THE first three games of the season seem a long time ago for the O’s now after they made it three wins on the trot on Tuesday to move up to halfway in the League 1 table.
Orient have recovered well from losing their first three and are now in fine form following the 4-1 beating of Yeovil – a fact that pleases assistant boss Kevin Nugent.
“Everyone’s really positive after that result and it was a tough game,” he said. “They’re a decent side – they beat Brentford and Scunthorpe away and only narrowly lost to MK Dons. It was a good performance and a nice result for us tonight.
“We had spoken about starting the game at a tempo and the lads put that into place. There wasn’t a huge crowd in here tonight, but there was a fantastic atmosphere.”
Orient notched a couple of goals either side of the break, but there were a few anxious moments at the start of the second period when Yeovil’s Sam Foley cut the deficit to 2-1.
But the O’s came through that period to take the game away from the Glovers in the final 20 minutes and Nugent was once again delighted with his team’s defensive work.
He continued: “It was really important to respond the way we did. Possibly last season we might not have done that.
“We’ve got some fantastic characters in the team now, and we knew at half time that they were going to come out all guns blazing, but what was important was that if they did get a goal we carried on doing what we were doing.
“With the transition of the ball, we were able to break on them. We did that and scored a couple of goals afterwards.
“We scored four goals tonight, but I personally believe that comes from that defensive base. The group defended so well, and if you get defensive platform it gives the strikers and creative players that little bit of encouragement to try that special pass.
“And if they miss a chance it’s not the end of the world because we’re keeping clean sheets or maybe just letting in ones at the back. It gives you that licence to then be creative going forward.”