Orient boss Alberto Cavasin praised the performance of the O’s youngsters in the 1-0 Checkatrade Trophy loss to Brighton & Hove Albion under-21s last night.
Richie Towell’s first half strike proved the difference between the two sides and despite the defeat leading to the O’s exit from the competition, there were a number of positives for Cavasin to take from the game.
“The performance was positive, especially in the second half,” he told leytonorient.com.
“We created good chances and our build-up play was solid. We forced our opponents on to the back foot for large parts of the game.
“We controlled the game for large periods as well, and the second half as a whole was good. If we would have picked up the win there would have been even more positives.”
Academy products Aron Pollock and Josh Koroma impressed after being handed starts, while Cavasin named a substitutes bench where all seven had progressed through the club’s academy.
It was their performances which impressed the Italian the most on the night, and now believes they can play a part throughout the remainder of the O’s League Two campaign.
“All the youngsters that I put in at the start of the match, and those that came off the bench all produced an excellent performance,” he remarked.
“This was a real positive for us and I am aware our academy is full of talent. Tonight the players that played showed that and I feel they can play a part for us going forward this season.”
The 60-year-old was also pleased with the reaction from the players following Sunday’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Sheffield United, adding: “I expected a reaction from the players and that is what I got. The second half of tonight’s game will hopefully be an important step in our progress.
“The group knows what we need to do and we have to transfer that on to the pitch. If we can do that then the positive results will start to come.”
The only disappointment for Cavasin on the night was the manner in which his side conceded the goal as the Seagulls pounced on an O’s mistake.
“I am disappointed with the goal we conceded,” he said. “We lost a simple ball in midfield and though it looked as though we had recovered the situation, the goal arrived with Aron out of action.
“Disappointingly it was a chance that we created for them, rather than through Brighton’s good play.”