Leyton Orient player ratings: Solid defensive showing provides positive
PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 November 2016
George Sessions provides player ratings following the 1-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion in Southern Group G of the English Football League Trophy
On paper it was another defeat, Alberto Cavasin’s sixth since taking charge of Leyton Orient on October 2, but dig deeper and there were encouraging signs.
Richie Towell scored the only goal of the game and the winner for Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s in Southern Group G of the EFL Trophy.
The O’s finished bottom of the table as a result, but the encounter at Falmer Stadium provided an opportunity to several youngsters and not one let the club down.
Alex Cisak (7) – Not a great deal for the Australian to do and slightly unlucky with goal, but commanded back four well and spoke throughout.
Jens Janse (6) – Better display from full-back before he was forced off with what appear a dislocated shoulder after delivering one excellent cross.
Alan Dunne (7) – Ex-Millwall captain wore the armband for O’s in the second half and his leadership shone through at Brighton. Always talking and urging on the young players and performed well.
Aron Pollock (8) – 18-year-old hasn’t had easiest start to season, but looked back to his best at Falmer Stadium. Won almost every battle up against Elvis Manu and this should give him a lot of confidence.
Callum Kennedy (7) – Steady showing from former AFC Wimbledon man and delivered some excellent set-pieces into the area, although a few were poor.
Josh Koroma (7) – Academy star took a while to get going at Brighton, but was a constant threat in second half and unlucky not to force equaliser with low effort before setting up Victor Adeboyejo for great chance.
Michael Collins (7.5) – Busy display by most recent recruit and constantly trying to get on the ball and get Orient moving forward. Encouraging to hear his continuous support for youngsters and deserves a start on Saturday.
Zan Benedicic (4) – Terrible night for ex-AC Milan and Leeds United midfielder. He gave possession away numerous times, misplaced so many passes and was at fault for the goal. Improved marginally after the break.
Sandro Semedo (7) – In complete contrast to Koroma, the 19-year-old began game really brightly and was excellent in first 45, but faded after half time.
Jay Simpson (5.5) – Captain for the evening and failed to perform. Struggled to get into contest and was disposed quite a few times before being replaced at the break.
Paul McCallum (6.5) – Not a lot of service for the former West Ham United striker, yet had shot deflected over in first 45 and headed wide in second period. Movement is second to none.
Victor Adeboyejo, for Simpson 46. (6.5) – Plenty of heart and endeavour from the youngster and it enabled him to get one big chance. Unfortunately he put it wide, but it was a positive cameo display.
Myles Judd, for Janse 53. (8) – A brilliant second appearance for Orient and had Kazenga Lualua in his back pocket. Right-back looked so assured and got forward with real purpose whenever he could.
Henry Ochieng, for Benedicic 81. Too late to earn a fair rating, yet was busy in centre of midfield and played a couple of intelligent passes.
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