Turgott takes his chance

PUBLISHED: 18:30 15 March 2016

Blair Turgott celebrates a goal for Leyton Orient (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Blair Turgott celebrates a goal for Leyton Orient (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Final Third Development League: Cambridge United 1 Leyton Orient 4

Blair Turgott was one of a number of Leyton Orient players to impress during their ‘Final Third’ Development League match at Cambridge United today.

The O’s ran out 4-1 winners in the end with Connor Essam scoring once in each half to inspire the victory.

David Gregory, after signing on loan from Crystal Palace, started in goal with under-18 captain Michael Clark included at the back.

The defender only recently returned from injury and was rewarded by partnering Essam with Alan Dunne and Frazer Shaw at full back.

Lloyd James featured in midfield alongside Jack Payne while Bradley Pritchard and Turgott were given opportunities on the wing.

Ollie Palmer and Armand Gnanduillet were together up top after both started on the bench at Oxford United on Saturday.

A penalty from Gnanduillet put the visitors ahead before Turgott and Essam found the net to make it 3-0 at half time.

Essam added another goal after the break as various members of Kevin Nolan’s squad were given game time before the hosts pulled one back.

Turgott’s goal against the U’s was timely as it occured just hours after it was revealed Jobi McAnuff and Calaum Jahraldo-Martin have been called up for international duty.

While the duo can play against Morecambe this weekend, they’ll miss the two matches against Accrington Stanley and Hartlepool United over Easter.

It would appear to offer Turgott a chance to get back in Nolan’s plans after failing to feature for Orient since the 3-1 reverse to the Cambridge first team on January 30 and it seems he took his opportunity.

Leyton Orient: Gregory, Dunne, Essam, Clark, Shaw, Pritchard, James, Payne, Turgott, Palmer, Gnanduillet.

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