MATHIEU BAUDRY has had to wait for his first team chance, but the Frenchman ensured he made the most of it with a goalscoring performance against Preston North End on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Frenchman was back in the O’s starting line-up for a League game for the first time since September and opened the scoring by heading home a Dean Cox cross.
He also played his part at the other end, partnering Ben Chorley at centre back to a hard-fought clean sheet and the former Bournemouth man was thrilled to be involved.
“It was a bit like a dream, really nice for me,” he explained. “I said to Deardo on Friday that I thought I was going to score, and I did.
“I have always been ready to play – I think I did ok in the Cup games and felt ready to help the team.
“When I get the shirt I want to keep it, so Saturday was fantastic because it was a great performance from the lads. Everyone worked really well.”
Baudry’s goal paved the way for a fifth straight victory for the Londoners, as Kevin Lisbie added to the advantage after the break to seal a 2-0 win.
It kept the O’s at 13th in the npower League 1 table and Baudry is looking further up as the Londoners move towards December.
He continued: “We’re doing things right at a team at the moment. We kept a clean sheet on Saturday and the strikers are doing well too.
“But if we can help them from the back to score from set pieces it’s a bonus.
“It was really hard with the conditions and they were pushing because they were losing the game, but we put our bodies on the line and saw it through.
“We had a lot of games away from home in a short period of time before this, but we did well. The lads have been brilliant and hopefully we can keep going on this run.”