Mkandawire and McGleish strike for O’s
Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 0 GOALS from Tamika Mkandawire and Scott McGleish lifted Orient out of the bottom four on Tuesday night as they beat Yeovil to record their first win in six games, writes TREVOR DAVIES. It was a victory that the O s fully deser
Leyton Orient 2
Yeovil Town 0
GOALS from Tamika Mkandawire and Scott McGleish lifted Orient out of the bottom four on Tuesday night as they beat Yeovil to record their first win in six games, writes TREVOR DAVIES.
It was a victory that the O's fully deserved as they played some neat football and moved up to 18th place in the League One table.
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New loan signings Matthew Briggs and Nicky Adams both started and made promising debuts, but just 2,669 fans turned up to watch, Orient's lowest gate for a league game this season.
It was the O's first game in over three weeks and manager Geraint Williams was looking for a fresh start and that's exactly what he got.
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Williams explained: "We said on the training ground where we have been working hard through Christmas and the New Year that this was a long break and so it was a new start for us.
"We wanted to make sure we started properly and we have certainly done that with a great performance and a great result. Now we have got to move on and we can look forward to the game at the Valley next Monday."
During a lively start, both sides had their chances and Jamie Jones had to make several smart stops.
The O's keeper was called into action after just four minutes when he dived low to his right and kept out Stefan Stam's header.
Mkandawire went close for the home side when he saw a shot deflected over on 12 minutes, but the defender did not have to wait long to bag his fifth league goal of the season.
On 14 minutes he picked the ball up on the right and jinked past a couple of tackles on the edge of the box before firing in a shot that took a deflection and hit a post.
The ball rolled along the line before striking the inside of the other post and ended up nestling into the net.
It should have been the signal for Orient to press home their advantage, as they tormented the visitors, with Adams causing problems for Yeovil down the right.
Midway through the half a great build up involving Charlie Daniels, Jason Demetriou, Ryan Jarvis and McGleish, saw the O's striker roll the ball into the path of Adams, who drilled a shot past keeper Alex McCarthy, but Yeovil skipper Craig Alcock was in the right place at the right time to block the effort on the line.
As play continued to swing from end-to-end, Jones saved well from Shaun MacDonald, while McGleish fired wastefully wide in a hectic 60-second spell nine minutes before the break.
After the interval Yeovil were quick out of the blocks and Nathan Jones fired just wide from 25 yards, while O's responded as McCarthy blocked an effort from Adam Chambers with his legs.
Jarvis was then denied after a neat interchange with Chambers, as Orient looked to build on their advantage.
The O's, who had frittered away a lead in three of their previous four games, made sure of victory 11 minutes from time when Demetriou's corner on the right was headed home by McGleish for his ninth league goal of the season.
The O's boss was delighted with the performance of his two loan signings and hopes to be able to extend their deals after the initial month is up.
"It's up to the players and the club, but judging by the performance, and we don't want to get too carried away, both lads that started were excellent," he said.
"Matthew has come in and to look as assured as he did was excellent, while Micky gave us some great energy up and down and some great quality.
"So those two lads, if they are happy, the club are happy and we're happy, it's something we will look at.