Orient were beaten once again on the road as Tranmere swept the O´s aside with an all too familiar 3-0 scoreline. Having lost each of their three away games this season in addition to conceding three goals on each occasion, the O´s now lie in 18th position just one point above the relegation zone. This defeat was the latest in a run which has seen the O´s lose their last four games and increases the pressure on the side ahead of next weekend´s London derby against Brentford at Brisbane Road.
The O´s welcomed Adam Tann back to the side and Glenn Morris took over in goal with Glyn Garner away on international duty with Wales. Craig Easton was absent through injury so Donny Barnard filled in alongside Michael Simpson in midfield. New signing Adam Chambers took his place on the bench as the O´s tried to find their first points of the campaign away from Brisbane Road.
It couldn´t have started much worse for the O´s as they were behind after nine minutes through a quite spectacular goal. Darren Ward, the opposing ´keeper launched a free kick from some 75 yards which was badly misjudged by Glenn Morris. The young O´s stopper watched as the ball flew over his head and in trying to rescue the situation only managed to palm the ball into his own net. It was a ridiculous goal to concede and soon enough Orient were two down as Rovers ran riot in the early stages.
This time it was Chris Shuker causing all sorts of problems down the O´s left and having seen his shot blocked quite brilliantly by Clayton Fortune, the winger managed to find Greenacre in space and he fired past Morris to make it 2-0.
With the O´s 2-0 down after just 12 minutes it would have taken a brave man to be on Orient salvaging something from the game. However, to their credit the O´s created several chances but were unable to convert any of them. Tranmere really should have had the game wrapped up on 17 minutes when Shuker was given the freedom of the field to waltz his way towards goal only to put his effort wide of the post.
Having survived that scare, the O´s almost got a goal of their own as Joe Keith´s free kick was wonderfully tipped away by Ward whilst Alexander´s header whizzed wide after a lovely cross by Adam Tann.
The O´s somehow managed to stay in the game until half time although Chris McCready had a couple of decent chances whilst Taylor also went close with the home side well on top.
The second half started much like the first with Rovers on top and they could have increased their lead after more indecisive goalkeeping from Morris. This time it was Kevin Ellison´s cross that gave Morris all sorts of problems and Greenacre managed to head down only for Taylor to fire wide.
Yet, despite the home side´s confidence, it was the visitors that created the better chances in the early period of the second half. First, Alexander smashed into the side netting after impecable control allowed him to take down Donny Barnard´s ball and then the O´s number nine saw his downward header somehow saved when he looked certain to score.
Michael Simpson was next to test Ward with a long range effort whilst Tudor´s effort whistled past the post after excellent hold up play by Alexander.
As Martin Ling threw on Connor and McMahon in search of that elusive goal, Tranmere broke and scored a third which was cruel on Orient. Yet again it was Greenacre who smashed home after his initial effort was well saved by Morris.
There was still time for Alexander to head wide without any defender in sight after a knockdown from Paul Connor, but that miss just summed up Orient´s day.
Time To Worry?
Orient have now lost their last four games and having shipped a combined nine goals on their travels alone this season, there is little room for optimism at the moment. However, it would be foolish to panic this early in the season with only six games played. Martin Ling will be fully aware that the recent sequence of results is completely unacceptable and will be hoping to rectify matters when Brentford come to E10 next weekend.
Another Away Defeat
The O´s only lost three times in League Two away from home last season yet they´ve managed to lose each of their games away from Brisbane Road thus far. It is a worrying trend and puts even more pressure on the players to perform in front of their home crowd.
Next week´s London derby takes on significant importance as the O´s will not want to lose for the fifth time in succession, a record that is totally unenviable.