Leyton Orient player ratings: That's more like it as Gavin Massey nets brace and Dean Cox scores a header to beat Stevenage
PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 August 2016
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George Sessions provides player ratings following the 3-0 victory over Stevenage at Brisbane Road
Leyton Orient earned an opening win of the new season at home to Stevenage after an impressive team display.
Gavin Massey scored twice, once in each half, while Dean Cox scored a wonderful header from the edge of the box.
But it truly was all about the team as every individual stood up and was counted at Brisbane Road.
With Jay Simpson playing 74 minutes and Alex Cisak keeping a clean sheet, it was a fantastic night for everyone associated with O’s.
Alex Cisak (6.5) – Made important early save from Jobi McAnuff and although a bit slow off his line at times, was in good form.
Nicky Hunt (7) – Didn’t get off to the best of starts, but grew into the game and offers good protection at the back.
Yvan Erichot (7) – One of his best displays for Orient, similar to his side, it took him a while, but got better as match progressed.
Tom Parkes (8) – Made initial mistake to allow Ben Godden to race through on goal, but made up for it with stunning clearance and was a rock at the back.
Sandro Semedo (7) – Wasn’t caught on the ball as much in his own half as Saturday and continued to get forward frequently.
Liam Kelly (8) – A man possessed at times, was absolutely everywhere on the pitch and won so many tackles. Excellent display by stand-in skipper.
Nigel Atangana (7.5) – Wonderful first half from the French midfielder, drove forward with purpose and was good before being forced off through injury.
Gavin Massey (8) – Great night for the ex-Colchester United winger, constant menace and applied finishing touches when required.
Dean Cox (8) – O’s talisman looked back to his best, plenty of energy throughout and so much quality on the ball – that’s without even mentioning the header! Top drawer.
Harry Cornick (7.5) – Youngster has so much potential and looks like he is going to be a great acquisition for Orient, excellent display with so many tricks and flicks.
Jay Simpson (7) – Not at his sharpest, which is understandable, but the class shone through and was fantastic to see him on pitch - gives O’s such a boost.
Robbie Weir, for Atangana 51. (6.5) – Captain was more busier compared to previous games and looks to be getting over recent illness problems.
Jordan Bowery, for Cox 66. (6) – Again the forward held the ball up well and although got a bit of luck, claimed assist for third goal.
Ollie Palmer, for Simpson 74. (6) – Not much time to have an impact, but as usual worked hard and played his part.