McGleish stuns Addicks to end home run
Charlton Athletic 0 Leyton Orient 1 LEYTON ORIENT boss Geraint Williams hopes their impressive victory over Charlton on Monday will finally convince his own players that they can beat anybody in League One, writes IAIN LIDDLE. A 48th-minute header from ev
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LEYTON ORIENT boss Geraint Williams hopes their impressive victory over Charlton on Monday will finally convince his own players that they can beat anybody in League One, writes IAIN LIDDLE.
A 48th-minute header from evergreen striker Scott McGleish, following a delicately chipped cross from Sean Thornton, guided the O's to victory and ended the Addicks' unbeaten record at home this season.
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After previous encouraging showings at the likes of Leeds United, which were ultimately fruitless, Williams insisted the win has justified his faith in the playing squad, but is desperate for them to be similarly believing in their own ability.
"You can't keep going on and saying, 'well we played not bad, but we've got beat again'," said the Welshman.
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"The big thing is that the players can believe now when I tell them we're good enough to go anywhere and get a result.
"This proves that and they've got to start believing it.
"We can play with anyone between the two boxes, we're decent on the ball. But in those two 18-yard boxes we've got to throw bodies in front of the ball and block things and in the other 18-yard box, we've got to take our chances.
"It's little things like that which determine games in this league."
Despite their varying ambitions at different ends of the table, it was the east London club who started with greater enthusiasm and quality on Monday.
Jason Demetriou's cut in and cross on 10 minutes was headed behind nervously by Grant Basey, on an evening where the left back was given a torrid time by on-loan winger Nicky Adams.
After Adam Chambers was let off by the referee in his own area, after appearing to pull down Nicky Bailey, he was soon involved at the other end of the pitch, meeting a cross from Adams before having his shot blocked.
Chambers' box-to-box commitment epitomised his side's overall endeavour on the evening with Ryan Jarvis putting in a terrific shift up front and Tamika Mkandawire repelling everything that came into his surrounding area.
There was quality to match the effort, as exhibited by Thorton's pinpoint cross for McGleish to score.
Far from a smash and grab victory in front of a large travelling support, Orient could have scored again as Jarvis hit the post and substitute Jon Tehoue shot narrowly wide shortly after his introduction.
As the visitors grew in stature, the home fans, who thought just turning up would be enough for three points, let their cries of frustration ring out louder and louder.
Chants of 'Parky, sort it out' were regularly aimed at home boss Phil Parkinson, but he appeared unsure of how to out-wiit his former Colchester United assistant Williams.
As Parkinson showed signs of desperation by replacing both of his strikeforce, Orient remained solid and completed their best showing of the season.