February 9, 2001 9:20: AFTER TWO successive defeats, Leyton Orient got back to winning ways on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 win over Halifax Town at Brisbane Road.

And the result left boss Tommy Taylor in good cheer, particularly in regard to the performance of Lorenzo Pinamonte who scored on his debut by getting the faintest of touches to an Andy Harris cross.

Taylor said: "He did very well, especially as it was his first League game for a while. He held the ball up and passed it around. He gives us something that we have lacked in that area.

"He's got real quality and a lovely left foot. He definitely got a touch for the goal. I know Andy (Harris) hasn't scored for a long time but he'll have to keep on waiting."

Further goals came in the second half from Ahmet Brkovic and Steve Watts.

Taylor said: "Ahmet played a good game, keeping things simple. If we keep on playing those simple balls, we can create chances.

"Steve is a superstar coming off the bench, and it's good to have that option there. A couple of other results went our way so it was an important win.

"I thought our back four was excellent, Halifax only had one shot in the 90 minutes. David McGhee had toplay in a different role but he was magnificent. Simon Downer made a couple of errors,he got a bit sloppy when we were 2-0 up and he could have been a bit more professional.

"Matt Lockwood just opened the joint in his knee in training last week and wasn't fit. Hopefully he will be back for Saturday, but if not I will stick with the same team.

"All of last week we were working on closing people down, and we did that very well against Halifax. We must do that for the rest of the season."

Orient visit Hull City on Saturday, providing their hosts can resolve their present financial plight and prevent their ground from being locked up.

Taylor added: "We need to go there and play well as they are a good footballing team.

"They have got a few big lads who can do a bit of damage, especially Kevin Francis (6'7"). But if we play well we will get a good result."

Striker Kelechi Opara is to go on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge and youth forward Jay Murray is on loan to Chelmsford City. Midfielder Nicky Shorey is on trial at Reading.