Leyton Orient made a poor start to 2013 as they were comprehensively beaten by Yeovil at Huish Park. Yeovil made the breakthrough late in the first half thanks to Paddy Madden. James Hayter doubled the Glovers’ lead on the hour mark, before Madden added his second goal of the game to complete the rout. Leyton Orient had responded well to the defeat against Scunthorpe and the recent postponements by beating Walsall, but on this occasion they were well below par. Yeovil travel to the capital next week to face the O’s in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area semi-final and Russel Slade will be hoping his side give a better account of themselves.
Yeovil almost grabbed an early goal inside the first quarter of an hour when Paddy Madden’s header rebounded off of the crossbar. Gavin Williams and Madden combined well during in the opening period and they fashioned another good chance when Williams pulled the ball back for Madden but the Yeovil striker failed to hit the target. Orient’s first attempt on goal came after thirty minutes when Dean Cox tried to take advantage of a Yeovil’s failure to clear from a corner, but unfortunately the Orient winger’s effort went wide. After that, the away side began to offer a little more going forward, Ben Chorley forced a save from Marek Stech with a header from a Martin Rowlands free-kick and soon after Moses Odubajo produced a good cross that David Mooney may have done better with. However, Yeovil looked far more likely to open the scoring, as they created a number of good chances in the first half. Williams continued to provide quality crosses into the box and Ed Upson should have hit the target after connecting with a Williams free-kick. Four minutes before the break Yeovil finally converted a chance. James Hayter managed to run in behind the Orient defence a collect a long pass before setting up Madden who applied the finish. Orient seemingly failed to learn from the mistakes that cost them the goal as on the brink of halftime Madden was through on goal but Jamie Jones managed to make the save to ensure that Orient went in at the interval just one goal down.
In a bid to get back in the game, Moses Odubajo was pushed forward to the right wing, while Lloyd James filled in at right back. However, this chance failed to have the desired effect and the O’s found themselves two goals down with an hour gone. Williams got the assist as he dribbled down the right wing and cut the ball back to Hayter who slotted the ball home. Cuthbert was brought on for Rowlands and the Scottish defender became the third player to operate at right back, with James reverting back to central midfield. Orient needed to pull a goal back quickly if they were going to draw level and it seemed as if James had scored when his shot was out of the reach of Stech but fortunately for the hosts Daniel Burn was on hand to block the shot on the line. A victory for Yeovil was all but confirmed 15 minutes from time as a poor backpass from Ben Chorley allowed Madden a one-on-one opportunity with Jamie Jones, which he converted to claim his second of the match. There were a couple more chances at either end, but there was no way Orient would take anything from the match, nor did they deserve to.
Slade on Yeovil Defeat
“It’s certainly not the start to the year we wanted. I didn’t think we set our stall out well enough in the early stages. They started much the better side and adapted to the conditions better than we did.”
“You have to make a note of the pitch. Obviously it’s the worst surface in League One I’ve seen for years to be honest. It is a poor surface. But fair play to Yeovil, they adapted to those conditions well.”
“Of course you miss Kevin when he’s not in the side. Obviously there was no point in bringing him because he’s had an injection in his shoulder and we need that to settle down. Hopefully it will do for the weekend coming up [at Hull].”