AFC Bournemouth 2 – 0 Leyton Orient
npower League 1
ORIENT’S three-game unbeaten away run was ended with a lacklustre performance in defeat to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.
The O’s just weren’t at the races as Bournemouth controlled proceedings from the off and gained their reward with a couple of quickfire goals midway through the second period.
Lewis Grabban and Marc Pugh were the goalscorers as the Cherries finally found the killer touch to match their dominance in possession and send the O’s back home pointless.
Bournemouth paraded new boss Eddie Howe to their supporters before the game, although it was still former O’s man Dennis Rofe in the Cherries’ dugout.
And his side started in the ascendancy, although they almost fell behind on nine minutes when they lost possession in a dangerous area, and with keeper David James off his line, Michael Symes’ chipped effort drifted just wide of the mark.
That was just about the only time that the home side were threatened in a low key opening period though, as they set about stamping their mark on possession.
They managed that without too much bother, spending most of the time in O’s territory although their play did lack bite and Russell Slade’s men were largely untroubled.
However, the hosts still created a golden chance to move in front on 33 when they broke quickly following an Orient corner, giving Eunan O’Kane a free run on goal.
He looked set to find the net, but took too long over the shot and Ryan Allsop did well to block and keep the scoresheet blank.
The second period began in similar fashion, as Orient looked quite content to let the Cherries play in front of them.
Bournemouth still held the vast majority of possession and the O’s attacking threat was non-existent, so when they grabbed a couple of quick goals in quick succession after the hour, it looked a long way back for the visitors.
Their first owed much to fortune as Simon Francis’ corner was met with a defensive header at the near post, but a couple of ricochets off Pugh and Grabban saw the ball end up in the O’s net.
Then, just two minutes later it was 2-0 as Allsop and Nathan Clarke lost the ball when trying to play out of the back, and Pugh nipped in to round the O’s keeper and knock home.
Orient introduced Moses Odubajo, Ryan Brunt and David Mooney from the bench as they looked for a way back, but Bournemouth’s quickfire double had killed the game and Orient were left to contemplate their first away defeat in over a month.
Bournemouth: James; Francis, Elphick, Addison, Daniels; Hughes (Davids 44); O’Kane, MacDonald; Grabban, Barnard, Pugh
Subs: Jalal (GK), Cook, Partington, Demouge, McQuoid, Tubbs
Goals: Grabban 65, Pugh 67
Leyton Orient: Allsop; McSweeney, Clarke, Chorley, Sawyer; Cox, Griffith, Rowlands, Cook (Odubajo 68); Symes (Brunt 68), Wagstaff (Mooney 81)
Subs: Baudry, Smith, Laird, James
Referee: Steve Martin
Attendance: 5,715 (499 away)