Match Report: Leyton Orient 2 Brentford 0 – 17/3/12



Leyton Orient recorded their first home win since New Year’s Eve, while Brentford will be wondering what might have been  after they wasted opportunities to  get themselves back into the game. Orient made the breakthrough on the half hour mark as Kevin Lisbie headed home and they managed to grab another right before the break thanks to Jimmy Smith. Brentford had chances to score in the first half and they further increased the pressure after half time. The O’s held firm and managed to grind out an important victory.

It was the home side that began the match the more positively as they put Brentford under pressure. The first real chance of the match fell to Matthew Spring, but he could not convert from a Jamal Campbell-Ryce cross. Dean Cox came even closer to scoring as his shot from the edge of the box struck the base of the post, his effort was followed up by Jimmy Smith but it was ruled offside. Brentford were nearly gifted an opening goal when Paul Rachubka fumbled what should have been a routine catch from a Brentford cross. It fell to Saido Berahino, but with the goal at his mercy he dragged his shot wide. It was Orient who opened the scoring. Dean Cox whipped a free kick into the box and Kevin Lisbie rose above the crowd to head the ball past Bees’ goalkeeper Simon Moore. Brentford almost equalised immediately, but Paul Rachubka managed to recover from his earlier mistake by making a vital save.


Brentford created another good chance when a cross reached Niall McGinn who was unmarked at the back post, but he failed to hit the target. Orient had chances too, Spring went close again, but could not keep his shot down. The O’s managed to extend their lead on the brink of half time. Dean Cox again caused problems with a low cross that reached Ben Chorley at the far post. Chorley laid the ball off into the path of Jimmy Smith, who pounced and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.


Uwe Rosler made changes at half time and his side began the second half on the front foot. The away side went close after a scramble in the penalty area from a low free-kick. Orient sat deeper and deeper and they became increasingly nervous at the back. Spring nearly provided an opening for the opposition as a pass back to the defence went horribly wrong, fortunately for the O’s Brentford could not capitalise. The Bees certainly had chances to test the Orient keeper but they were wasteful as their efforts were wildly inaccurate. Orient were cautious in the second half and their second half performance was not as strong but they managed to survive to claim three points.


Russell Slade made the decision to play Jamal Campbell-Ryce alongside Kevin Lisbie in a four-four-two formation. This proved to be successful in the early stages as Campbell-Ryce dropped off of the front line, making Orient’s attacking play more unpredictable.  After the opening goal, Orient could hit Brentford on the break, as the visitors came forward in search of a way back into the match. Lisbie, Cox and Campbell-Ryce were effective on the break and the trio linked up well throughout the game. The other new man Adam Reed looked good technically as you might expect from a Premier League academy player, he also broke up play effectively. Both Reed and Campbell-Ryce added more pace and energy, qualities that have been severely lacking in recent weeks.  In the first half Orient’s pressing meant that Brentford’s attempts to play it out from the back were stifled, meaning the Bees were forced to play more direct and this proved ineffective.


Despite the positives, Orient still look shaky at the back and there seemed to be a lack of communication between the defence and the goalkeeper. Terrell Forbes has struggled at right-back, last season he proved that he can be an asset as a centre-back but once Dickson returns McSweeney must revert to right-back. Furthermore, Orient continue to lack width, which can make it difficult to create chances, although the link between Lisbie, Cox and Campbell-Ryce compensated for this today.


Orient had slipped down to 19th in the table during midweek, but this win puts them in 15th place and seven points clear of the relegation zone.


Match Stats


Leyton Orient






Lisbie 29’


Smith 45’




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Brentford Line-up

31 Simon Moore
14 Shaleum Logan
32 Leon Legge  71’
25 Harlee Dean
24 Jake Bidwell
12 Adam Forshaw
8 Jonathan Douglas
20 Toumani Diagouraga
18 Niall McGinn    46’
9 Clayton Donaldson
10 Saido Berahino  46’
1 Richard Lee
19 Harry Forrester  46’
22 Karleigh Osborne  71’
23 Adam Thompson
28 Antonio German  46’

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    March 18, 2012

    Great win for the boys – sounds like some of our new signings have made an impact. Fingers crossed we can kick-on from here and finish well clear of relegation.

    Big summer ahead for Russ – still has a point to prove in the transfer market for me…


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