Wellens insistent that O’s haven’t yet reached top gear

Brian Jeeves

Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United – Sky Bet League Two – Brisbane Road – Reaction

Leyton Orient 4-2 Hartlepool United

Richie Wellens was satisfied with his Leyton Orient side but insisted they still had another gear following their entertaining 4-2 victory over struggling Hartlepool United at Brisbane Road.

Orient started and finished the day at the top of Sky Bet League Two and looked every bit promotion-material as far as an attacking force.

George Moncur opened the scoring with a second-minute penalty and although Westley McDonald equalised for the Pools, seconds after the O’s were denied a stonewall spot-kick by referee, Declan Bourne, Man of the Match, Charlie Kelman fired the East Londoners back in front before the interval.

Paul Smyth put further daylight between the two sides two minutes after the restart. However, Hartlepool again found a lifeline when Josh Umerah scored from the spot.

But Orient were far from finished. Ruel Sotiriou complete the scoring to leave Wellens’ men a point clear of Barrow at the summit:  “I still think there is more to come from us,” the O’s boss explained.

“I’ve been there as a player when people expect you to win.

“The start was a dream start. We could have been two or three up and then we gave a goal away. On transition, we were a little bit poor today. But some of our attacking play, some of our football was exciting.

“We scored four. We could have scored a lot of goals.

“On transition, they were really patient. They stayed in the game all the time and never gave in.”

Speaking about the denied spot-kick, Wellens added: “I think the referee was poor today.

“I think it was a penalty and should have been a sending-off because he had no intention of going to the ball. He just took Paul Smyth out.

“We also had a couple of things that went against us in terms of decisions, but we responded well from that.”


Brian Jeeves

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