Date: 13th February 2011 at 7:39pm
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Two goals from Harry Kane helped Orient to a comfortable 4-1 victory over now bottom-placed Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Sub Kane grabbed the last two after Jimmy Smith and Andrew Whing had found the net for the O’s. Surprisingly it was the first time that Orient have won back-to-back games this season (something that gets overlooked even in our good spell).

Even though it was struggling Bristol Rovers visiting the Matchroom Stadium on Saturday, getting a good start was vital to picking up another three points. And we did just that, again thanks to the head of Smith.

Smith’s first attempt at the header showed not what to do as he only managed to send the ball back out wide from close range. But Dean Cox picked up the ball and crossed the ball back in, again finding the head of Smith. This time the midfielder made no mistake as the ball nestled in the bottom corner.

The defending from Rovers was poor, letting Smith have the room for two free headers in the space of a minute.

11 minutes later the O’s doubled their deserved lead. The unlikely source of Andrew Whing drilled the ball home from 25-yards. I am not sure whether he meant it or not but it was a fantastic strike from the right wing.

Orient looked easily in control. Rovers justified their lowly league position with a very poor performance. I felt very sorry for their striker Will Hoskins, who was by far their best player. He obviously has league one class but unfortunately for him he is playing in a team lacking any.

Their best opportunity came from a mistake from the O’s. The usually reliable Stephen Dawson tried to be too clever in his own box and was caught in possession, forcing Jamie Jones into a tight save from midfielder Jeff Hughes.

Orient looked in control going into the second-half but in a similar fashion to Tuesday night against Swindon, our performance dropped away and this time we were punished.

Rovers put together a good passing move across the midfield, the ball reaching Hughes on the right wing. His cross was met by the unfortunate head of Jason Crowe, whose pin-point header flew past Jones in goal.

Suddenly our lead was looking slightly unsteady as Rovers pushed on, though again they didn’t create any more clear cut chances.

Orient needed a lift to push on for the win and luckily for Slade and the O’s we had the trio of Tottenham youngsters on the bench. All three (Kane, Mpoku and Carroll) came on late into the second-half and it was striker Kane who made the difference.

He turned smartly in the box and found the bottom corner of the net with 13 minutes to go to make sure of the points. And Kane added a gloss on the scoreline only minutes later when he tapped the ball into an empty net.

The O’s have now scored four goals in three of their last six home games. The team not only has depth and confidence but the ability to put a game to bed with a couple more goals, something that is key in football when a single goal can suddenly make the crowd and team very edgy!

It was another good performance in a crucial game that puts a gap of nine points (with games in hand on many teams near the drop) between us and the relegation zone.

We stay in 11th but that is a position I would take every Saturday at 5pm, especially as we are closer to the heady heights of the play-offs (five points with a game in hand on some) than the drop.

Whether the perspective of the season has changed just yet (from survival to relegation), this campaign is proving to be a stand-out year.

The teams:

Leyton Orient: Jones; Whing, Forbes, Chorley, Daniels; Crowe; Smith (Carroll 84), Dawson, Cox (Mpoku 84); Revell, McGleish (Kane 70).

Bristol Rovers: Daniels; Anthony, Coles, Tunnicliffe, Sawyer; Davies (Swallow 60), Kalala, Hughes, Williams (Kuffour 81); Howe, Hoskins.
Kevin Nugent told leytonorient.com:
‘The lads had a really good focus as to what needed to be done today.

‘Once again, we were good in both boxes. We gave the ball away a little cheaply at times, but we defended the area well and it took one of our own players to put the ball beyond Jamie Jones.’

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