Leyton Orient vs Bradford City: Match Report

Bradford City’s season went from bad to worse as Leyton Orient were victors as Dan Happe got on the end of Jordan Maguire-Drew’s free kick to seal all three points for Ross Embleton’s men.

Leyton Orient came into this game after defeating Harrogate Town 3-0 on the weekend, Danny Johnson started again after bagging all three for The O’s. Bradford City look to gain form after a poor start to the season saw them in 19th before kick off, their last league win being three weeks ago to the day after putting three past Southend United.

The first real attack of the game fell to Bradford after five minutes, as Connor Wood cut inside past Sam Ling and unleashed an effort which was cannoned over the Orient bar.

A short string of tackles in the midfield saw the ball in the feet of Connor Wood who’s shot is driven across the face of the goal. A strong start for The Bantams.

Bradford City threatened the Leyton Orient defence once again after a beautiful long ball found Billy Clarke who’s cross bounced off of the leg of O’s defender Josh Coulson which Lawrence Vigouroux was quick to get down to and parry behind for a corner.

Tyler French was the first to be booked, after tricky Orient forward James Brophy got the better of French who took him down just in front of the byline.

A nice one-two between Sam Ling and James Brophy had Orient on the edge of the Bradford box, after finding Connor Wilkinson who’s fancy footwork was cleared away by Paudie O’Connor.

Leyton Orient counter attack on the 30 minute mark after a Bradford cross from Anthony O’Connor was caught by Orient shot stopper Vigouroux, the eventual counter attack lead to nothing as Connor Wilkinson’s low cross was cleared for a throw.

Bradford City continued to pile on the pressure as a short pass from Dennis was cut out by Anthony O’Connor who laid the ball to Connor Wood who was able to switch the play where Tyler French’s cross ricocheted off of Joe Widdowson and out for a throw.

A poor pass from Dan Happe allowed Bradford City to attack through Tyler French who’s cross was cleared out to the midfield, where Billy Clarke was able to play Clayton Donaldson through who’s shot was deflected out for a corner. The last chance before the half time break.

The first chance of the second half fell to The O’s, substitute Jordan Maguire-Drew found Louis Dennis who played a ball through to James Brophy who delivered a low cross that was deflected across the face of the goal with Danny Johnson unable to get the final touch just two yards out.

Austin Samuels was found with a well-weighted over the top ball but his shot was cleared by Dan Happe and out for a corner, which was eventually collected by Lawrence Vigouroux. A slow start from The Bantams 15 minutes after the restart.

The O’s had the next chance from a corner, which resulted in a free kick for the away side, after Dan Happe collided with a Bradford defender.

A breakthrough after 63 minutes which fell for The O’s! A lovely finessed free kick from Jordan Maguire-Drew allowed Dan Happe a glancing header which found the back of the net. A surprising goal given the way the game had gone, but a welcome goal nonetheless.

A very slow paced second half in E10 didn’t see many attacks going into the 75th minute. A cross from Connor Wood was deflected into the path of Kian Scales who was unable to provide a vital touch before Vigouroux gathered the ball.

The O’s nearly had two after Jordan Maguire-Drew had a free kick hit the side netting after Jobi McAnuff was bought down on the edge of the box by Anthony O’Connor, who was given a yellow card for the rash challenge.

Leyton Orient top scorer Danny Johnson had been kept fairly quiet, his first notable chance coming in the 83rd after a half volley was blocked by Bradford defender Ben Richards-Everton

Another free kick in this game, this time for Bradford. An in-swinging cross beat Lawrence Vigouroux who looked to gather, but no Bradford men were able to get on the end of it before Jobi McAnuff cleared the ball from danger.

Leyton Orient were able to withstand the Bradford City pressure and take home all three points thanks to Dan Happe’s header. This is first league win Leyton Orient have over Bradford since April 2007 as Bradford continue their poor start to what seemed to be a promising season.

This result finds Leyton Orient sit in 8th place, just one spot from the play offs as the travel to Port Vale on the weekend, who lost to Stevenage this evening. Bradford welcome fellow strugglers Oldham Athletic in the second round of the FA Cup.

Man of the Match: Dan Happe

By Joe Pavett

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