Leyton Orient player ratings: Cool Jay rescues point

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson (right) celebrates after scoring against Stevenage with Ollie Palm

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson (right) celebrates after scoring against Stevenage with Ollie Palmer (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

George Sessions provides player ratings following the 2-2 draw with Stevenage

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson celebrates after netting a late equaliser against Stevenage (pic:

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson celebrates after netting a late equaliser against Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

Leyton Orient needed two goals from Jay Simpson to peg back Stevenage and take a point back to east London.

The League Two’s top goalscorer put Ian Hendon’s side ahead on the hour mark before two goals from Armand Gnanduillet put Teddy Sheringham’s men in front.

Leyton Orient defender Frazer Shaw looks to get the ball forward against Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Con

Leyton Orient defender Frazer Shaw looks to get the ball forward against Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

But Simpson popped up deep into stoppage time to find the net and spark wild celebrations in the away end.

It failed to stop the O’s supporters chanting ‘Hendon out’ come the full time whistle, however, after another draw in League Two.

Leyton Orient midfielder Bradley Pritchard beats a Stevenage opponent to the ball (pic: Simon O'Conn

Leyton Orient midfielder Bradley Pritchard beats a Stevenage opponent to the ball (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant


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Alex Cisak (7.5) – Not much the Australian could do about either goal, but made a fine first half save and excellent tackle early in second half.

Sean Clohessy (6.5) – The full back was again good going forward, but allowed Gnanduillet to run through and score his second too easily.

Leyton Orient midfielder Jobi McAnuff battles for the ball against Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient midfielder Jobi McAnuff battles for the ball against Stevenage (pic: Simon O'Connor). - Credit: Archant

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Connor Essam (5.5) – Not a great day at the office again for the defender as he failed to mark Gnanduillet for his first and struggled at Broadhall Way.

Cole Kpekawa (6) – Queens Park Rangers youngster could have done better with both goals and put Cisak in trouble with a few back passes - a tough match for him.

Frazer Shaw (7) – Best of the bunch at the back, but could have done more with the first goal as he allowed Tom Pett too much space.

Blair Turgott (8) – One of his most encouraging performances for the club as in the first half he caused Stevenage so many problems, faded after the break though.

Jack Payne (7) – Peterborough loanee tried to influence the game, but the ball bypassed him in midfield at times despite his effort to get in good positions.

Bradley Pritchard (7) – The Zimbabwean showed good composure deep into injury time to pick out Ollie Palmer, who in turn found Simpson for the equaliser. Another battling display.

Jobi McAnuff (7.5) – Looked threatening during the first half and impressed in the second as well before tiring towards the end.

Ollie Palmer (6.5) – Such a frustrating player, did ever so well for the equaliser, but then fired a great chance straight at Stevenage’s goalkeeper.

Jay Simpson (8.5) – Wonderful composure at the end to score late on, he also won and converted the penalty excellently. Former Arsenal man gets in fantastic positions.

Substitutes:

Calaum Jahraldo-Martin, for Turgott 77.

John Marquis, for McAnuff 80.

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