Gnanduillet Shines As O’s Overcome The Red Devils

Image courtesy of Simon O'Connor
Image courtesy of Simon O’Connor

Sebastian Liggenstorfer marks the Orient players out of 10 after a dominant win over Crawley Town

Leyton Orient beat Crawley Town for only the second time in eight games, thanks to two goals from Armand Gnanduillet. The striker opened the scoreline after 42 minutes with a brilliant strike from 25-yards, and doubled the O’s lead on the 71st minute with a half-volley following Sean Clohessy’s cross.

With this win Orient are now 7th in League Two and are looking for another win on Tuesday night at Carlisle United.

Player Ratings:

Alex Cisak (8) – Had a solid afternoon assisting whenever he was needed. Made some crucial saves in the second half, when it was still only 1-0. Back-to-back clean sheets for the goalkeeper.

Nicky Hunt (7) – Was solid defensively, when needed, and a threat offensively over his right side. Produced some good crosses and was a danger all afternoon with Sean Clohessy over the right wing and had the first chance of the game for Orient after a corner.

Mathieu Baudry (8) – The captain led his defence to another clean sheet. Is starting to form a great partnership with fellow centre back Shaun Brisley.

Shaun Brisley (8) – The match winner from the last game against Notts County put in another performance. Won almost every header and was a threat in the oppositions box for set pieces.

Jerome Binnom-Williams (8.5) – The Crystal Palace loanee made his second start for Orient and played a good game. Was very active on the left side and made some great tackles in the second half. Has a lot of potential and great awareness.

Sean Clohessy (8) – Worked well together with Hunt over the right side. Produced cross after cross and was always a threat. His ball into the box on the 71st minute lead to the second Orient goal.

Nigel Atangana (7) – The Frenchman played a solid game protected the back four well and won almost every ball in midfield with his physical play. Stayed back and allowed midfield partner Kevin Nolan to make offensive runs.

Kevin Nolan (8.5) – The player-manager probably played his best game so far for the O’s. You could find him all over the pitch; he was the vocal and physical leader. Played some great passes and had a great work ethic. Only negative was his unbelievable miss from close range, where he should have scored the second goal for Orient.

Sammy Moore (6.5) – The 28-year-old did not have his best game and was definitely the least productive out of midfield. Orient were more an attacking threat over the right side. His set pieces weren’t as effective today.

Jay Simpson (8) – The League Two top scorer is forming a nice partnership with Armand Gnanduillet. Was always looking to run in the gaps and was a constant threat to the defence. Held the ball up well and knew when to use his pace for counter attacks. Had a few chances, which were blocked by the defenders.

MOTM Armand Gnanduillet (9) – The 23-year-old Ivory Coast striker had a great game and gave the O’s the lift they needed. Scored a stunning goal after 42 minutes from outside the box, and added his second after 71 minutes. Was active all game and always looked to bring in Jay Simpson, and on another day could have added an assist to his two goals. Will be vital for Orient’s Play-Off hopes if he continues to perform like that.

Substitutes:

Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (7) – Gave Orient some more pace for counter attacks towards the end of the game. Was in the game right from the start, with some good crosses from the left wing and had a chance to score.

Ollie Palmer (7) – Did not have a lot of time on the pitch coming on as a 79th minute substitute. Did what he was asked for hold on to the ball upfront. Will have a tough time finding a way back in the starting line-up if Gnanduillet keeps scoring.