Leyton Orient forward Jordan Bowery shows he is composed on the pitch at Morecambe and off it too!
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Striker discusses his partnership with Paul McCallum and lauds performance of Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche
Jordan Bowery got a slice of luck with his winning goal at Morecambe, but the Leyton Orient forward deserved it in the end.
The 25-year-old had to hold his own at times on Saturday, especially in his running battle with Kevin Ellison, who was trying his best to wind up the ex-Aston Villa striker.
Morecambe’s experienced winger was grappling with Bowery at every opportunity on set-pieces and even after the match tried to poke some fun at the forward when he was conducting his post-match duties.
But the O’s match-winner stayed composed when Ellison walked past him and made a sheep noise as he was talking to the press.
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“It is always nice to get that goal and especially the winner. We could have got more, but we’ll take the 2-1 victory,” said Bowery.
“Morecambe’s goalkeeper Barry Roche was their man of the match. He made some great saves, especially in the second half.
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“We could have won by more, but I’ve got my first goal, so hopefully I can kick on now and get more.”
Bowery’s 55th-minute strike from just inside the area deflected off Shrimps defender Alex Whitmore.
It occurred after Liam Kelly had a long-range shot blocked and Paul McCallum’s follow-up was scuffed into his team-mate’s path.
Bowery was more than grateful to latch on to the shot and enjoy some fortune, adding: “Paul has scuffed the left-foot shot – which is what he always does with his weaker foot! – but it has fallen to me.
“I’ve tried to whip it into the bottom corner and it has taken a deflection, but I’ll take it.”
McCallum will probably claim an assist for the winner and why not? It was a scuffed shot, but it was great to watch Orient play with two men up front.
Boss Andy Hessenthaler had started the campaign with a 4-2-3-1 formation and while it has worked at times, having another forward on the pitch certainly helps.
Bowery and McCallum linked up on a number of occasions in the 3-1 win over Stevenage in the EFL Trophy last Tuesday too, and although it is early days, this looks to be a good partnership.
“In pre-season, me and Paul never really played much together, but I know what he is capable of,” said the former Oxford United forward. “He knows my strengths and we’ve been working well together so I like the partnership.
“We were playing a 4-4-2 but when we haven’t got the ball one of the strikers drops in so we’re solid and nobody can play through us - it is difficult for the opposition.”