Search

Edinburgh pleased with victory and reaction to leveller

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 March 2019

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh on the touchline (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh on the touchline (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

The O’s kept pace with their promotion rivals by triumphing 2-1 away to Havant & Waterlooville last weekend

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh was happy to see his players respond well to conceding at Havant & Waterlooville during Saturday’s National League win.

The O’s secured a 2-1 victory despite the Hawks equalising in the 67th minute at West Leigh Park.

Jordan Maguire-Drew’s stunner handed the east Londoners a half-time lead, but Alfie Rutherford produced an equally exceptional strike to make it 1-1.

Orient were not about to drop points in the division again, though, as Josh Coulson’s header seven minutes later handed the away side a vital three points.

“We needed to get back to winning ways in the league and this is a tough place to come to and it was a hard-fought win, so it was a valuable three points and one we are delighted with,” Edinburgh told BBC Radio London.

“I was disappointed we didn’t go on and get the second goal before they equalised. It was a bit of a sucker-punch.

“We started to slightly drop deeper and deeper and too many gaps opened up between the back three and midfield and when that happens, anything can happen.

“The equaliser was probably as good as Jordan’s strike, so it was disappointing, but credit to the players for responding and getting the winning goal.”

O’s nearly went ahead early on in Hampshire, but Sam Ling was denied after a superb Joe Widdowson cross.

In a 3-4-1-2 formation, Orient got plenty of joy out wide in the opening exchanges and took a deserved lead in the 35th minute when Maguire-Drew tried his luck from 30-yards and audaciously lobbed Ben Dudzinski.

Marvin Ekpiteta nearly doubled the lead on the hour mark, but he hit the crossbar with a sliced volley and then the Hawks levelled.

Rutherford’s initial effort was blocked by Coulson, yet he smashed the rebound first-time and it flew past Dean Brill into the top corner with 67 on the clock.

Havant’s joy was shortlived, however, as minutes after Maguire-Drew had struck the crossbar, O’s went ahead again.

Ling’s throw managed to beat the man at the near post and Coulson flicked it on with enough loop and power to beat Dudzinski.

Orient now had to hold on for the final 16 minutes and they just about did, yet only after Joe Quigley had fired over and Ling had blocked a stoppage-time effort on the line before Brill was able to gather the loose ball.

By hook or crook, Edinburgh’s men had got over the line in a league game on the road and this should boost them ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Barrow.

The O’s know another away victory would see them leapfrog Solihull Moors and put some pressure on Wrexham ahead of the Dragons visit to E10 on Saturday.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Related articles

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 19:31

Zak Crawley stepped up with the highest score of his short Test career as England established a hard-fought lead in the first Test but a late surge from the West Indies bowlers left the tourists sensing a day five victory at the Ageas Bowl.

Yesterday, 17:00

West Ham United boss David Moyes says they can use previous relegation battle experiences to drive them on ahead of clash with Norwich City.

Yesterday, 15:39

West Ham’s Michail Antonio put his impressive goalscoring down to manager David Moyes, following a morale-boosting 4-0 win at Premier League basement boys Norwich.

Yesterday, 14:46

Michail Antonio netted all four goals as West Ham moved six points clear of the relegation zone and sent Norwich back to the Championship.

Yesterday, 12:00

Golf, like most sports, has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic this year.

Yesterday, 09:30

West Ham United manager David Moyes insists midfielder Mark Noble will be always play a vital part despite losing his place after picking up a hamstring injury.

Yesterday, 09:00

With more grassroots sport now getting the green light to return to action, we take a look back at some of the recent happenings at the elite level.

Yesterday, 07:00

West Ham United manager David Moyes says his players know exactly what is at stake as they head into a vital clash against fellow Premier League strugglers Norwich City.

PROMOTED CONTENT

People across the country are being encouraged to enjoy summer safely by following official advice and staying safe.

The NHS Test and Trace service brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management into an end-to-end service to stop the spread of the virus and help us move out of lockdown.

The UK Government has launched a campaign to shine a light on businesses and employees across the country who have responded to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in remarkable ways and are now going back to business.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser