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Leyton Orient player ratings: Cheltenham Town show Danny Webb’s team the importance of being clinical

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 February 2017

Leyton Orient left-back Callum Kennedy has his penalty saved by Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Scott Brown (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient left-back Callum Kennedy has his penalty saved by Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Scott Brown (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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George Sessions provides player ratings following the 1-0 defeat at home to Cheltenham Town in League Two on Saturday

Leyton Orient's Gavin Massey looks to keep the ball from Cheltenham Town's Harry Pell (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient's Gavin Massey looks to keep the ball from Cheltenham Town's Harry Pell (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient were left cursing missed chances after suffering a 1-0 defeat to fellow relegation rivals Cheltenham Town at Brisbane Road on Saturday in League Two.

Carl Winchester scored the only goal of the game in the 21st minute, but O’s wasted opportunities before and after the opener to claim a point.

The best chance occurred when Orient were awarded a penalty in the 57th minute, but Callum Kennedy saw his effort saved by Scott Brown.

Sam Sargeant (7) – The 19-year-old could do very little about Winchester’s strike, but he produced some good saves, dealt with a few crosses impressively and handed some poor back passes well. Another solid showing.

Myles Judd (7.5) – Youngster did his best to get forward and support Josh Koroma and the duo did well in first half, but it was more of a struggle after the break. Nevertheless, right-back looked solid defensively.

Leyton Orient players show their disappointment after Cheltenham Town open the scoring at Brisbane Road (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient players show their disappointment after Cheltenham Town open the scoring at Brisbane Road (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Teddy Mezague (5.5) – French defender let the ball drop countless times and it put Orient under needless pressure while he also dithered in possession far too much, especially in O’s penalty area. He’s struggled in the last two games and I expect he’ll be dropped for the Stevenage match.

Tom Parkes (6) – I have a lot of admiration for Parkes because he must have been in a lot of pain due to his hip bruising, but battled on and tried his best before eventually being forced off at half time.

Callum Kennedy (6) – A day to forget for the left-back, but he actually delivered quite a few dangerous balls into the area throughout. He was desperate to take the spot-kick and his shot was heading for the bottom corner, but Scott Brown saved and it was crucial.

Josh Koroma (7) – Teenager was very bright in the first half and caused Cheltenham a number of problems but missed excellent chance from 12-yards and tired in the second half before being replaced.

Nigel Atangana (5.5) – In the first 45 he popped up in several good positions, but failed to take the chances he was presented and didn’t win his midfield battle. After the break, he faded badly and some of his passing was poor. I think it is time Sammy Moore gets a chance.

Leyton Orient midfielder Michael Collins looks to win the ball against Cheltenham Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient midfielder Michael Collins looks to win the ball against Cheltenham Town (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Michael Collins (6.5) – Experienced midfielder was doing the work of two in the second period, yet always tried to make things happen. He didn’t take up the chance to shoot on a few occasions, but very rarely gave the ball away and did well overall.

Sandro Semedo (6.5) – Winger looked better in his usual position, but failed to pick out his team-mates from crosses in open play, although some of his corner kicks were very threatening and tested Brown with a super effort late on.

Gavin Massey (6.5) – Frustrating afternoon for ex-Colchester United man, who failed to influence the match as much as he would have liked in the first half, although did test the Robins goalkeeper. He improved after the break and won O’s a penalty, but picked up his ninth booking of campaign, so is walking on a tightrope now.

Paul McCallum (6) – Captain for the day, but wasn’t at his best and could hardly get involved with his knee appearing to affect him. It looked like he wanted to take the penalty, however, although seemed he couldn’t convince Kennedy to let him have it.

Substitutes:

Leyton Orient's stand-in captain Paul McCallum is denied by Cheltenham Town's Scott Brown (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient's stand-in captain Paul McCallum is denied by Cheltenham Town's Scott Brown (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Michael Clark, for Parkes 46. (8) – A brilliant debut from the central defender, who slotted in with ease and looked strong in the air. When he had the ball at his feet, he was adept with both feet and produce some fine passes and one superb tackle on the right. I’d love to see him start again at Stevenage.

Sam Dalby, for Koroma 65. (6) – Youngster didn’t make much of an impression despite playing close to half an hour as Orient struggled to keep the ball and get him into the game.

Rowan Liburd, for McCallum 76.


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