Declan McCarthy marks the O’s out of 10, as Jay Simpson fires Orient to their first win in five with a 3-2 victory Dagenham & Redbridge.
Following a run of four games without a win, the O’s swept aside now relegated Dagenham & Redbridge in an entertaining five goal thriller at the Matchroom stadium.
Jay Simpson fired the O’s into a two-goal lead going into the break, but goals from Jamie Cureton and Clevid Dikamona in the second-half restored a slim glimmer of hope for the visitors who were fighting to stay in League Two before Armand Gnanduillet hammered home a 65th minute winner for the O’s.
With Stevenage winning at home against Newport, the defeat against Leyton Orient for John Still’s men confirmed Dagenham & Redbridge would be relegated from League Two down to the National League.
Orient are currently in 10th place, two points off the playoff zone as they come to the end of the season. With only four games remaining it certainly is ‘squeaky clean’ time as a number of sides fight for a spot in the playoffs and a potential final in Wembley.
Alex Cisak – (7) – Made crucial saves when called upon by the Dagenham forwards. Although he was well beaten by Cureton for the first Dagenham goal, the goalkeeper produced fine saves throughout the match, including a stunning save deep into stoppage time.
Nicky Hunt – (6.5) – Played right-back and showed his leadership skills throughout the match. Has become a key member of this Orient side.
Shaun Brisley – (6.5) – Alongside Mathieu Baudry, Brisley looked strong, calm and collective. Had to deal with the pace of Cureton, Matty Cash and Ashley Hemmings and although the scoreline may suggest he didn’t, he certainly did.
Mathieu Baudry – (6) – The Frenchman’s first game back since Oxford United and the defender looked sharp and composed throughout despite picking up a slight head injury in the first half. Was to blame for the first Daggers goal however with a weak header back to Cisak which allowed Cureton to nip in.
Jerome Binnom-Williams – (6.5) – Was helped by the fact Dagenham didn’t cause too much danger down the right side of midfield. But linked up well with Blair Turgott throughout the match.
Sean Clohessy – (7) – Played a vital role for Orient’s first goal by producing the cross that lead to Simpson’s third minute opener. The winger showed his ability to adapt throughout the course of the match as he switched to the left in the latter stages of the game.
Nigel Atangana – (7) – Powerful, strong and partnered up well with midfielder Lloyd James. Came off for Jack Payne following a hamstring injury. Defended hard and well for the O’s
Lloyd James – (7.5) – Alongside Atangana, and later Jack Payne, James connected well and gave Orient a great outlet which helped the hosts spring onto the counter attack with his range of passing. However, the midfielder did start to struggle in the final 10 minutes and this may be down to the Achilles injury that kept him out for three months.
Blair Turgott – (7) – The pacey winger started for the first time since January 16, and caused problems all game for Dagenham with his pace, but does lack that physical element to his game. Nonetheless, he provided two assists and had a solid performance overall.
MOTM Jay Simpson – (8) – Grabbed his 24th goal of the season within three minutes of the start, and added his 25th in first half stoppage time. Solid performance from the 27-year-old who is now only one behind Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor in the race to finish as League Two’s top scorer.
Armand Gnanduillet – (7) – Great in the air, supported and linked up well with Simpson. Needs to work on hitting the target but his aerial ability does make up for it and was rewarded as the striker got himself onto the scoresheet.
Ollie Palmer – (6.5) – Replaced Gnanduillet, provided very much the same aerial threat. Could have scored himself had he not been denied by a terrific stop from Daggers goalkeeper Mark Cousins before seeing a later effort headed off the line by Joe Widdowson.
Jack Payne – (6) – Came on for Atangana and gave full control in the middle of the field. Done what was asked, and that was to prevent the Dagenham midfield from gaining momentum in the closing minutes.