Date: 13th November 2010 at 10:33pm
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We waited along time for the elusive three points away from Brisbane Road and it came in some style today with three points, three goals and a clean sheet at Bristol Rovers.

In form striker Alex Revell netted two goals for the O’s with a Dean Cox adding to the score sheet as well. The 18-game wait for an away win is finally over and Orient can now hopefully put a run together without the fear of travelling in their way.

Russell Slade welcomed back on-loan Paul-Jose Mpoku back into the starting 11 after injury and his natural width along with Dean Cox on the right was a great asset for the O’s.

The manager once again went with a 4-5-1 formation, packing out the midfield and leaving Revell in attack on his own. But what may have seemed like a more defensive approach before the game definitely benefited the away side.

O’s first goal came after 20 minutes when the team combined brilliantly to set up Cox. Captain Stephen Dawson made a trademark surge into the box and chipped the ball over for Cox to slot home.

In a similar fashion to Colchester in their last league game Orient then doubled their lead away from home. This time winger Cox turned provider, crossing the ball for Revell to head home.

Any hopes for the home support were all but ended in the 34th minute when Carl Regan was shown a straight red for a dangerous challenge on Dawson. Sadly for the O’s this was the end of Dawson’s game and another possible injury blow for Orient.

The first-half came to a close with the away side in a dominant position, a man and two goals to the good. The returning Mpoku was proving a real handful for the Bristol Rovers’ defence with his skill and pace whilst Matthew Spring ran the midfield with a range of excellent passes.

Orient continued their dominance into the second-half, adding a third six minutes after the break. Revell again found the net after Charlie Daniels drilled in a low cross.

Whilst it would be easy to criticise the 4-5-1 formation often deployed by Slade, lone striker Revell is clearly enjoying the role (he has now scored five in the last three games).

Despite Orient’s superiority in the game, Bristol Rovers did have a brief spell of pressure in the second period. Chris Lines’ free kick was the closest they came to finding a consolation but his effort was saved by Lee Butcher in the O’s goal.

Orient also had more chances to add to their tally, Revell and Cox both coming close again before the final whistle. But no O’s fan could complain when it ended with three goals and most importantly that elusive away win!

O’s manager Russell Slade told
‘Overall it was a great, great performance, particularly when it was 11 v 11. The first two goals we created in that period were great goals.

‘We kept a clean sheet, that gave me a buzz. The fact that we’ve got the monkey off our back, that gave me a buzz. And we go into Tuesday’s game now on the back of a really important win for us.’

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