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What we learned: AFC Fylde (A)

5 November 2018

A Josh Koroma-inspired Orient secured a valuable three points away at AFC Fylde on Saturday to keep the O's within a point of the summit.

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.


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