Date: 22nd February 2011 at 8:11pm
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Jamie Jones – 8

Made a good double save to deny Tomas Rosicky and keep the score at only 1-0. Was again dominant in claiming crosses and commanding his area even against better quality. Only hesitated once in another very good display.

Andrew Whing – 7

Was the only player to under-perform on the day. Looked exposed and caught for pace against the likes of Arshavin, Gibbs etc… but also made a few crunching tackles at important times.

Terrell Forbes – 8

His partnership with Chorley at the back again looked secure, despite facing Premier League players. His pace in the heart of the defence was a bonus against Arsenal’s attack.

Ben Chorley – 8

Similar to Forbes in that he performed well, strong and leading from the back. Had more to do than normal but dealt with Arsenal well, especially when often out-muscling their strikers and heading the ball clear.

Charlie Daniels – 9 (Man of the Match)

Assured in defence and still brave enough to push forward and help the attack. His distribution down the line created opportunities to relieve pressure on the defence and find McGleish or Revell up front. Deserved to score with a superb long-range effort in the first-half.

Dean Cox – 8

Took on the Arsenal defence and often cut inside from the wing, especially when the game opened up later on. Was only let down by the fact that his normally-reliable deliveries were not quite as good, though he got fewer opportunities to whip in a cross.

Stephen Dawson – 9

A close contender for man of the match. Dominated the O’s midfield by breaking up Arsenal’s play, helping out the defence and trying to push forward when possible in attack. Never stopped running.

Jason Crowe – 7

Limited to only the first-half due to what I think was an injury problem. Worked hard alongside Dawson in midfield in trying to stop Arsenal but was limited to defensive duties and wasn’t on the pitch long enough to make a big impression.

Jimmy Smith – 8

Worked hard on the right of midfield, cutting inside to try and block up Arsenal’s midfield. They were a few misplaced passes and he didn’t have the room to show his improved attacking abilities but once again showed he is a valuable team player.

Alex Revell – 8

Covered every area of the pitch as usual. Was good in the air against Arsenal’s two centre-halfs and had a few half chances that kept Orient’s belief alive in the second-half.

Scott McGleish – 8

Deserving of a starting spot alongside Revell. Worked hard and made sure he was always in and around the Arsenal defenders. His ageing legs did show but did his job for an hour before being replaced by Tehoue.

Jonathan Tehoue – 9

Made another crucial impact from the bench. Before his goal he showed strength and speed, offering a different threat when Orient’s options looked limited. His late late goal was a powerful strike that few goalkeepers could have saved, showing why he is such an important player even from the bench.

Tommy Carroll – 8

Came on at half-time in the biggest of occasions. At only 18-years-old he looked calm on the ball, picking up possession in front of the defence before moving the ball forward.

Paul-Jose Mpoku – 7

Had little time to make any impact on the game. But his ability to come off the bench and offer us fresh legs in attack is always useful.

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