Leyton Orient 0-0 Colchester United, League Two: report, ratings and verdict


Leyton Orient 4-3-3



Colchester United 4-2-3-1

Half Time: 0 - 0 Brisbane Road ( Attendance: NA )
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It’s now 360 minutes without a goal for Leyton Orient as they recorded a dull stalemate with Colchester United at Brisbane Road.

With both sides entering the fixture having scored zero goals in their last six combined matches it was perhaps no surprise the game lacked quality.

It was Orient who started the better of the two with Conor Wilkinson seeing a low shot from distance tipped behind before heading Dan Kemp’s corner just over the bar.

However, the best chance of the first-half and indeed the game fell to the visitors in the 20th minute – Frank Nouble heading Miles Welch-Hayes’ cross against the angle of post and upright.

The second period saw the two sides cancel each other out once more although the impressive Welch-Hayes had a header deflected just over and Wilkinson saw two efforts saved by Colchester keeper Shamal George.

But that was as good as it got as both sides respectively recorded their fourth straight game without a goal.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Frank Nouble’s 20th minute header crashed off the crossbar and bounced on the line. A lucky moment for the O’s and one that ensured they didn’t lose the game.

Moan of the Match

4-3-3 wasn’t working at any point in the match for Orient yet Ross Embleton didn’t change his side’s shape – they have to be more flexible when teams like Colchester sit back.

Talking Point

The O’s have recruited heavily in the transfer window but they look just as dependent on Danny Johnson’s goals which must be a worry for Embleton.

Man of the Match

Conor Wilkinson  – there was little of note to get excited about but what good Orient did do, came through his individual brilliance.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire) – an efficient and well managed game by the man in the middle.


A healthy crowd of 14 braved the second-half rain to cheer the O’s on from the surrounding flats but it wasn’t enough to secure the win.


Four games without a goal despite a side bolstered by four new arrivals. The natives might be locked out but they will be getting restless if this run isn’t turned around soon.

Line Ups

Leyton Orient 4-3-3

Vigouroux; Ling (Happe, 60), Akinola, Thompson, Brophy; Freeman, Cisse, Clay (McAnuff, 58); Wilkinson, Abrahams, Kemp (Johnson, 77)

Subs not used:

Sargeant, Widdowson, Dayton, Dennis

Colchester United 4-2-3-1

George; Welch-Hayes, Eastman, Smith, Doherty (Clampin, 73); Chilvers (Stevenson, 65), Lapslie; Poku (Senior, 71), Sarpong-Wiredu, Harriott; Nouble

Subs not used:

Sowunmi, Coulter, Oteh, Brown


Doherty, Chilvers

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