Impressive O’s are back on track

Leyton Orient v Bradford City – Sky Bet League Two – Breyer Group Stadium – Reaction

Leyton Orient 2-0 Bradford City

Second-half goals from Ruel Sotiriou and Harry Smith enabled Leyton Orient to see off Bradford City at The Breyer Group Stadium and bounce back from a midweek setback at the hands of Harrogate Town.

O’s moved into sith place following the success: “We bounced back well from our midweek Harrogate defeat. And, it was a hard-fought win against a very good Bradford side that will be up there at the end of the season,” boss Kenny Jackett explained.

“The way we played today was realistic for this division – whilst it wasn’t on Tuesday and Harrogate did a job on us.

Jackett added: “Against a Bradford side that had scored nine goals in their last three games, we limited them to one header [in the first-half]. But, thanks also go to the crowd, as they got right behind us today.

“We scored two excellent goals today and defended very well. We couldn’t get beyond the final third and just couldn’t quite find the ‘moments’ – though we certainly found them after the interval with those two goals.”

Jackett praised goalscorer Sotiriou: “Ruel’s quite a small lad, but he’s a nightmare for big defenders, as he’s very strong and spins his marker.

Smith also impressed Jackett: “Harry has done very well today. He scored a very good goal and was unlucky with one which came back off the bar. And, he’s a different type of striker to Aaron Drinan, as he brings other people into play.”

Goalscorer, Sotiriou, added: “I didn’t actually see my goal. I got behind my marker, spun and then hit it. The next minute I knew that the ball had gone in, as the crowd had erupted.”

Orient travel to Newport County on Saturday, September 4 (3pm). Sotiriou concluded: “Today’s win will give us confidence for our next game against tough opponents.”

Generous in defeat, Bantams boss, Derek Adams conceded: “The best team won today. Orient caused us a lot of problems. We created very few opportunities.”

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Rowland Lyons

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