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Orient boss Edinburgh pleased with his side’s winning ability

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 September 2018

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh gives the thumbs up to the supporters at Brisbane Road (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh gives the thumbs up to the supporters at Brisbane Road (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh is pleased with his side’s ability to find wins no matter what the situation after sealing a 3-0 victory against Solihull Moors.

The O’s made it nine games unbeaten and moved joint-top of the National League thanks to goals from Charlie Lee, Macauley Bonne and substitute Matt Harrold sealing the three points at the Breyer Group Stadium.

And the boss says it was a tough game but his side dealt with the physicality and came out on top.

“It was a tough game against a very good team again, but we’re finding different ways to win games, and I thought we got out the traps as quick as we had this season,” the 48-year-old said.

“But they probably had the best two chances in the first half hour and we took the lead at a very crucial time just before the half-time whistle and I think we took the game on from there.”

The former Gillingham boss praised his goalkeeper Dean Brill, who picked up man of the match, for pulling off vital saves early on in the match.

“He made two excellent saves off the back of us starting really brightly, lots of good possession and good movement, things that we’ve spoke about and worked on.

“They caught us on the counter attack twice and nearly hurt us, but two great saves and a block as well, so I’m delighted with Dean and he made a crucial save at 1-0 in the second-half as well.”

Moors boss Tim Flowers was disappointed in the timing on the opening goal from the O’s and Edinburgh explained the situation on the Charlie Lee goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

“No, I think there was a miscommunication between the three officials and the fourth official.

“His communication set had broken so the linesman ensured us there was five minutes and he thought there were three.

“I think the only mistake was what the fourth official put up but what was told to everyone was five minutes.”

The boss praised the way Lee headed home a Jobi McAnuff header from a corner on the stroke of half-time.

“He’d had an early header that he perhaps felt he should have done better with, cute play from him, he found his way into a little pocket and dispatched it very well.”

Edinburgh was also pleased with how his side stood up to the physicality of the visitors in the match but at times felt they become too involved.

“I believe so, we spoke about it at half-time, we knew we had to stand up to the physicality and that’s no criticism of Solihull.

“That’s what we needed to do and we did that, but I felt we were getting too involved in that, and not showing enough of what we were about.

“It was a physical game and the lad gave the referee no choice with how quick the two bookings were.”

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