Leyton Orient 0 – 2 Doncaster Rovers
npower League 1
ORIENT’S four-match unbeaten run was ended by a clinical Doncaster Rovers at Brisbane Road on Saturday.
The visitors established a two-goal lead by the mid-point of the first half and never relinquished it as they made short work of seeing off the Londoners.
Iain Hume’s 12th minute drive got them going, while David Cotterill turned in the second to give Orient a mountain to climb.
Aside from a couple of half chances, Orient rarely looked like getting back into the contest as Doncaster saw out a 2-0 victory.
Orient were keen to avoid the scenario they found themselves in at Crewe last week – falling victim to a fast start – but they failed to prevent Doncaster from beginning on the offensive and moving into a 12th minute lead.
It all stemmed from a Doncaster break which Orient failed to stop and Chris Brown and David Cotterill were involved in setting up the chance for Iain Hume to drill a fine low angled drive across Ryan Allsop and into the bottom left corner.
The O’s were forcing a number of corners in the opening stages, but struggling to penetrate the tall defensive paring of Jamie McCombe and Rob Jones.
Doncaster were the more clinical and doubled the advantage midway through the opening period as the O’s struggled to deal with a cross from the left.
The ball seemed to take an age to fall for Michael Syers, but he was able to get the shot away, which Cotterill turned home from inside the six yard box.
Orient weren’t really getting a handle on the game as Doncaster played the role of the away team perfectly, defending their advantage without too much bother.
Mathieu Baudry, back in the O’s midfield for the injured Martin Rowlands, skied a shot well over the top from 30 yards, but the hosts needed better if they were to find a way back into the contest.
They did force a save from Donny keeper Gary Woods at the start of the second period when he had to gather a Kevin Lisbie header down low to his left.
The hosts then nearly forced a corner home, but Doncaster emerged from that period unscathed and Orient looked to be lacking a spark.
Genuine chances were few and far between, despite the introduction of Moses Odubajo, David Mooney and Marc Laird from the bench.
Doncaster successfully snuffed out any hope of an unlikely O’s comeback as they were forced to reflect on the end of their unbeaten run.
Leyton Orient: Allsop; McSweeney, Clarke, Chorley, Sawyer; Cox, Baudry (Laird 60), Smith, Cook (Odubajo 67); Lisbie, Brunt (Mooney 67)
Subs: Symes, Obafemi, James
Booked: Chorley, Sawyer
Doncaster: G Woods; Husband, McCombe, Jones, Syers; Cotterill (Quinn 84), Spurr, Harper, Bennett (M Woods 79); Hume (Paynter 86), Brown
Subs: Sullivan (GK), Martis, Blake, Keegan
Goals: Hume 12, Cotterill 21
Booked: Bennett, Brown, Cotterill, Paynter
Referee: Nigel Miller
Attendance: 4,401 (630 away)