Leyton Orient player ratings against Notts County: A lot of effort, but no reward
PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 February 2017
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George Sessions provides player ratings following the 3-2 defeat at home to Notts County in League Two on Saturday
Leyton Orient once again showed a tremendous amount of fight and effort at the weekend against fellow League Two strugglers Notts County, but an 84th minute goal for the visitors handed them all three points at Brisbane Road.
Jorge Grant and Jon Stead put the Magpies two up in E10, but Danny Webb’s team fought back to level through Paul McCallum and Teddy Mezague.
There only seemed like being one winner at 2-2, but O’s makeshift defence couldn’t stop Stead firing home the winner with six minutes left.
Sam Sargeant (6.5) – The talented teenager was impressive for most of the game, but will see the second goal as a learning curve. In hindsight he may have tried to punch the ball clear, rather than grab it like he did. Other than the second, the 19-year-old looked good and got O’s on the front foot with plenty of quick thinking.
Myles Judd (7.5) – Young right-back was at fault for the second, but played his part in McCallum’s goal with a fine run and drag flick. He continues to improve going forward and is becoming more aware at the back with every passing game.
Teddy Mezague (7) – A cracking finish from the central defender for his first ever Orient goal, but he would have been disappointed with his part in County’s opener and winner. Other than those small errors which contributed to the away side finding the net, he did fairly well.
Tom Parkes N/A – Former Bristol Rovers skipper only lasted five minutes before being forced off with what seemed a fractured pelvis. It was a big blow for Orient and fingers crossed his injury isn’t as bad as first feared.
Callum Kennedy (7) – The ex-AFC Wimbledon left-back only passed a fitness test on the morning of the game and yet battled on throughout despite being played out of position for 80 minutes. He let the ball bounce for the opener, but showed plenty of heart and determination against two good forwards.
Josh Koroma (7.5) – An impressive showing from the 18-year-old who produced some sensational skills, especially during the first half. He is the type of player who gets fans off their feet and delivered some excellent crosses – including one which contributed to McCallum’s goal.
Nigel Atangana (7.5) – French midfielder looked back to his best at times on Saturday and brought the ball forward well while was unlucky not to score with an excellent header, but tired towards the end and should have done better for the winner.
Michael Collins (7) – Ex-Oxford United captain has a great engine and although he couldn’t influence the game as he would have liked, he continued to provide an option and get on the ball throughout.
Sandro Semedo (7) – After the highs of Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday, the Portuguese ace had to drop to left-back early on Saturday and still got forward well, but looks much better on the wing. Solid effort against the Magpies.
Gavin Massey (7.5) – Plenty of effort from the in-form attacker and when he was on the ball he looked magnificent, but County did a good job of cutting out the supply line to former Colchester United winger. Nevertheless, he went close to scoring on a couple of occasions.
Paul McCallum (7) – Made captain for the afternoon and lead by example as he did his best to hold the ball up and not get involved in disagreements with the referee. He was in the right place to get O’s back in the game and battled on throughout despite some problems with his knee.
Sam Dalby, for Parkes 10. (7) – Young forward was up against a very experienced central defender in Richard Duffy and really came of age. He battled brilliantly and took the whacks that came his way, yet carried on trying to get on the ball and cause some damage. Encouraging showing from the teen.
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