Leyton Orient 0-2 Scunthorpe United
Sky Bet League Two
Leyton Orient are now four League games without a win after the Iron’s Alex Gillead and Lee Novak were both on target, as they grabbed their first away success since January.
In very much a case of ‘plus ça change’, the decision to reinstall Ross Embleton as interim head coach, after the surprise midweek dismissal of Carl Fletcher, had virtually no effect as the shot-shy O’s ended a forgettable week – after their shock FA Cup exit – with barely a whimper.
With the majority of the sell-out crowd barely in their seats, the unmarked Gillead fired spectacularly into the top corner past a static Dean Brill, after the home defence had decent opportunities to clear Kevin van Veen’s driven flag-kick.
For all the O’s pressure, with Dan Happe and James Brophy denied, it took a fine last-ditch Sam Ling block to deny the Iron’s Abo Eisa on the stroke of half-time.
Orient continued to create very little in their opponents’ final third, but Louis Dennis – later to be replaced by James Alabi – wasted the hosts’ only clear cut chance of this contest, but shot straight at Jake Eastwood, on 64 minutes.
Comfortably containing the puffing O’s, Novak – on the break – sealed their win with eleven minutes remaining, shooting high into Brill’s goal, having been allowed a clear run at goal.
It just wasn’t Orient’s day when the bustling Alabi just failed to make contact with fellow sub, Lee Angol’s stoppage time cross, with the goal at his mercy, before seeing the underworked Jake Eastwood block another late effort.
Leyton Orient: Dean Brill, Sam Ling, Marvin Ekpiteta, Josh Coulson, Dan Happe (Lee Angol 65), Jordan Maguire-Drew, Craig Clay, Josh Wright, James Brophy, Matt Harrold, Louis Dennis (James Alabi 74). Subs (not used): Sam Sargeant, Dale Gorman, George Marsh, Jamie Turley, Sam Ogie.
Scunthorpe United: Jake Eastwood, Jordan Clarke, Harrison McGahey, Kgosi Ntlhe, Lund, Alex Gillead, James Perch, Lee Novak, Rory McArdle, Abo Eisa (Andy Butler 90). Kevin van Veen (John McAtee 79). Subs (not used): Rory Watson, Ryan Colclough, Andy Dales, Jacob Bedeau, Jamie Proctor.
Referee: Brett Huxtable
Assistants: Paul Yates, Andrew Laver
Fourth Official: Paul Kelly