Leyton Orient 2 - 0 Brentford
npower League 1
FIRST half goals from Kevin Lisbie and Jimmy Smith ended Orient's long wait for a home win as the east Londoners triumphed over cross-capital rivals Brentford on Saturday.
The O's had yet to win in E10 this year going into this London derby, but Orient's first half blast went unanswered and the points stayed this side of the city.
The three points gained also took the O's up four places in the table, giving their supporters a lift ahead of back-to-back assignments with promotion-chasing sides.
After failing to take advantage of their chances in their last home game against Walsall, Orient would have been forgiven for feeling anxious when Dean Cox's drive from the edge of the box struck a post on seven minutes.
Jimmy Smith stuck the rebound away, but a flag was raised for offside and the goal was chalked off.
At the other end Saido Berahino should have given Brentford a 12th minute lead when Paul Rachubka spilled a cross from the right and the ball dropped to the Bees man six yards out. Much to the home side's relief he put his shot wide of the mark and the score remained at 0-0.
Rachubka also had to save a Leon Legge header from close range, but it was the O's who struck first just before the half hour.
Lisbie was the man on target, heading beyond goalkeeper Simon Moore's reach after Cox delivered a free kick from the left flank.
Brentford almost hit back immediately, only for Rachubka to make an excellent save from McGinn after the on-loan Celtic winger connected with a header at the back stick.
Matthew Spring went close at the other end, firing over following Lisbie's cut back, but Smith went one better on the stroke of half time to give the O's a cushion for the second period.
Again it was the result of a dead ball, as Cox retrieved possession from the initial clearance, crossing back into the box for Ben Chorley to knock back to Smith, who found the bottom corner expertly.
Brentford made a couple of changes at the break as they searched for a route back into the game, and they made a strong start after the restart, but after this failed to result in a goal the O's began to look more and more comfortable.
Scott Cuthbert, back from injury, slotted back in seamlessly alongside Ben Chorley as Orient stemmed the recent flow of goals against them and Brentford rarely looked like getting back into the game as the second period wore on.
Jonathan Douglas volleyed over the North Stand roof, while Jake Bidwell shot wide of Rachubka's near post, but there was no way back for Brentford as Orient went some way to atoning for their 5-0 defeat at Griffin Park earlier in the season.
Leyton Orient: Rachubka; Forbes, Cuthbert, Chorley, McSweeney; Reed, Spring; Jimmy Smith, Campbell-Ryce (Mooney 73), Cox; Lisbie (Ben Youssef 89)
Subs: Laird, Lovelock (GK), Jamie Smith
Goals: Lisbie 29, Jimmy Smith 45
Brentford: Moore; Logan, Legge (Osborne 71), Dean, Bidwell; Diagouraga, Douglas, Forshaw; Berahino (German 46). Donaldson, McGinn (Forrester 46)
Subs: Lee (GK), Thompson
Booked: Logan, Donaldson
Referee: Paul Tierney
Attendance: 4,173 (831 away)