Manager Alberto Cavasin praised the collective efforts of his players following their 3-1 victory at Hartlepool United.
Second half goals from Sandro Semedo and a brace from Ollie Palmer saw the O’s respond brilliantly to being a goal down at the break, and helped ensure a first victory for Cavasin following his appointment earlier this month.
Speaking to leytonorient.com after the game, Cavasin expressed his delight in the character and attitude shown from his team.
“It feels very good to have got the win today and I am very satisfied for the chairman, the supporters who were amazing as always, and last but not least the players,” he said.
“They have managed to find the right state of mind this afternoon despite having suffered defeats in previous weeks.
“From the minute I arrived here the team have been ready to do anything that has been asked of them, showing they are true professionals by working hard each day.
“During the first 20 minutes of the first half we performed quite well and looked to have control of the match, though we didn’t manage to narrow it down and contain them when out of possession.”
Josh Laurent’s goal deep into first half stoppage time meant the O’s went into the break a goal down, and despite a scrappy opening first few minutes in the second half, Cavasin’s side took control of the game which left the 60-year-old delighted.
“We didn’t start off too well in the first five minutes of the second half, but after that found ourselves to be a lot more compact and responded excellently. We managed to find great finishes from both Sandro and Ollie who took their goals brilliantly, and we managed to see out the match convincingly,” said Cavasin.
“Ollie produced a great performance and when a striker scores and it will understandably stand out, but as a team each individual did what was asked of them today.”
Having registered his first victory as Orient boss, Cavasin admitted that the focus is now simply on Crewe Alexandra next Saturday at the Matchroom Stadium.
“We needed to make this leap and get that first victory under our belts as it been difficult for the club recently. When you find yourselves on a run without a victory it is not easy to find a turning point but hopefully we have managed to do that today,” he explained.
“There is still a lot of work to be done however and we have to remember this is just one game and cannot afford to get carried away. We now start again and look to follow up on this result next weekend at home to Crewe.”