O’s long wait for home win over after Trophy victory against Northampton Town
21:44 11 November 2014
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Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern Area quarter-final: Leyton Orient 2 Northampton Town 0
Jay Simpson’s third goal in the competition helped Leyton Orient pick up their first home win of the season as they progressed to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area semi-final after seeing off League Two side Northampton Town.
It was a match the hosts dominated as Simpson coolly slotted past Matt Duke for the first half opener, but Northampton were not without their chances in the second period and the League Two side were made to rue those missed opportunities as Marvin Bartley slotted home to secure Mauro Milanese’s first win as Orient boss.
The O’s made four changes from Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup loss at Oldham with goalkeeper Adam Legzdins and Gary Sawyer made their first starts of the season, while Elliot Omozusi and Bartley were also introduced.
And it was a bright start from the hosts as Simpson did well to play in an unmarked Chris Dagnall but he shot straight at Cobblers goalkeeper Matt Duke.
They remained on the front foot and a well-worked free-kick was played into the path of Dean Cox by Josh Wright.
The former then found Simpson but again his shot was straight at Duke.
Simpson was proving to be a real thorn in the visiting defence and he saw another attempt blocked by Ben Tozer, before he then fired over from 25 yards after finding some space.
Northampton created very little in the opening period, but did have the ball in the back of the net via Ryan Cresswell, however the effort was ruled out for an earlier offside.
Orient were playing some lovely stuff and a good move saw Dagnall flick the ball into the path of strike partner Simpson.
The former Arsenal man was one-on-one with Duke and he kept his composure to slot home from 12 yards.
Cox, once again playing down the left, played a lovely curling ball across for Dagnall but the ball got temporarily stuck under his feet, before he did get an effort away only for it to be blocked.
That was how it remained at the break and Dagnall had yet another chance to get himself on the scoresheet.
He did all the hard work by creating the opening but blazed his shot wide.
A sour note saw goalscorer Simpson hobble off, with young Scott Kashket his replacement.
Northampton tried to change their fortunes with a triple substitution and they did enjoy much more play in the O’s half.
They picked up three corners, but should have levelled when sub Chris Hackett delivered a great ball into the box and Kaid Mohamed connected, however, directed his header off target with everyone expecting the net to bulge.
Dagnall continued to be in the thick of the action and he got a slight touch on substitute Shaun Batt’s cross, but it struck the base of the post as the game remained in the balance.
Substitute Marc Richards then curled a free-kick narrowly wide of Legzdins post, but O’s made sure of the win when Marvin Bartley drilled a shot past Duke from just inside the area.
Cox should have added a third when mounting a counter attack, but curled an effort just wide, however, that first home win was in the bag.
Leyton Orient: Legzdins, Omozusi (Batt 70), Clarke, Lowry, Sawyer, Cox, Wright, Bartley, Pritchard, Dagnall (Baudry 90+2), Simpson (Kashket 52).
Unused substitutes: Plasmati, Woods.
Northampton Town: Duke, Alfei, Cresswell (Langmead 58), Tozer, Collins, Carter, O’Toole, Ravenhill (Hackett 58), Nicholls, Mohamed, Sinclair (Richards 58).
Unused substitutes: Snedker, Byrom.
Attendance: 1,966 (228 Northampton Town fans)
Stats (Leyton Orient first)
Bookings: 0-2 (Tozer, Carter)
Shots on target: 6-1
Shots off target: 9-5