Despite having 67% of the possession, 23 shots and 16 shots inside the box (the most in the whole EFL on Saturday) Leyton Orient couldn’t find a way past Stevenage keeper Paul Farman in yesterday’s 0-0 stalemate at Brisbane Road.
The result becomes even more frustrating for the O’s when you factor in that Stevenage were missing 11 first team players prior to kick off and then lost a couple more during the first half when Scott Cuthbert and Terence Vancooten were replaced by teenagers Arthur Iontton and Luis Fernandez.
As the stats would suggest, there were a number of chances created by Orient throughout the game but perhaps none better than when both Conor Wilkinson and Lee Angol were denied by Farman from point blank range just after the restart.
The O’s now travel to Mansfield on Tuesday in the midst of a run of 292 minutes without a goal.
Dean Brill 6.5 – Orient’s number one demonstrated much better distribution yesterday, including a couple of well judged early balls over the top to help the O’s spring counter attacks from the visitors’ corners. He also did well to stay alert and produce a crucial save which prevented Danny Newton from stealing away all three points in the final minute of stoppage time.
Marvin Ekpiteta 5.5 – Seemed a lot more composed today, wasn’t caught out with runs from in behind and did the simple things well on the ball. Hopefully this is the start of an upturn in form for the 23 year old.
Josh Coulson 5 – A rare poor game from Orient’s skipper, he gave the ball away a number of times throughout the match with a number of sloppy passes and his mistake in the first half almost resulted in Dan Happe giving away a penalty.
Dan Happe 5.5 – Solid at the back and showed his quality on the ball with a couple of adventurous switches of play. Also interesting to note that prior to Saturday he sat third in the ranking for aerial duels won in League Two with 23 in just two games.
Sam Ling 6 – Another solid performance from Ling at right wing-back. He performed his defensive duties well and put in a couple of good balls into the box. If he can improve the consistency of his final ball then he’d be well on the way to proving the doubters wrong in E10.
Joe Widdowson 5.5 – Widdowson is a player that will always give you solidity at the back, the problem with him comes in the fact he’s very cautious in his attacking play, often resorting to just laying the ball back for a midfielder behind him, which certainly isn’t ideal for a player playing in the wing-back role. Perhaps more suited to games like Plymouth and Mansfield away rather than Stevenage at home.
Craig Clay 5.5 – Battled well as he always does, but on occasion wanted far too much time on the ball than he had. Needs to speed up his passing to implement some tempo into Orient’s game.
Josh Wright 5.5 – Did well to provide an extra body in the box when the O’s were on the front foot, although there were a couple of times that he could have just pulled the trigger and got a shot off at Farman’s goal.
James Brophy 7.5 – Orient’s one bright spark yesterday, Brophy had a flawless first half where seemingly every time he got the ball he skipped past his man and made something happen for his side. His second half was a lot quieter due to Stevenage wisening up on the fact he was the O’s’ danger man, but nevertheless based on this performance he should be the first name on the team-sheet for Tuesday night.
Lee Angol 6 – Not his best game in an Orient shirt but still his ability to bring the ball down and hold off his man under pressure is extremely impressive. If he gets more service, you still feel he’ll be pivotal to Orient’s season.
Conor Wilkinson 5.5 – Had a couple of chances where he got in behind and probably could have done better. Like Angol, needs to get that first goal under his belt and hopefully more will follow.
Dale Gorman 6 – Gets a favourable rating purely down to the fact he wasn’t afraid to have a dig when he came on. One shot was a decent effort, whilst the other not so much, but it was pleasing to see a player not scared to have a go when faced up against the stubborn Stevenage backline.
Louis Dennis 5 –Reading Ross Embleton’s comments following Tuesday night’s game it sounds like Dennis is still not at 100% but if he wants to be pushing for a start he needs to be making a greater impact off the bench then he did yesterday.
Matt Harrold 5.5 – Put himself about well, as you’d expect, though slightly frustrating that he didn’t just target one of the inexperienced Stevenage defenders and hang off them for deliveries into the box in the closing stages.