Leyton Orient 1-1 Forest Green Rovers, League Two: report, ratings and verdict


Leyton Orient 3-4-1-2



Forest Green Rovers 3-4-1-2

Half Time: 0 - 0 Brisbane Road ( Attendance: 4,391 (161) )
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Second-half goals from Matty Stevens and Ruel Sotiriou ensured the spoils were shared as Leyton Orient and Forest Green Rovers played out a 1-1 draw at Brisbane Road.

Following consecutive goalless draws at home, Orient started the game with an improved tempo. 

However, it was the visitors who had the standout chance of an even first-half when Hector Kyprianou was forced to clear Matty Stevens’ effort off the line.

The second period started in an even vein, but it was the league leaders who broke the deadlock when Stevens powerfully headed home Ben Stevenson’s corner in the 68th minute.

Orient responded well and were level eight minutes later when substitute Sotiriou fired home a pinpoint finish into the far bottom corner after being released down the right by Dan Kemp.

And the O’s could have snatched it late on when Omar Beckles was denied by an excellent instinctive save from Forest Green Rovers keeper Luke McGee.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

Ruel Sotiriou’s sublime equaliser with what was Orient’s first shot on target of the match livened up an otherwise low-key encounter.

Moan of the Match

Leyton Orient appear to have become a little bit hesitant on the ball in front of their own fans – and it’s causing them to drop precious points.

Talking Point

Were the O’s lucky to get away with one after Omar Beckles’ first-half handball in the area?

Man of the Match

Ruel Sotiriou – the Cypriot injected new life into what was an otherwise subdued second-half performance.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Christopher Pollard (Suffolk) – the home fans will be happy he didn’t believe that Omar Beckles’ first-half handball was worthy of a penalty, but it was arguably cancelled out by a questionable corner for Forest Green’s opener.


The equaliser livened up what was starting to become a very flat and frustrated atmosphere in E10.


An improved performance from Saturday’s goalless draw against Walsall but Kenny Jackett’s O’s still have a little way off their impressive early season form.

Line Ups

Leyton Orient 3-4-1-2

Vigouroux; Mitchell, Beckles, Ogie; James, Kyprianou (Clay, 88), Pratley, Wood (Archibald, 61); Kemp; Smyth (Sotiriou, 61), Smith

Subs not used:

Byrne, Happe, Drinan, Omotoye



Forest Green Rovers 3-4-1-2

McGee; Bernard, Moore-Taylor, Cargill; Wilson, Stevenson, Hendry (Young, 79), Cadden; Adams; Matt, Stevens (Aitchison, 79)

Subs not used:

Thomas, Evans, Godwin-Malife, Diallo, March



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