Leyton Orient got their season off to a winning start after coming from behind to claim a Carabao Cup first-round win at Forest Green.
Rovers took the lead through Dan Happe’s first-half own goal but two goals in quick succession soon after half-time from Danny Johnson and Conor Wilkinson saw Orient snatch victory.
Ross Embleton’s side fell behind in the 23rd minute when visiting defender Happe poked a Nicky Cadden cross beyond Lawrence Vigouroux.
Rovers had chances to further extend their lead during a tepid first half with Dan Sweeney and Jamille Matt both testing Vigouroux with well-struck efforts.
Orient turned up the heat after the break and two goals in four minutes saw them take command.
Johnson caught out a flat-footed Jordan Moore-Taylor to dink the ball over the advancing Luke McGee after 49 minutes, and they stung Mark Cooper’s side again soon after when Wilkinson cut inside and slammed his shot under the exposed McGee.
Orient almost pinched a third after 78 minutes with McGee thwarting Josh Coulson, punching his point-blank header over from a Jobi McAnuff corner.
Rovers defender Chris Stokes missed a glorious stoppage-time opportunity to take the game to penalties.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 8AdamsBooked at 88mins
- 10CollinsSubstituted forMcCoulskyat 81′minutes
- 14MattSubstituted forStevensat 71′minutes
- 7McAnuffBooked at 80minsSubstituted forWrightat 84′minutes
- 8ClaySubstituted forDaytonat 72′minutes
- 19AngolBooked at 90mins
- 9WilkinsonSubstituted forWiddowsonat 90′minutes
- Craig Hicks
Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Leyton Orient 2.
Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Leyton Orient 2.
Attempt missed. Kane Wilson (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.
Attempt blocked. Kane Wilson (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Nicky Cadden (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Josh Wright (Leyton Orient).
Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Happe.
Lee Angol (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.
Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Daniel Happe (Leyton Orient).
Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Ebou Adams.
Dan Sweeney (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Angol (Leyton Orient).
Substitution, Leyton Orient. Joe Widdowson replaces Conor Wilkinson.
Foul by Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers).
James Brophy (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Luke McGee.
Attempt saved. Lee Angol (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lawrence Vigouroux.
Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).