Kevin Lisbie was the hero for Orient yesterday as The O’s won back-to-back games, moved off the foot of the League One table, an unbeaten run stretching three games and finally won at Scunthorpe, 14 years after our last at Glanford Park.
Ben Chorley, George Porter and Jimmy Smith all missed out on the journey to Lincolnshire and Orient set up in a 4-5-1 formation, something of a tradition away from home. It seems as if our plan away from home is to contain the opposition and go in at the break with the game goalless. In what was a half played out by two poor teams, it looked as if it was going to be goalless at the break, until, another tradition, an ex-O scored against us. This time it was the turn of winger Andy Barcham to score against us, as he cut in from the wing and fired a deflected shot past Lee Butcher’s out stretched hand. One down at the break and the mood amongst the travelling
rient faithful wasn’t a good one.
The poor mood stayed amongst some Orient fans, despite an early goal, as many, myself included, were still in the undercroft of the away end, with no idea the game had even kicked off again or that David Mooney had made a through ball that cut the Scunny defence in two like a knife through butter. Kevin Lisbie was on the end of that through ball to slot under Sam Johnstone in the Iron goal. After downing the rest of our pints, we made our way back to our seats but were out of them again four minutes later as again, Kevin Lisbie had the back of the net bulging. This time the 33 year-old had a free header that he calmly knocked past Johnstone to send the away fans into pandamonium.
Scunthorpe had offered very little in the second half but I felt Orient needed a third goal, just to make sure, after all this is Leyton Orient and nothing is ever easy. A free kick won on the left was a perfect position for Charlie Daniels sweet left foot to make an impact on the game, this time another header made it three to the O’s. Scott Cuthbert was the man who rose highest, like a fish out of water, to surely put the game behind doubt.
Just as we returned to our seats many wanted to start celebrating what would be back-to-back wins and a three game unbeaten run but that was put into doubt by Barcham who scored his second against Orient after a bit of a defensive mess on Orient’s behalf after a Scunny corner.
Scunthorpe, like the Big Bad Wolf, huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow down Lee Butcher in the Orient goal, who put in another fantastic display to keep Iron at bay and earn The O’s our first away win of the season.
Had a lot of stick this season but his confidence is at an all time high after last week’s penalty save and yesterday’s positive performance.
A steady player, he’ll not win the headlines but he’ll do his job to a competent level, like yesterday.
Surely the best left back in League One. He’s back to his best, he’ll be a real asset now firing on all cylinders.
Played in his correct position yesterday, he did a very good job and grabbed a goal. He’ll have to do a lot to keep his place in the starting XI.
The man is a rock at the back for the Orient. He did very well against Nicky Ajose, who seemed to love falling around.
He’s another who you hardly notice but he’s a steady player and does his job well.
Cox and Daniels back on form, that will see a glut of goals for the forwards.
‘Awesome Dawson’. Can’t say much more about the man, exceptional.
Had a poor season but even Springy had a good game at Glanford Park.
Frustrating player but classy pass to Lisbie set up our first.
Very close to getting the Man of the Match award, there wasn’t much more he could have done yesterday. We’ll be lucky to keep him beyond his four month contract.
Came on after 84 minutes so wasn’t much he could have done.