Steve Davis lauds Leyton Orient squad after more home comforts in the National League
PUBLISHED: 18:38 02 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:38 02 September 2017
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Experienced manager thrilled with 4-1 success over Guiseley and reveals the latest regarding Sam Dalby after his recent spell training with Crystal Palace
Steve Davis congratulated his Leyton Orient players after another victory earlier today and lauded their effort since he arrived at the club on July 10.
A hat-trick from Macauley Bonne helped see off Guiseley 4-1 at Brisbane Road with new signing Matt Harrold also on target.
It moves O’s up to second in the National League table after eight games and Davis is chuffed with his new-look squad.
He said: “From the minute I came here up to now the players have worked very hard to make everything work.
“It is a really good group and everyone understands each other and you could see little things on the pitch sometimes don’t quite go right.
“A couple of times it happened today, but that is basically just knowing the player you are playing with and that will come in time.
“I am absolutely delighted with the way it is going at the moment with the team and we just need to keep trying to improve and I sure we can.”
Bonne was the star of the show, although there were a number of good individual displays from Orient players against the Lions.
Kayode Odejayi threatened to spoil the party in east London initially when he volleyed home in the 36th minute after Guiseley had weather O’s early storm.
But David Mooney won two penalties in quick succession before half time and Bonne dispatched both wonderfully into the same corner of the net.
O’s then started the second period strongly and Harrold powered in a header from a Joe Widdowson cross before Orient’s number nine bagged his hat-trick with a low finish eight minutes from time.
Davis added: “We knew he took penalties well, but ‘Moons’ scores them in training, so once he missed against Eastleigh he handed it to ‘Macca’ and he dispatched it very well.
“Going in the same place takes some guts because sometimes they like to change, but he hit them well and right into the corner.”
It was an excellent afternoon in the end for Orient with Davis seeing two of his forwards score in the shape of Bonne and Harrold.
Mooney also played his part while young Josh Koroma again looked lively off the bench despite only playing six minutes against Guiseley.
Another forward in O’s ranks is the supremely talented Sam Dalby, who spent time with Premier League side Crystal Palace last month.
The 17-year-old scored for the Eagles under-18s on Saturday August 26 and also featured off the bench for their under-23 team.
But Davis revealed: “Sam is back with us and I spoke to him yesterday and had a good chat with him in the office.
“He is a player I haven’t seen a lot of, but I want him around the club and he has huge potential as well.
“We do have to remember he is only 17. He has had an opportunity at Crystal Palace and enjoyed it.
“He has now come back and better for it as Martin (Ling) said and now he will work hard and get his head down to try and be part of the squad.
“I want him to be part of the squad and have told him that and I like him. I have told him how good I think he is.
“He knows my feelings, so we will welcome him back and work with him just as much as we’ll work with the others.”