Leyton Orient beaten in first League Two game at Brisbane Road after lacklustre display against Newport County
PUBLISHED: 16:58 13 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:31 13 August 2016
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Sky Bet League Two: Leyton Orient 0 Newport County 1
Leyton Orient suffered a shock defeat to Newport County in their first League Two home match of the season at Brisbane Road.
Andy Hessenthaler’s side struggled to create chances throughout and it was no surprise when they conceded in the 34th minute.
Jamie Turley punished some poor defending and the Welsh outfit defended excellently to hand O’s a first loss of the league campaign.
The big news before the game was the inclusion of Dean Cox and Paul McCallum from the off at Brisbane Road.
After impressing off the bench against Fulham on Tuesday night, both were handed starts at home to the Exiles.
It was the first time McCallum was starting a league game since September 19, meanwhile Cox was starting his first competitive fixture since November 7.
Tom Parkes recovered from dislocating his shoulder at Cheltenham Town last weekend while Alex Cisak was back in goal.
Jordan Bowery was on the bench alongside Harry Cornick – both started at Whaddon Road on Saturday, but had to settle for a place among the substitutes this time.
Again Jay Simpson wasn’t involved in the squad with his potential switch to Southend United beginning to become a drawn-out process.
Newport got the match underway, but it was O’s who made the fast start and created opportunity from the off.
With just three minutes played Liam Kelly brought the ball forward, found Cox and he passed into Gavin Massey.
The right midfielder looked to pick out McCallum at the back post, but Newport’s Darren Jones cleared.
Only four minutes later and the visitors showed they weren’t going to be a pushover in east London.
Semedo tried to deal with a long ball and Sean Rigg tackled him close to the O’s corner flag.
County’s forward dribbled into the box and let fly, but it sailed wide of Cisak and it remained goalless.
The away side took confidence from that opportunity and in the 10th minute caused panic in the Orient box.
Jennison Myrie-Williams did well on the left and crossed in, Yvan Erichot blocked well, but Rigg was fastest to the loose ball and lashed over the crossbar.
It was another warning to Hessenthaler’s team, but they responded themselves less than 60 seconds later.
Massey showed wonderful close control near the touchline, turned and raced past two Newport players.
The ex-Colchester United winger passed into Ollie Palmer and he turned, but Joe Day saved his effort from 10-yards.
Again the Welsh outfit showed their intent with the lively Myrie-Williams crossing in for Marlon Jackson.
Jackson handled the cross, with Alex Cisak in close attention, and referee Michael Salisbury alert and on hand to award the hosts a free kick.
Orient’s back four were looking shaky and Erichot fouled Jackson close to the corner flag with quarter of an hour played.
Mark Randall’s centre was punched clear by Cisak and Jordan Green went past Cox before firing over.
It wasn’t the start the east Londoners had hoped for, although O’s number seven did nearly give the fans something to cheer about in the 18th minute.
Day’s clearance was poor and Weir won the ball in midfield, it rolled to Cox, near the halfway line, and he tried his luck, but his effort sailed over the crossbar.
The game was littered with several fouls for the next 10 minutes and plenty of them from Orient.
Hessenthaler’s men were struggling to get a foothold on the ball and Newport took full advantage.
Firstly Erichot misjudged a long ball and needlessly gave away a corner to the Welsh outfit.
Randall’s set piece was flicked on by Jackson and Turley tapped in at the back post with 34 minutes played.
It was poor marking by O’s and even worst defending, but nothing more than County deserved.
Although Orient had a couple of long range efforts by Weir and Cox afterwards, Day remained until troubled in the away goal.
McCallum did win a free kick in a great position two minutes before the end of the half on the edge of the area.
Cox stepped up and lashed his shot into wall before teeing up Massey, but he took too long to let fly and Newport cleared.
One minute of additional time was added on at the end of the half, but predictably the hosts could do little with it and were trailing at the break.
Despite a lacklustre first 45, Hessenthaler didn’t make any changes at the interval and it appeared to work.
Massey had a cross flicked away for a corner in the opening 60 seconds and Cox went over to take it.
His delivery was met by Robbie Weir and Kelly controlled, around six-yards-out, and was brought down by Dan Butler.
Referee Salisbury waved play on and O’s pushed a minute as well when Palmer had a shot blocked by Jones.
The big forward did brilliantly in the 53rd minute when he showed great strength to outmuscle Scot Bennett.
Palmer got to the byline and cut the ball back for Kelly, but Turley made a sensational block before McCallum fouled Day.
Hessenthaler made his first change on the hour mark with Bowery coming on to replace McCallum.
A poor pass by Kelly allowed Newport to attack again in the 63rd minute as Rigg ran towards goal.
The O’s midfielder got back well to make an excellent tackle before Jackson fired way over.
Orient’s next change was to bring on Cornick and Nigel Atangana with Weir and Cox the men to make way.
Massey switched sides to the right, with Cornick on the left and Atangana partnered Kelly in the middle.
Immediately the French midfielder was into the action, linked up with Massey well before having an effort deflected wide.
Clohessy then set up Cornick nicely, the winger raced into the box, but Day saved well with his feet.
County broke immediately and a long ball forward wasn’t dealt with by Erichot and fortunately Jackson could only curl over.
Another chance was created in the 81st minute when Bowery met Cornick’s corner, Day saved and the rebound was headed over by Palmer.
Time was running out at Brisbane Road, although the Orient supporters were trying to stay patient.
With six minutes remaining, Hessenthaler’s team produced a wonderful opportunity to get back on level terms.
Atangana won the ball in midfield and found Semedo, he cut inside and floated in a superb cross.
Palmer met the delivery and despite having all the time in the world, headed well wide from six-yards.
A minute later and Kelly picked out Cornick’s excellent run, but Butler tracked the run and blocked the effort of the AFC Bournemouth man.
Orient pushed again and this time it was Kelly in the shooting position, but he fizzed wide from the edge of the box.
Fives minutes of additional time was added on and the tension was building massively now among the crowd.
The O’s weren’t able to create another chance of note, however, and fell to back-to-back defeats.
Some supporters booed at full time and Hessenthaler will hope to pick his team up for the visit of Stevenage on Tuesday.
Leyton Orient: Cisak, Clohessy, Erichot, Parkes, Semedo, Massey, Kelly, Weir (Cornick 72), Cox (Atangana 72), McCallum (Bowery 60), Palmer.
Unused substitutes: Sargeant, Kennedy, Hunt, Gnanduillet.
Newport County: Day, Turley, Jones, Bennett, Butler, Green (Barnum-Bobb 63), Randall (Owens-Evans 86), Labadie, Myrie-Williams (Tozer 65) Rigg, Jackson.
Unused substitutes: Bittner, Bignot, Sheehan.
Attendance: 4,184 (306 Newport County supporters).