Walsall 0 – 2 Leyton Orient
Despite a below-par performance, Orient continued their good league run with victory at Walsall on Tuesday.
Russell Slade’s men made it five wins in six games and extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games thanks to goals in either half from Harry Kane and Jonathan Tehoue.
After the game, full-back Charlie Daniels praised match winner Tehoue, who came off the bench to score net his twelfth goal of the campaign.
He said: “We know Jonny is big and strong and powerful. When he does come on when he doesn’t start he doesn’t stop working.
“When defenders have been running around for 70 to 75 minutes and they see big Jonny coming on, they probably aren’t too happy about it.”
Orient named an unchanged side from that which beat Notts County on Saturday, but after starting well were put under pressure by the home side.
However, the O’s took the lead just before half-time when on-loan Tottenham Hotspur starlet Kane headed home Dean Cox’s deflected cross.
The home side started the second half brightly with Jamie Jones smartly saving a 20-yard free kick from Walsall’s Richard Taundry.
Orient’s French super-sub doubled the away side’s lead in the 56th minute – six minutes after replacing the injured Alex Revell – finishing from close range after good play down the left from Daniels.
Daniels nearly had his sixteenth assist of the season a few minutes later, but Walsall’s Jimmy Walker saved well from Kane at the back post.
Slade’s men held on to take the three points and are now seventh in League One – eight points behind MK Dons with four games in hand.
Orient host Oldham on Saturday and Slade hinted that he may rotate his squad.
“We have one or two injury worries,” he said.
“Even in victory we do try to make changes if we think it is right, I do try to use the full squad available because I believe in them.
“Just because you win a football match doesn’t necessarily mean you pick the same personnel to go and win the next game.”