9:21 am November 30, 2021
Leyton Orient was supported by more than 900 traveling fans in Northamptonshire as they looked to end their winless run away from home against Northampton Town, which flew up and down on Saturday.
Having only scored one road point at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday despite gaining a lead and creating multiple chances to score three points on the road, it was again a similar story for Orient far from home.
Leading up to the Cobblers game it was always going to be a tough game for the O’s with Northampton sitting in the top four and having a very strong home record.
The first 15/20 minutes were as good as the O’s as they looked on the livelier side without creating a clear chance.
But from that point on, Northampton started taking over the game, creating more chances than Orient and winning key battles in midfield.
It was very obvious that the O’s missed midfielder general Craig Clay, who was sent off the squad due to injury.
The shoemakers started adding up their corner counts, which was a smart play on their part with much of the East’s conceded goals coming from set pieces.
In the end, the pressure was too great since Jon Brady’s men found themselves in front from the 41st minute.
A long inn at the O’s box causing trouble and Sam Hoskins was there to knock the house.
Disappointing for Kenny Jackett to concede another scrappy goal inside the box where the defense fell asleep stopping at the wrong time.
With the poor display in the first half, there was hope and expectation from loyal travelers that things would improve in the second half with the O’s shot at the fans at the outside.
Orient had over 61% possession in the second half but failed to test Cobblers goaltender Liam Roberts.
The second-half performance was one of the worst halves in football the O’s have produced all season as they looked stuck for ideas lacking in creativity in the final third.
This resulted in a long aimless bullet all the way to the big target man Harry Smith who came to naught.
A frustrating performance from the former Northampton man Smith who didn’t seem like a threat to the Cobblers’ defense.
The full-time whistle sounded and it was Orient’s third loss of the season. Their winless road run stretched to 78 days, beating the Bristol Rovers 3-1.
An interesting week for all those connected with the Orient. One thing is for sure if the O’s are to be promoted this season, then their away form must resume immediately.
Notes from Jaden players:
* Star Man – Dan Kemp – The number 10 in the Orient is the only player to earn any credit after putting in a good shift and watching the O’s biggest threat.
L. Vigouroux – 6
T. Archibald – 5
S. Ogie – 6
O. Beckles – 6.5
A. Mitchell – 5
T. James – 5
D. Pratley – 4.5
H. Kyprianou – 5
*D. Kemp – 7
A. Drinan – 5.5
H. Smith – 4
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