Leyton Orient end winless league run at home with emphatic victory over Crewe Alexandra
16:54 22 November 2014
2 Burnham Road Chingford London E4 8PE
League One: Leyton Orient 4 Crewe Alexandra 1
Leyton Orient picked up a vital first home league win of the season as they saw off fellow strugglers Crewe Alexandra at Brisbane Road.
Gianvito Plasmati headed home their first half opener, before strike partner Chris Dagnall added a second.
Dean Cox extended their margin with a close-range effort after 61 minutes, but Anthony Grant’s strike 20 minutes from time proved to be a mere consolation as David Mooney slotted home a late fourth to seal the win.
The O’s made two enforced changes from the side which lost out 3-2 at Gillingham last weekend with the injured duo of Shane Lowry and Jay Simpson missing out as Elliot Omozusi and Dagnall came into the side.
Crewe started the half brightly and George Ray headed a second-minute corner over the bar.
And while the hosts still looked susceptible at the back, things looked a lot more promising up the other end.
A good ball in from Dagnall went unrewarded, before a good team move resulted in Andrea Dossena volleying straight at Crewe goalkeeper Ben Garratt.
The O’s were certainly a threat going forward and some nice link-up play between Dagnall and Plasmati teed up Josh Wright but his shot was comfortably gathered by Garratt.
The hosts had to be thankful to Omozusi when he cleared a Brad Inman cross after he had rounded goalkeeper Adam Legzdins.
And Mauro Milanese’s side soon took the lead as some more incisive forward play saw Dean Cox find Dagnall and his ball into the box from the left was met by Plasmati six yards out and he headed home.
It was certainly looking a lot better for the hosts and they opened up a two-goal cushion on 35 minutes when a great right-wing ball in from Wright found Dagnall and fired a lovely finish past Garratt.
The O’s took the lead into the half-time break and Cox went close after some good link-up play between Dagnall, Wright and Pritchard.
Scott Cuthbert’s header from a Cox corner was goalbound before hitting Plasmati as Dagnall flashed another effort wide after making good progress down the left.
And if it wasn’t for former O’s loanee Jamie Ness it would have been three as he cleared Nathan Clarke’s header off the line.
Orient had been threatening the whole half and they finally scored the third as Dagnall beat the offside trap and though his initial shot was saved by Garratt, Cox was there to prod home the rebound.
The O’s were in full flow now and substitute David Mooney took aim from 20 yards but Garratt held.
Crewe did pull one back with 20 minutes remaining as Grant’s well-struck effort from 20 yards found the top corner.
There was a slight nervousness around the ground as you would expect having not won at home in the league all season.
Marcus Haber glanced a header over the bar as the Railwaymen continued to press for a second and went close with five minutes remaining.
But the O’s made sure of the three points when they made a quick breakaway and Dagnall fed Mooney who slotted home.
Only a smart near post save from Garratt denied Mooney a second, but the O’s had done enough to secure their first three-point return at home of this season.
Leyton Orient: Legzdins, Omozusi, Cuthbert, Clarke, Dossena (Sawyer 66), Pritchard, Wright (Price 80), Vincelot, Cox, Dagnall, Plasmati (Mooney 56)
Unused substitutes: Baudry, McAnuff, Batt, Woods.
Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Davis, Ray, Dugdale (Cooper 71), Tutton, Inman, Saunders (Haber 71), Waters (Jones 71), Leigh, Ness. Grant.
Unused substitutes: Shearer, Guthrie, Atkinson, Baillie.
Attendance: 5,516 (314 Crewe Alexandra fans)