Here are the five things we learned from yesterday’s match…
1. It’s never ‘Anuff!
O’s Skipper Jobi McAnuff made his professional debut in the 2001/02 season for Wimbledon, scoring his first goal in the 3-2 win over Rotherham and the consumate professional’s two goals at Harrogate Town marked the eighteenth consecutive season where he’s hit the net. What a record!
2. Bonne, Bonne, Bonne
The striker was the star of the 2017/18 season as he led the line brilliantly, scoring 25 goals in all competitions and while the goals this season have been shared around, and subsequently the acclaim, Bonne has continued to lead the line with the same vigour and energy and scored a brilliant opener for the O’s yesterday to claim his sixth of the season, putting him joint-second on the league’s leaderboard.
3. The sheets are spotless!
Dean Brill made his O’s debut in December last season, keeping nine clean sheets in the 2017/18 season and incredibly, the goalkeeper has marked an improvement in performances this campaign. The stopper made a number of key saves yesterday and kept his fifth clean sheet in eight matches. In fact, the keeper has only conceded once in the last six wins.
4. Versatility is the key
It is fair to say at times last season, the O’s failed to adapt to the different styles of play the National League brings yet have shown their versatility in the past week, playing brilliant, flowing football in the home win against Barnet before putting in a more physical and rugged performance against Harrogate Town, the centre-backs Marvin Ekpiteta and Josh Coulson in particular impressing.
5. What a start!
The 3-0 win yesterday meant the O’s reached a special milestone, equalling the Club’s best ever unbeaten start to the season – a record set in the 2013/14 season in League One. While Justin Edinburgh is under no illusions that “it’s just a start”, we are enjoying the run nonetheless!