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‘A draw was a fair result’ – Rob Edwards on Orient point

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Forest Green boss Rob Edwards declared himself satisfied with a point at Kenny Jackett’s Leyton Orient.

Table-topping Rovers stretched their unbeaten away record to nine matches in a high-octane clash in London against an O’s side looking to make a promotion push under the guile of Jackett.

Matty Stevens’ ninth goal in 13 games looked to have taken the points back to Gloucestershire, but Orient substitute Ruel Sotiriou netted parity with a sweet finish for the hosts.

Edwards said: “I thought both teams really went for it and cancelled each other out at times.

“We showed moments of bravery when we hit on the ball and when we do that, we show people we are a good team but on reflection. I thought a draw was a fair result.

Rob Edwards Pic: Pro Sports Images

“Obviously after going one-nil up there is a tinge of disappointment and conceding in the manner that we did but removing the emotion, I am fairly pleased with all the lads’ effort tonight.

“Even if we had won the game, I always know we can do better and the lads know that as well.

“I’m not going to stand here and say ‘it was a top performance’ but a point at Leyton Orient on a Tuesday night is a good point.”

Earlier, Rovers made one change from the side that beat Scunthorpe United on Saturday – Stevens was restored to the starting eleven with Jake Young returning to the bench. A cagey start saw plenty of intent, but the first-half was devoid of chances apart from a Stevens’ header which was cleared off the line by O’s midfielder Hector Kyprianou.

Star Man: Dom Bernard, kept Harry Smith at bay Pic: Pro Sports Images

Rovers coped with the threat of beanpole striker Harry Smith, with Dom Bernard in imperious form.

Orient looked a threat and the lively Paul Smyth found the side netting with a left-footed strike following a huge kick by goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

Rovers broke the deadlock with 22 minutes to go, with Edwards ready to make a double change – Ben Stevenson’s corner found the head of Stevens who powered home.

Nicky Cadden drives forward Pic: Pro Sports Images

Eight minutes later and the home side netted parity. Regan Hendry and Stevenson went for the same ball which allowed Orient to counter with Sotiriou stepping on the gas to fizz beyond Luke McGee. Rovers’ No1 denied a certain goal when throwing up a strong glove to deny Omar Beckles.

Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, James, Wood (Archibald 61’), Smyth (Sotiriou 61’), Smith, Kemp, Mitchell, Pratley, Beckles, Ogie, Kyprianou (Clay 88’)

Unused subs: Byrne, Happe, Drinan, Omotoye

Goals: Sotiriou 76’

Yellow Cards: Pratley 62’

Forest Green Rovers: McGee, Wilson, Bernard, Cargill, Stevenson, Adams, Stevens (Young 78’), Cadden, Matt, Moore-Taylor, Hendry (Aitchison 78’)

Unused subs: Thomas, Evans, Gowin-Malife, Diallo, March

Goals: Stevens 68’

Yellow Cards: Adams 45’

Star Man: Dom Bernard.

Next up: Rovers welcome Salford City to the Fully Charged New Lawn, Saturday, 3pm.

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