Here’s the five things we learned…
1. Clinical O’s
One of the few complaints labelled against Orient in recent times is a lack of a clinical touch but Justin Edinburgh’s men took their chances when it mattered on Saturday against the league’s best defence. The O’s only had a handful of goalscoring opportunities on Saturday yet scored three with goals coming at key times too – early on, just before half-time and just after the break.
2. Dynamic Duo
AFC Fylde had only conceded seven goals all season before Saturday’s match but their attacking, possession-based style left gaps for the O’s to exploit and the front-two in particular of Koroma and Bonne linked up excellently. Their work-rate, pace and quality would be difficult for anyone to face!
3. Versatile Clay
The O’s were forced into a selection dillemma when Myles Judd picked up his fifth yellow card of the season and Sam Ling failed to recover in time meaning Edinburgh had no recognised right-back to select from. In came Craig Clay! The central-midfielder, who has deservedly earned plaudits this season, performed admirably in the unfamiliar position while Dale Gorman was assured in Clay’s space.
4. Edinburgh’s impact
The O’s Head Coach talked about a conversation he had with Josh Koroma during the week, stating “Myself and him had spoken during the week, I thought he just needed to be a little bit more ruthless, be a bit more positive.”
The forward clearly took that on board and rewarded his Head Coach with a Man of the Match performance and two excellent goals!
5. Another Record equalled
In a record-breaking season, the O’s equalled another one on Saturday as they went their 10th game unbeaten away from home. The record was set in 2005/06 and the O’s will have the chance to break in on November 24 when they visit current league-leaders Wrexham.