Return of the King Kev as Orient thump Glovers
ORIENT cruised to their second successive victory with a 3-0 thumping of Yeovil on a freezing night at Huish Park. In-form Chris Dagnall gave Orient a first half lead before the returning super Kevin Lisbie grabbed a second and Dean Cox killed it late on.
Orient were boosted by the return of Lisbie who started his first game since August after dislocating his shoulder at Bristol City. He was partnered in attack by the in-form Chris Dagnall whilst David Mooney remained on the bench.
In defence Gary Sawyer returned in place of Andrea Dossena whilst Bradley Pritchard filled in for the injured Jobi McAnuff. Adam Legzdins meanwhile was missing with the shoulder injury sustained on Boxing Day meaning Gary Woods returned between the sticks.
It was bitterly cold at Huish Park with a frosty playing surface and Orient seemed to take to it better than the home side in the opening minutes. The Yeovil half of the pitch would have been thawing out fastest as Orient attacked well down the flanks though failed to carve out a clear-cut opening early on.
Skipper Scott Cuthbert caused problems as he stayed up from a Dean Cox free-kick and wanted a penalty when he appeared to be tugged down by Stephen Arthurworrey, whilst the Glovers defender though he had opened the scoring five minutes later when he pounced upon a knock-down from a free-kick but the flag was up early for offside.
The chance spurred the home side on who wok from their slumber as Ajay Leitch-Smith brought the best out of Woods midway through the half with a curling effort from distance.
Pritchard will feel he might have done better from a dangerous Sawyer cross just before the half hour mark but overall it was an opening period that threatened not to live long in the memory.
That soon changed though when Orient grabbed the lead. Pritchard made amends for his earlier miss with a wonderful deep, curling cross that Dagnall glanced past Jed Steer to raise the spirits of the freezing Orient fans behind the goal.
Yeovil didn’t offer a huge amount of quality going forwards though Thomas Eaves always is a handful and he tussled well with Cuthbert, yet there were growing boos and moans from the home fans as the half-time whistle blew.
They had a renewed vigour in the early exchanges of the second half an Arthurworrey would have been gutted not to equalise when he sliced over from a corner.
Orient almost sealed it though from an unlikely source when Sawyer slung a long throw into the box that skipped off the surface and head of Dagnall before being cleared off the line with the O’s forward adamant the ball had crossed the line.
The O’s were looking lethal on the break and were a whisker away again two minutes later when frt Cox saw a goal-bound shot blocked before Pritchard’s follow up was expertly saved by goalkeeper Steer.
They did not have to wait long for that second goal though as Romain Vincelot switched play magnificently which allowed Cox to cut in and hit a shot that Steer saved well before the returning Lisbie was on hand to poach the second from 12 yards.
The O’s looked comfortable after the second as Yeovil rarely threatened Woods in the Orient goal whilst the Orient midfield retained possession well.
Yeovil sub Ryan Inniss almost set up a grandstand finish but he was a whisker away from poking home a cross from the right with 10 minutes to go.
Any hopes of a comeback though were dashed when Cox grabbed his 50th Orient goal when substitute David Mooney did well to screw the ball back into the path of the O’s winger who bent a wonderful finish into the top corner from 18 yards.
There was still time for scholar Montel Agyemang to make his first team debut when Fabio Liverani gave Vincelot a late rest.
YEOVIL: Steer, Smith, Edwards (C), Hayter (Inniss 77), Ajay Leitch-Smith (Ralph 58), Foley (Berrett 77), Twumasi, Nugent, Gillett, Arthurworrey, Eaves
SUBS: Krysiak, Moloney, Brooks, Smith
ORIENT: Woods, Omozusi, Sawyer, Vincelot (Agyemang 90), Cuthbert (C), Cox, Lisbie (Mooney 64), Lowry, Wright (Lee 87), Pritchard, Dagnall
SUBS: Baudry, Grainger, Agyemang, Adeboyejo, Dossena
Goals: Dagnall 34, Lisbie 61, Cox 86
Ref: B Malone
Attendance: 4132 (217) thanks for your support