Orient got off to a losing start in the 2010/2011 League One season as they went down 2-1 away at Yeovil in a frustrating performance.
The first half went back and forth as the home side went in front twice with Alex Revell`s first league goal for the O’s sandwiched in between. Orient huffed and puffed for long spells in the second half but were not able to create the killer chance that would have given them a point.
Yeovil started the better of the two teams and could have gone in front inside ten minutes had Adam Virgo converted an Andrew Williams cross. The O’s did well to soak up the early pressure as Luke Freeman also went close for Yeovil early on with a curling shot towards Jamie Jones` right hand post.
Unfortunately it did not take Yeovil long to go ahead. Dean Bowditch controlled a pass first time on the right before cutting inside Ben Chorley who had come across to cover. Bowditch kept the ball and picked his spot, lashing in from 20 yards.
Orient`s first serious chance of the game came just after the half an hour mark. Matthew Spring spotted an Alex Revell run during a free kick and the striker forced John Sullivan to tip the ball over the bar after a looping header.
Revell was looking good on his league debut for Orient and was involved again just a few minutes later. He dragged the ball out right after a Spring pass and picked out Scott McGleish in the middle. Sullivan got down well to smother the ball as McGleish looked to have picked out the corner of the goal.
Orient grew into the game and equalised when Revell headed home from a Dean Cox cross. Cox controlled a pass from Stephen Dawson well before looping the ball up for Revell who couldn`t miss.
The first half ended with a sour twist for all O’s fans as Jamie Jones gifted Yeovil, what turned out to be, their winning goal. Williams pinged in a cross, which the goalkeeper could not keep hold of and Freeman was waiting to lash the ball in from point blank range.
Russell Slade would have been looking for a response after the break and he got it. Terrell Forbes rose from a corner to connect with a bullet header. The Yeovil defence stood helplessly as the ball hit the post and bounced away.
Cox had another superb chance on the hour mark as it was clear that Yeovil were content with what they had. The winger hit a great shot from range, which Sullivan did well to get something on. Adam Chambers raced towards goal to smash the ball in but Virgo got the ball away as it rolled onto the line.
Yeovil looked comfortable after they had endured an intense spell of pressure from the O’s after the break. Sam Williams could have scored a third for Yeovil late on but Jones made up for his earlier error with a fine save.
It was a disappointing day out for Orient but the manager is likely to take a lot of positives from the performance. The team will have to quickly pick themselves up for the League Cup tie with Swindon Town on Tuesday.
Jamie Jones 5/10
Made a very bad error that cost the O’s the game. Made one or two half decent saves but looked a little nervous on this occasion.
Elliott Omozusi 6/10
Got up and down the right wing well all game. Very useful when going forward as an extra attacking option but leaves himself exposed far too many times at the back.
Terrell Forbes 6/10
Forbes’ experience showed during the first quarter of an hour when Orient were right up against it. Made a number of important headers and clearances. Played well against his former team.
Ben Chorley 6/10
Bit of a frustrating and bitty defensive display. Very dominant in the air. However, he could have done more by keeping Dean Bowditch out wide for Yeovil’s first goal.
Michael Liddle 6/10
Looked a little bit nervous at the start of the game but grew as the match went on. Looks to be a very quick and composed player but his balls forward have to be better.
Matthew Spring 7/10
Controlled the middle of the pitch well for spells during the game. Passing forward was very good but needs to dominate for the whole game not just in patches.
Adam Chambers 6/10
Typical performance from Chambers. Ran around like a mad man trying to win the ball back and make a general pain of himself. More composure needed when he has time on the ball.
Stephen Dawson 7/10
Good league debut from the Orient captain. Did a lot of the ugly things well but needed to up it a little bit when the O’s were looking for someone to lead by example.
Dean Cox 7/10
Looks very good going forward. Final ball looks useful and was very unlucky not to have bagged the goal that would have given the Os a point.
Scott McGleish 6/10
A little disappointing from the experienced front man. Did not do enough to give Yeovil different headaches at vital stages during the game. Missed a couple of decent half chances.
Alex Revell 8/10
Best player in an Orient shirt today. Looked dangerous every time he picked up the ball and looks decent value to be top scorer at the club by the end of the season.
Jimmy Smith 5/10
Replaced Chambers but could not do enough to lift the team late on.
Jonathan Tehoue 5/10
Replaced McGelish on 72 minutes. Visually intimidating but physically very frustrating to watch. Has had and will have better brief appearances.
Russell Slade 6/10
Seems to have embedded a good philosophy in to the team. However, he waited a little too long in making changes when it became clear that Orient were running out of ideas.