Search

O’s head coach eager for forwards to take chances next time

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 September 2018

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Leyton Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Simon O'Connor Photography

Justin Edinburgh also lauded the character of his team after Saturday’s late equaliser at Halifax Town

Justin Edinburgh wants his Leyton Orient forwards to show more of a clinical edge after almost paying the price for missed chances away to Halifax Town on Saturday.

The O’s were heading for a first loss of the season until James Alabi popped up with a stoppage time leveller to earn a 1-1 draw at the Shay.

It extended Orient’s strong start to the new campaign and they have now gone 10 games without a defeat in the new National League term.

While happy to see his team fight back at Halifax, the head coach wants Josh Koroma and Macauley Bonne to make the most of their opportunities next time out.

Speaking to the official club website, Edinburgh said: “We always looked a threat and we got in really good positions, but we were wasteful and that is the only criticism I can have of the front two.

“When those chances come along and when we were dominating for long spells, we failed to get the opening goal we deserved.”

Bonne fired over in the first half while Koroma drilled an effort against the post early in the second period when both should have at least hit the target.

O’s dominance failed to get them any reward and in the 64th minute they gave away a penalty when young centre back Marvin Ekpiteta fouled Matty Kosylo inside the area.

Up stepped Dayle Southwell and he fired straight down the middle to put the hosts ahead with 65 on the clock.

Orient showed superb fight and character, however, to net an equaliser in stoppage time as Koroma’s shot was blocked and Alabi was on hand to slot home his first goal for O’s.

Edinburgh added: “If we had come away with nothing from the game it would have been a travesty.

“We have been playing well, but the way we controlled the game was immense and I was proud of the performance.

“In the dressing room it did feel like two points dropped, but it was great character and we went until the end and got what we deserved.”

Related articles

Latest Hackney Stories

57 minutes ago

After victories at Yeovil Town and Leicester City, Karen Hills’ team were out to earn more success against Sheffield United

Ross Embleton explained how the Leyton Orient squad are aware of opponents raising their game now

28 minutes ago

Police have urged the 200 party goers who attended an 18th birthday celebration on Friday night where the DJ was murdered to get in touch.

12:00

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has been speaking to the Islington Gazette. Read on for what he had to say to Layth Yousif.

The Lilywhites ended a three-game losing run with a 2-1 success at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday

The O’s moved to the top of the table on Saturday after an excellent victory on the road

Five Hackney gang members who sold drugs in Cambridgeshire via two lucrative ‘county lines’ – who were caught when one of them dropped the “trap phone” as he ran away from police - have been sentenced to over 36 years’ imprisonment between them.

Yesterday, 19:50

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been speaking after his side’s 2-0 victory over Everton which has moved the North Londoners up to sixth place. Read on to learn what the head coach has to say about the second half improvement, his take on first goalscorer Alexander Lacazette and Sokratis’ injury



Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists