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Leyton Orient 3 Walsall 1 - Player ratings

By Liam Keen | Walsall FC | Published: | Last Updated:

Liam Keen rates the Walsall players after the loss away at Leyton Orient.

Dan Scarr wins a header

LIAM ROBERTS

Despite conceding three goals, Roberts wasn't at fault for any of them, and didn't make any glaring errors. His kicking and distribution could have been better, particularly in the second half when it was needed most, but it was another solid display. 6

GARY LIDDLE

The fans may not have warmed to him yet, but there's no doubting he had a decent game, especially in right-back. He's struggled there in past games but was solid in that position against Orient. Once he was moved in-field he wasn't able to have much effect on the game. 6

JAMES CLARKE

Captain Clarke has been exceptional in recent weeks but didn't live up to his high standards against Orient. However, he also didn't do anything majorly wrong. His positioning could have been better for the second home goal but otherwise he was strong. 6

DAN SCARR

Similarly to his centre-back partner Clarke, Scarr did nothing massively wrong but also didn't exert his usual commanding presence. Orient were often going close from set pieces and Scarr, in recent weeks, has been winning everything in the air, but not against Orient. 6

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ZAK JULES

Jules has continued to grow in the left-back position and particularly in the first half against Orient he was a menace going forward. His cross resulted in Sinclair's goal and he was striking up a formidable partnership with McDonald down the left flank. 7

RORY HOLDEN

It needs to click sooner rather than later for Holden who is still struggling to have an effect out wide. He showed glimpses of good link-up play in the first half, but hasn't shown enough. He may be better suited to a central role but management will soon lose patience. 5

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DANNY GUTHRIE

It's obvious that Guthrie has that extra bit of quality and is essential to this team - which he showed in the first half. But his major error that led to the second Orient goal was a turning point in the match that saw Walsall deservedly fall to defeat. 5

LIAM KINSELLA

Kinsella worked hard throughout the match and was good value for a positive rating after his first half display, which saw him hassle the opposition and fight for every ball, often winning it in midfield. As with the rest of the team, however, he wavered in the second half. 6

STUART SINCLAIR

Sinclair took his goal well in the scramble but more importantly he was at the heart of everything Walsall did well in the first half. He won the ball back high up, made runs off Gaffney and made runs from deep. An excellent first half, but he struggled in the second 45. 7

WES MCDONALD

In the first half McDonald was a huge threat from the left, making runs and committing defenders. He should, however, have been more clinical with some of his chances and he's often predictable with his play. He was hauled off again just after an hour. 6

RORY GAFFNEY

Gaffney runs himself into the ground, there's no doubting that, but the final product isn't there yet. He linked up well in the first half and made himself available, but hasn't quite got the goalscoring touch yet. The second half left him frustrated and feeding off scraps. 6

Subs: Norman (for Guthrie 63) 5, Adebayo (for Holden 67) 5, Gordon (for McDonald 67) 5. Subs not used: Rose, Sadler, Bates, Hardy.

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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