Leyton Orient 4 – 1 Yeovil Town
npower League 1
ORIENT made it three wins in a row with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Yeovil Town on Tuesday night.
The home side notched twice either side of the break to see off the Glovers with their most comprehensive home win for over a year.
Four different O’s players found the net and the hosts also showed strong resilience to fend off a Yeovil fightback after they cut the deficit to 2-1 to take the game away from the visitors again.
The O’s got off to a dream start, moving in front with just three minutes gone with a goal of pure simplicity.
There was nothing subtle about it, but plenty of damage as Nathan Clarke launched a long throw from the right and Ben Chorley was there to glance a header beyond a helpless Marek Stech in the Yeovil goal.
With the O’s coming into this contest having kept clean sheets in their last two outings, Yeovil may have felt some trepidation at falling behind so early, but it was the visitors who created the next chance – and one they should really have taken.
A neat passage of play from the Glovers saw them split the O’s backline open and James Hayter was played in with just Ryan Allsop to beat, but the O’s keeper stood tall to deny the visitors’ striker.
And Yeovil were punished on 24 when Brunt struck with his second goal in as many games.
The goal owed much to a fantastic cross from Lee Cook, who delivered perfectly from the left for Brunt to charge in at the back post and force a header into the Yeovil net.
The Glovers were beginning to look shaky at the back as Orient tried to put them under further pressure and Anthony Griffith almost added a third before half time, but his curling effort was placed just wide of the mark after he was set up by Kevin Lisbie.
Yeovil did change the face of the game for a while after the break when they pulled one back and began to look capable of grabbing a leveller.
Sam Foley was the man who got them back in the contest, heading home at the far post after Korey Smith span into space in the right hand channel to cross.
Yeovil were on the front foot and the O’s crowd were getting nervous, but Orient responded well to take the game away from the visitors again.
Smith was the man who grabbed the vital third, stealing in front of his man to meet Gary Sawyer’s corner with an unstoppable touch from close range.
Then, Lisbie put the seal on victory, neatly slotting through Stech’s legs following a long kick from Allsop and a flick on from Brunt.
The game was won, but Orient remained on the hunt for more and only three superb saves by Stech – denying David Mooney, Affy Obafemi and Moses Odubajo – prevented them from getting it.
Leyton Orient: Allsop; McSweeney, Clarke, Chorley, Sawyer; Cox, Griffith, Smith, Cook (Odubajo 67); Lisbie (Obafemi 86), Brunt (Mooney 81)
Subs: Baudry, Laird, Grainger (GK)
Goals: Chorley 3, Brunt 24, Smith 71, Lisbie 79
Booked: McSweeney, Allsop
Yeovil: Stech; Blizzard (Ayling 62), Ince (Nkumu 82), Webster, Ralph; Smith, Upson, Foley, Marsh-Brown (Ugwu 46); Reid, Hayter
Subs: Hinds, Stewart (GK), Young
Goal: Foley 55
Referee: Keith Stroud
Attendance: 2,876 (191 away)