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Edinburgh pleased with Orient’s game management during home win

PUBLISHED: 18:35 18 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:35 18 August 2018

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh gives the thumbs up to the supporters at Brisbane Road (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh gives the thumbs up to the supporters at Brisbane Road (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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The O’s secured a first victory in E10 this season, but may use the loan market soon, although David Mooney doesn’t seem likely to figure much

Justin Edinburgh was thrilled with Leyton Orient’s game management in the 1-0 win over Boreham Wood in the National League this afternoon.

A Macauley Bonne penalty in the 69th minute secured O’s all three points and made it back-to-back victories after Tuesday’s success at Maidstone United.

Wood had some chances, but Dean Brill only had to make one genuine top save and had a fairly easy afternoon otherwise.

“There is a huge desire at this football club to win every game we compete in, but we have no divine right to win every game,” Edinburgh said.

“We have seen another team come to us and give a good account of themselves and raise their game, but I felt my players, every single one of them and including the substitutes, were immense. It was the best we’ve played for a long time.”

Edinburgh continued: “I thought we were very good with the ball, without creating a lot of chances, but I felt we managed the game ever so well.

“That is what we are looking for. We saw spells of it against Maidstone, but for long periods today we were a real force with the ball and it allows us to be compact and restrict the opposition to very few chances.”

Orient lost Josh Coulson to injury during the game after he took a blow to the face which affected his vision and George Elokobi is set to miss the next couple of months with a hamstring injury.

It saw the O’s end the game with a young back four of Myles Judd, Dan Happe and Marvin Ekpiteta alongside the more experienced Joe Widdowson.

The Orient boss has no plans to bring anyone in to strengthen the defence, however, but may look at the loan market for an attacking option.

James Brophy is set for a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and Edinburgh is tempted to look for another attacker.

He added: “We will have to assess the loan market, but not defensively at the minute because whoever would come in would be a long way off getting in.

“Dan come in today and was mature in his performance, Marvin has again been outstanding and Josh is just a bit of blurred vision, so that’s fine.

“Maybe I will look at the loan market in the front area because if we had lost Josh (Koroma) to injury today we would have had to put Matt Harrold on the bench.

“As much as he is fit and ready to go, he is short of match fitness, so we might look in that area to strengthen the squad.”

What that means for David Mooney remains to be seen, but Edinburgh did confirm the forward is unlikely to figure much this season with Bonne, Koroma, James Alabi and Harrold all in front of him.

“David is a part of the team,” said the O’s head coach. “In terms of if he is a part of my plans? I think it is unlikely David will figure, but while he is contracted to the football club I will always have the option to use him if needed.”

After this afternoon’s win, Orient are ninth in the table on nine points from five games and still unbeaten in the National League this season.


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