MATHIEU BAUDRY does debuts better than most.
Having scored when making his professional bow for Troyes in France, he then netted on his home debut for Bournemouth before marking his first game in O’s colours with a goal in Tuesday’s win at Charlton.
Baudry’s 45th minute header cancelled out Scott Wagstaff’s opener for the hosts and gave Orient the platform to go on and secure a penalty shootout, in which they triumphed 4-3.
It was a fine start to the season for the O’s and a fine start to a career in east London for the Frenchman who signed from Bournemouth in the summer.
“It’s nice,” he beamed. “I scored in my first professional game in France, I scored in my first home game for Bournemouth and here I’ve scored in my first competitive game for Leyton Orient.
“It’s a good start and hopefully it’ll be the start of bigger things to come.
“It was an excellent delivery [from Gary Sawyer] for the goal. We were working with the other guys to cover the box and I saw the ball, it was perfect and I just headed it.
“Scoring then was important because we worked really hard at the start and we conceded a goal from a break on one of our own set pieces, which was hard to accept.
“Levelling just before half time was good and I think we deserved to go through because we gave a good game to Charlton.”
Baudry, who provided an effective screen for the visitors’ back four in his defensive midfield role, felt hard work was the key to Orient springing a Capital One Cup shock.
He continued: “Obviously it’s better to win but even if we had lost on penalties I think we could still have been proud of what we did last night.
“We showed great spirit, the organisation was good and we didn’t give a lot away to them.
“Everyone worked really hard. Penalties is a bit of a lottery, we won but the most important thing is what we showed for all of the 120 minutes.”
As one of eight new signings for Russell Slade’s men this summer, 24-year-old Baudry hasn’t had much time to settle in with his new club, but he is delighted at how it is going so far.
He added: “We didn’t have an easy pre-season, we lost some games and it takes time for a new team to gel.
“We’ve worked really hard, we’ve talked a lot to get ready and we’ve had a constructive and positive time.
“We showed at Charlton that we were ready and hopefully we will show it in the first League game on Saturday too.”
Baudry’s debut goals
26/10/2007 – Troyes v Grenoble – D2-2
25/04/2011 – Bournemouth v Bristol Rovers – W2-1
14/08/2012 – Charlton v Leyton Orient – D1-1 (W4-3 pens)