a couple of silly fouls. Will have to try and make an impact from bench as Hedges and McAnuff seem first choice

David Mooney 6 – Not much influence on the game after introduction in second half, set up Dagnall for a chance. Picked up a silly booking towards the end

Jay Simpson 6 – Looked lively at times after introduction, game was over when he came on.

 

Yeovil Town

Scott Loach 7 – Kept his side in the game in the first half. Couldn’t do anything to prevent first two goals, not suported in front of him

Liam Sheppard 4.5 – Struggled all match to deal with the attacking threat of McAnuff and Dossena all match, second came down his side and third, left McAnuff unmarked as he tapped home

Nathan Smith 5 – Couldn’t deal with physical prowess of Henderson or work rate from Dagnall, mix ups a plenty in the first half. Lucky not to be further behind in first half

Byron Webster 5 – Struggled in defense as his team looked at 6’s and 7’s throughout opening periods. Lucky not to be furtehr behind

Stephen Kingsley 5 – Hedges won the battle down the right with full back who couldn’t handle winger at times. Struggled when faced with 2 on 1 as O’Neil supported Hedges

Adam Morgan 4 – Replaced after just 30 minutes, left Dossena far to much room down the left. Couldn’t handle the quality of full back as he looked lost for first 30 minutes

Joe Edwards 6 – Tried to get his side moving in the second half. Picked the ball from center halves to get side moving. Played Grant in for best chance of game for Yeovil

Josh Sheehan 5.5 – Over run by Wright and Bartley in middle of midfield, second best for whole of first half. replaced after 56 minutes

Joel Grant 6 – Outlet at times down the left for Yeovil. Struggled to get better of O’Neil throughout first half. Force Ciask into good save in second half. Replaced in second half

Sam Foley 5 – Played by Ugwu, but struggled to make impact as Orient were dominant in first half, tried to help Morgan out down the right to try and stop bombarding full back Dossena

Gozie Ugwu 5.5 – Held the ball well in second half, passenger in first half as much of play was in his sides own half. Didn’t really have an opportunity on goal

 

Subs

James Hayter 5 – Introduced after half hour mark for Morgan, played behind Ugwu as Foley moved to right midfield. Struggled to make an impact

AJ Leitch Smith 5 – Little time to make impact after introduction, won a few free kick down right

James Berrett 5 – Introduced in second half, played better than Sheehan but Orient had taken foot off the pedal after the second goal

 

Men of the Match –

Chris Dagnall 8.5 – Another tireless display from front man. Grabbed his 10th league goal of the season with the opener, continued pressurizing of the Yeovil back line kept Orient in control in the first half. Unlucky not to get a second with Loach saving well in second half and hitting the post in the first half

Jobi McAnuff 8.5 – Finally finding the form that encouraged Orient fans earlier in the season. Scored his third League goal of the season, always a threat down the left, assisted the first for Dagnall and partnership with Dossena down left keeps growing


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