17/09/2019 7:45 pm
Referee: Josh Smith
|Leyton Orient||Crewe Alexandra|
Goals in each half from Eddie Nolan, his third of the season, and James Jones were enough for Crewe Alexandra to get their fourth victory of the season away from home of the season at Leyton Orient last night. The victory moved the Alex up to second place in the league.
Manager David Artell made 2 changes from Saturday’s home defeat against Cambridge United with Nicky Hunt and Jones came into the team for Olly Lancashire, who dropped down to the bench, and the suspended Paul Green. Midfielder Josh Lundstram was also on the bench to make up the numbers.
The first chance came in the 2nd minute of the game with Orient striker Lee Angol shooting wide in an opening half-hour that was lacking in chances. That changed on the half-hour mark with Daniel Powell hitting the crossbar before Louis Dennis forced a save out of Will Jaaskelainen from distance.
The opening goal of the game came in the 32nd minute with Nolan turning in a right-wing cross from 6 yards out that was deflected before the hosts levelled the game 3 minutes before the break with Nolan playing the ball square allowing Jordan Maguire-Drew to lift the ball over Jaaskelainen.
The hosts had an opportunity to take the lead in the 57th minute with a penalty that saw Hunt foul Josh Wright but Jaaskelainen guessed the right way, saving Maguire-Drew’s spot-kick. Chris Porter would hit the post after great work from captain Perry Ng on the right with 12 minutes left to play but they would get a winner in the final minute with substitute Owen Dale getting in down the left side, his low cross turned in by Jones from around the penalty spot.
We host Salford City on Saturday before a trip to Cheltenham Town a week on Saturday.
What can we learn from this game?
While the goal we conceded was really soft, it was another game where the opposition have only scored through a mistake (or 2 if you include the penalty) and we’ve defended fairly well in the game.
Good to see Jones get his season off to a start, he wasn’t helped by making his only other start in a game that saw most of the team changed, but I was a little surprised that Ainley didn’t come into the team with a slight change of shape into a 4-2-3-1.