Ross Embleton’s side fell to a 2-0 defeat away at Plymouth Argyle in the League Cup last night. Both managers named strong line-ups and it was a fairly even first half, with Argyle perhaps just edging it. But two quick-fire goals from Callum McFadzean and Dom Telford mid-way through the second half meant that Ryan Lowe’s side will face Reading at home in the next round.
Dean Brill 5.5 – Didn’t have a whole lot to do and you can’t really blame him for either of the goals as both were tidy finishes. However, there were a couple of shaky moments in terms of his distribution.
Marvin Ekpiteta 5 – It wasn’t a great night for Ekpiteta, the former East Thurrock man was caught out of position a few times and sloppy in possession.
Josh Coulson 5.5 – Steady performance from the O’s skipper, didn’t make any real errors but as the leader of this team, he should be ensuring the Orient defence are switched on after conceding and aren’t picking the ball out of the net for a second goal in a matter of minutes.
Dan Happe 6 – A poor first half from the 20 year old but he recovered with a couple of crucial well timed challenges in the second half.
Myles Judd 4.5 – His battle vs Argyle’s Danny Mayor was a complete mismatch, the former Bury midfielder had the beating of Judd every time he received the ball and the O’s full back wasn’t getting anywhere near tight enough to him.
Joe Widdowson 5 – Fairly solid in defence but didn’t make enough of an impact going forward. When Orient attack the difference between him and James Brophy in the wing-back role is noticeable.
Dale Gorman 5.5 – Had a couple of nice touches and made one excellent turn away from the Plymouth midfield in the second half, but struggled to impose himself throughout the 70 minutes he was on the pitch
Craig Clay 5 – Gave up possession far too easily on a number of occasions, the fight and determination was there, as you’d expect from him, but his quality on the ball just wasn’t.
Josh Wright 5.5 – Tidy in possession, but with three orthodox central midfielders on the pitch and no number ten, Wright needed to be the one that pushed on from midfielder. He failed to do that and as a result his side looked fairly toothless in attack.
Louis Dennis 5.5 – The game seemed to pass him by a little bit, but when he did get on the ball he looked bright and showed glimpses of some good link-up play between him and Lee Angol.
Lee Angol 6.5 – The one bright light from this performance, Angol showed excellent control on a number of occasions to bring the ball out of the air. Whenever he got the ball he looked positive, it was just a shame that at times he had to drop so deep to receive the ball.
James Brophy 6 – The former Swindon man won a couple of fouls with his direct running after coming on. Feel like he needs to start as he seems the only O’s player that wants to run with the ball at the moment.
Conor Wilkinson 5.5 – Barely touched the ball after coming on, but you can’t really fault him for that as the game was already pretty much gone for Orient before he came on with 20 minutes to go.