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What we learned: Maidenhead United (A)

7 October 2018

The O's returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Maidenhead United on Saturday, with first-half goals by Macauley Bonne and James Alabi enough to clinch three points.

Here's the five things we learned...

1. Bouncebackability

The O's have never lost two games in a row under Justin Edinburgh and that didn't change yesterday. It was important to respond to the side's first defeat of the season last week and an emphatic 20 minutes in the first half did just that for the O's.

2. Super sub - or not!

James Alabi has started developing a reputation for his excellent substitute appearances recently but when Josh Koroma picked up a knee injury midweek, it was up to Alabi to prove that he can make an impact when starting and the forward was a constant menace for the Maidenhead defence and capped his performance off with a well-taken goal.

3. Bonne, Bonne, Bonne

This is cheating a little bit as this is nothing new, but Macauley Bonne is showing his worth as one of the best strikers at this level. He worked hard off-the-ball, involving himself in the defensive effort, and is a presence going forward and took his goal, nearly identical to the goal he scored at York Road last season, well.

4. Setting for lovely goals

The O's visit to York Road last season saw one of the best assists of the season - a James Dayton dragback working some space to cross to Bonne's head - while yesterday saw two well worked goals with McAnuff right at the centre of it, a brilliant run allowing him to find Bonne to direct home while his clever touch into Alabi's path gave him the chance to double the lead.

5. Play as a Team

Justin Edinburgh was critical of the side for having too many players below par last week against Sutton, but his side have responded typically and showed that this is a team unit to be proud of. The Man of the Match poll saw all four players seperated by just nine percent, while other players could have easily been considered. The team worked for each other.


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