Here’s what we learned…
Some of the football at times yesterday was as good as we’ve seen it, the fourth goal being a particular highlight. After a patient build up play, Macauley Bonne picked up the ball and flicked it through a defenders legs to Craig Clay who returned it to the Zimbabwean via gap between the legs of another defender for the forward to slam home.
2. Running Myles
This team works hard and that effort was personified in the performance of Myles Judd yesterday. The suspension of Joe Widdowson saw the return of Sam Ling, who was excellent at right-back, but left Myles Judd covering the unfamilar position of left-back and his tenacious performance earned him plenty of praise. The ability of this squad to cover and perform in other positions is a real asset.
3. There. Is. Always. A. Response.
The O’s under Justin Edinburgh have been typified by a doggedness and resilience that has meant they’ve only lost two games in a row on one occasion, and never in the league. Having lost the FA Cup match to Maidstone United last week, his side responded fantastically by hitting four goals at home and returning to the summit of the National League.
4. Crucial Clay
It is fair to say that Craig Clay divided supporter opinion during his first season at the Club but he’s shown himself to be one of the O’s most important players this campaign. The midfielder works hard, defends on the front foot, breaks up play and drives the team forward. His performance against Havant & Waterlooville earned him the plaudits, proving why Head Coach Justin Edinburgh once stated he was one of the first names on the team sheet.
5. History Matters
Leyton Orient has always been very proud of it’s history, especially it’s role in World War One. Yesterday marked the release of the commemorative fourth kit, which has sold so well that CEO Danny Macklin tweeted that he will update regarding delivery schedule. We also saw the cast of the Greater Game be introduced to the crowd prior to kick-off, making yesterday a real celebration of Leyton Orient’s famous past.