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Orient boss happy with win and warns off interest in Bonne

PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 December 2018

Macauley Bonne scores to put Leyton Orient 2-0 up against Gateshead after great work by James Alabi (right) (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Macauley Bonne scores to put Leyton Orient 2-0 up against Gateshead after great work by James Alabi (right) (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The 48-year-old discussed the 4-0 victory over Beaconsfield Town and the future of top goalscorer Macauley Bonne

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh was happy with the performance of his team after they progressed into the first round of the FA Trophy with a 4-0 victory at home to Beaconsfield Town.

Goals from George Elokobi, James Brophy, Craig Clay and Dale Gorman earned the O’s a routine victory over the Southern League Premier Division South club.

Orient’s top goalscorer Macauley Bonne was not required off the substitutes bench in a week where talk surrounding his future has intensified with several clubs higher up the football pyramid linked with the 23-year-old.

But boss Edinburgh said: “It is speculation. We have heard nothing as a club and that’s an honest answer.

“Do I expect interest? Possibly and am I surprised? No, because we are top of the league and we have some fantastic young players who will catch peoples eye.

“We are looking to strengthen rather than let people go and I don’t see us as a selling club.

“I am not silly enough to sit here and say he won’t go and no one will because at the end of the day every player has a price no matter what player it is at whatever level, but I would expect that no one will leave the club.”

On the victory, which sent the National League leaders into the second round of the competition, Edinburgh added: “From the outside we were expected to win, but I thought the attitude and application of the players was first class. I was delighted with the result and the performance.

“I thought ‘Brophs’ was a threat and we will require ‘Brophys’ and certainly as the game wore on he got better and better.

“We are pleased with him and there were a lot of positives like Matt Harrold and James Alabi getting good minutes.

“Young Ruel Sotiriou came on and looked lively as well, so I was pleased with all the performances.”

Left-back Jayden Sweeney also impressed on his debut for the club while Dan Happe looked class at the back.

All in all it was a good day for Orient, despite a subdued first half and the terrible wet conditions in east London.

Many expected Charlie Lee to feature and return from the knee injury he suffered in the 3-1 win at AFC Fylde on November 3, but again he was not part of the squad.

Edinburgh allayed any fears about the influential midfielder, however, and insisted he will most likely be in the mix for the visit of Chesterfield on December 22.

He added: “We are confident Charlie will be okay and with another good week of training he should be ready for the weekend.”

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