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Leyton Orient player ratings: Signs of encouragement

08:30 18 October 2016

Leyton Orient midfielder Jans Jense dribbles forward with the ball against Luton Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient midfielder Jans Jense dribbles forward with the ball against Luton Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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George Sessions provides player ratings following the 2-1 defeat to Luton Town at Brisbane Road

Leyton Orient winger Gavin Massey knocks the ball forward against Luton Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient winger Gavin Massey knocks the ball forward against Luton Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient’s run without a win was extended on Saturday as they lost 2-1 at home to a strong Luton Town team in League Two.

While it was another defeat there were some signs of encouragement at Brisbane Road against the Bedfordshire club.

Ollie Palmer found the net and Alberto Cavasin’s side created more chances than in previous weeks, but they’ve not claimed a victory since September 3.

Alex Cisak (7) – The Australian produced some excellent saves including one double stop in the second half, which demonstrated his impressive reaction time.

Nicky Hunt (7) – Solid display from stand-in captain and went to close to scoring in the second half, but had an effort deflected wide.

Yvan Erichot (5) – French defender did really well for opening half an hour and then struggled. At fault badly for second goal, switched off after not realising Jack Marriott was behind him.

Tom Parkes (6) – Ex-Bristol Rovers skipper was given tough time by Marriott and Hylton, but battled on admirably and was improved from his poor showing against Portsmouth.

Leyton Orient defender Callum Kennedy runs past a Luton Town opponent (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient defender Callum Kennedy runs past a Luton Town opponent (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Callum Kennedy (6) – Struggled to link up with Sandro Semedo on the left, pair couldn’t make most of times they got on the ball.

Gavin Massey (6) – Winger is lacking confidence like a lot of the team, although did improve in second half and did well for Palmer’s goal.

Nigel Atangana (7.5) – Former Portsmouth man made a big difference in midfield and looked strong throughout with and without the ball. Shame he had to be replaced due to fatigue.

Jans Jense (5.5) – A couple of encouraging moments from the experienced player going forward, but he again didn’t do enough to influence midfield battle.

Sandro Semedo (6.5) – Youngster looked better than in recent weeks and put a couple of excellent balls into the box just needs to work on partnership with Kennedy as both failed to make the most of good positions on the left.

Jay Simpson (5.5) – Frustrating afternoon for forward and at fault for first goal – can’t be losing the ball that deep inside his half. Although tried his best to get O’s back on level terms, couldn’t take chances presented to him.

Ollie Palmer (6) – Ex-Mansfield Town striker found the net late in second half, but should have scored after just 13 minutes. It was a big moment and although he worked hard throughout, the wasted opportunity did come back to cost Orient and he struggled in the air.

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson has a shot against Luton Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson has a shot against Luton Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Substitutes:

Paul McCallum, for Simpson 68. (6.5) – Forward was unlucky not to start game, but did well when introduced and set up Palmer for equaliser. Always looks a threat.

Alan Dunne, for Atangana 75. (5) – Difficult time to be introduced and pace of the match saw him caught out on a few occasions.

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