Leyton Orient vs Northampton Town – Player Ratings

Leyton Orient - Courtesy of Simon O'Connor
Leyton Orient – Courtesy of Simon O’Connor

Declan McCarthy marks the O’s out of 10, as Orient are swept aside by league leaders…

A clinical second half performance from the visitors saw Orient slump to a 4-0 defeat at home – placing the O’s down in ninth position in League Two.

It took 55 minutes for the deadlock to be broken and it was Rod McDonald who scored after the half-time interval, Ricky Holmes scored an explicit goal and two late goals from James Collins saw Orient suffer another home defeat.

The defeat is Leyton Orient’s third home defeat in four matches at the Matchroom Stadium.

Player ratings:

Alex Cisak (6) – Had a tough evening. Couldn’t stop any of the goals, not due to a lack of ability but because the quality of the goals were so high.

MOTM – Nicky Hunt (7.5) – Linked up well with the midfield, in particular McAnuff. Both caused problems for Northampton in the first half.

Mathieu Baudry (5.5) – The Frenchman had a difficult evening up against Marc Richards who had a successful 90 minutes making life hard for Baudry.

Shaun Brisley (6.5) – For any defence to concede four goals it’s difficult to say any defender performed well, but Brisley was averagely good on his second appearance for the club. Nearly came close to scoring in the second half.

Frazer Shaw (6) – The 21-year-old struggled in the first half but connected well with McAnuff in the second. Grew into the game as time went on.

Jack Payne (5) – Performed well in the first half but the midfielders lack of consistency showed as the Peterborough loanee lacked the character in the second half and was substituted.

Jobi McAnuff (7) – Was the only consistent creative prospect for Orient throughout the match. Switched from right to left and the 34-year-old impressed on both wings.

Sammy Moore (6.5) – The 28-year-old looked lively alongside Kevin Nolan in the centre of midfield – Could see a real positive relationship between the pair blossoming with time.

Kevin Nolan CM (6) – Player-manager Nolan must not be discredited as a player. Put in a real shift, had his best performance in an Orient shirt. Just needs to get fitter to enable him to perform at a high standard for 90 minutes, which will only come in time.

Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (6) – Was clearly marked out the game by Northampton. Without Shaw providing the overlap the left winger really struggled as he was consistently doubled up on by the Northampton defence.

Jay Simpson (5) – Had a few opportunities. Would have changed the course of the game if Simpson would have headed the O’s ahead early on. The former Arsenal striker looked to be struggling alone up front heading a 4-1-4-1.

SUBS:

Armand Gnanduillet (6) – Took time to settle into the match. Nearly assisted Nolan with a fine low driven cross.

Ollie Palmer (6.5) – Linked up well with Simpson, as we’ve seen in the past, very dynamic in the air.

Bradley Pritchard (5) – Didn’t really change the match. Needed to make a bigger impact into the game than he did.

Declan McCarthy

I’m an Editor at Risingeast.co.uk covering East London based side, Leyton Orient football club.
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