Leyton Orient head coach Steve Davis delighted with Macauley Bonne's work rate during Solihull Moors win
PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:00 09 August 2017
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O's produced a strong showing to claim their first points of the season and give their boss a boost ahead of his one month anniversary in charge
Steve Davis heaped praise on Leyton Orient forward Macauley Bonne despite the striker failing to find the net during last night’s 3-1 National League victory over Solihull Moors.
The 21-year-old was outstanding at Brisbane Road, holding the ball up impressively and causing the visitors back four all types of problems.
Bonne hit the post in the first half and lobbed wide when well place, but his overall contribution was fantastic.
Davis said: “He was excellent and worked hard. We know what he can do in terms of his work rate.
“I thought his best chance came in the first half when the goalkeeper was off his line and he should have lobbed it in.
“They are the goals he needs to take and he knows that, but if he keeps getting in those positions he’ll score more times than he misses. He was exemplary in the work rate the team showed.”
Charlie Lee opened the scoring after 21 minutes when he diverted Jobi McAnuff’s corner past Connal Trueman.
Orient had to wait until two minutes into the second half to double their advantage, but it was worth the wait.
George Elokobi fizzed the ball into Bonne’s path and he held it up well despite being under pressure from a Solihull defender.
Bonne passed out wide to Jake Caprice and the full-back attacked his opponent before picking out David Mooney, who superbly guided into the corner.
“It was a great bit of play by ‘Macca’ for the second and it was a top drawer goal. It was a great take from George’s pass and that’s what he has got to do,” said Davis.
“He is in the team to keep the ball up there for us and if he can do that we’ll create things in the final third. I have only seen him in two games, so I am still learning about him.”
Solihull Moors pulled one back 13 minutes from time when Afolayan Oladapo beat Charlie Grainger from a tight angle.
It was against the run of play, but Elokobi settled any nerves by forcing the ball in following a Bonne flick after a James Dayton corner less than 60 seconds later.
Orient could have won by more, but Davis wasn’t complaining and was just thrilled to get a first victory as head coach.
On Thursday the ex-Crewe Alexandra manager will celebrate a whole month in charge and while he has loved it so far, he insists there is plenty more work to do.
Davis added: “It has flown by! It feels like about five months, but I have enjoyed every minute of it and you enjoy it more when you win games.
“For me it is a huge challenge to get the club back to where we want to be and we all want to enjoy the journey.
“The important thing is to get the team playing how I want it to play and that will take time and is a work in progress given the amount of footballers we’ve brought into the club.
“I would say ‘be patient and enjoy the win against Solihull because the next game may be more difficult,’ but we showed good signs I thought.”
After a poor showing at Sutton United on Saturday, O’s bounced back impressively and will look to continue that this weekend at home to Maidstone United.