Swindon v Leyton Orient fan's view
Leyton Orient are finally ‘open for business’ after they sprung probably the surprise of the day.
You could have got generous odds of 6-1 for an Orient away win - our first since late March - but hopefully this is the catalyst that will see us climb away from the foot of the table.
But, to anyone present, this was never the surprise recent form and league standings suggested. The O’s were positive from the off and had Michael Symes and Kevin Lisbie buried their first-half chances, then that elusive, first win could have become reality sooner.
Once again - however - the gaffer has shown his astuteness in the transfer market and has picked out a couple of gems in Lee Cook and Martin Rowlands.
After all, you must be of reasonable quality to have played in the Premiership and both the new boys showed the bit of class that has been sadly lacking.
We knew all about Cooky, and Rowlands at least showed some good touches in pre-season and stamped his mark on the midfield at the County Ground. Not only did they hold the ball up when required, but being attack-minded, it took the pressure of our defence - that has been working overtime this season.
It was that bit of quality from Cook that saw us grab the goal that even the most partisan Swindon fans would admit had been on the cards.
But, it came from an unlikely source in Leon McSweeney - who was never a first-choice a month ago and looked set to only play a bit-part with new signing, Lloyd James, beginning the new season in the right-back berth.
But, McSweeney - who likes to overlap - did just that as his peach of a cross provided the ‘ammo’ for Cook to emphatically drive home.
Now we’ve managed that first away win, it is now important that Brisbane Road becomes a fortress and the fans get behind the team as the new signings have completely changed the shape of the side - and for the better - and hopefully we can now start a long-awaited climb up the League One table.
The sky is the limit and what better way, in front of the live TV cameras against the Auld Enemy, Brentford, on Thursday night. Away wins are no good unless you can back them up with home successes.
Keep the faith,
Up the O’s