Manager Alberto Cavasin praised with the quality shown by his side following the O’s 3-0 victory at Colchester United.
Jay Simpson’s first goals of the season either side of Nicky Hunt’s maiden strike for the club ensured a much-needed victory to get Orient back to winning ways, and the Italian labelled it as a fantastic team performance.
“It was a victory for the whole team,” Cavasin told leytonorient.com.
“They have earned the win today with a very compact performance. When you win 3-0 there will always be good quality on show out on the pitch and the team deserve credit for their efforts.
“It was fundamental that we came way from today with something and the team demonstrated this afternoon how much they wanted the victory.”
“Prior to the match I spoke about wanting to see desire from the players and I am pleased that was on show throughout this afternoon, they helped each other throughout the game and we found a team spirit which found everyone wanting to do more for each other.”
For the trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium the O’s opted for a change in formation by reverting to a 4-4-2 diamond, and Cavasin was delighted to see talisman Simpson open his account for the season.
“We used a different formation today as the objective was to support the two strikers more. It worked well and we managed to provide the strikers with a good amount of service whilst also playing the ball into the channels when required in both the first and second half.
“We knew that we needed to support the strikers more than we have done in previous matches and for Jay to score two goals the way he did today is very important, though as a whole the team put in a fantastic level of performance today.”
Having gone into the break a goal to the good thanks to Simpson’s 12th minute strike, the 60-year-old also expressed his delight at grabbing a goal so soon after the restart thanks to arguably the rarest of scorers Nicky Hunt – his first for the club.
“We started the beginning of the second half very well and our aggressiveness allowed us to get the second goal. It was an amazing goal from Nicky and also a very important one for us,” he added.
“Getting that second goal gave us more comfort and allowed us to control the game even more, before Jay scored his second goal which was a moment of real class.”
The victory lifts Orient out of the relegation zone and up to 19th in League Two, and Cavasin was keen to stress the importance of building on the clean sheet despite being frustrated at the number of chances Colchester were able to make.
“Getting the clean sheet also was very important for us but I still feel we allowed our opponents to create too many chances.
“It was crucial that we didn’t concede a goal and having kept the clean sheet today it is now something we have to get used to.”
Over 1,100 Orient fans made the trip to Essex and the O’s boss was full of praise for the travelling contingent whilst expressing his gratitude for their level of support which he is keen to repay.
“The level of support was amazing and with such a large number of fans making the journey it felt as though we were the home team.
“For us it was very important to see so many of them during the warm-up before the game and hearing their applause was something special which I believe charged us up even more ahead of kick-off,” Cavasin explained.
“We know we have certainly had some disappointing moments this season and although today is a day of satisfaction we have seven months ahead of us to give the fans what they deserve, and this starts next Saturday at home to Blackpool.
“We need to make the fans happy because up to now we have not been able to do so, and that is ultimately our main objective. We have spoken about this a number of times in the changing room as a group and we have to make sure we build on today’s victory.”