Leyton Orient manager Richie Wellens conceded that his team didn’t have to reach their peak performance to secure a 3-2 victory against Carlisle United, extending their unbeaten streak to seven games. Wellens acknowledged that a tactical adjustment made during a challenging first half had the intended impact against Paul Simpson’s struggling side.
Despite a promising start, Orient temporarily lost their momentum with backward play and excessive touches for a 20-minute spell. However, Wellens noted that an improvement in the second half, with higher positioning of full-backs, posed difficulties for Carlisle, making Orient a constant goal threat.
Expressing satisfaction with the team’s performance when executing their game plan, Wellens told reporters that after securing a goal before halftime, the remainder of the game felt uneventful. He believed they could have capitalized more, possibly scoring two or three additional goals for a more comfortable lead.
Despite a late penalty giving Carlisle a chance, Wellens deemed it an overall positive day, emphasizing that reaching their highest level wasn’t necessary to secure the three points. The victory marked Orient’s fifth consecutive win against Carlisle United in league and cup competitions.
Wellens, serving a three-game touchline ban, observed the match from the stands and acknowledged the delay in relaying instructions to push the full-backs higher. Despite this, he expressed contentment with the team’s performance in executing the required tactical adjustments, helping Orient climb to ninth in the League One standings while Carlisle United dropped to the bottom.