Hartlepool United 3 Leyton Orient 1: Match reaction, Ronnie Moore happy with TV thriller

Pools match-winners, two-goal Jake Gray and Kudus Oyenuga
Pools match-winners, two-goal Jake Gray and Kudus Oyenuga

Ronnie Moore hailed Jake Gray after the Crystal Palace loan player inspired Hartlepool United to a 3-1 win over Leyton Orient.

After the first half ended 1-1, Pools suffered an occasional flutter just after the break.

But Gray changed the game 20 minutes from time, scoring from the edge of the area, with the help of a generous deflection from defender Alan Dunne.

However, there was nothing lucky about the match-clincher 20 minutes from time, scoring superbly past Charlie Grainger after being set up by new loan signing Kal Naismith.

“There's nothing better than winning and it’s nice to get back-to-back wins," said Moore.

"You could see we were very nervous early doors, the crowd were anxious.

"Then we go a goal down out of nothing, but in the second half we showed a lot of character to come back and play.

"I think if the third goal is scored in the Premier League, it would be talked about for ages.

"Overall, I think we just about deserved it.

“Jake gets forward, we’ve not had played who want to get forward like that. Jake has talent – not the most physical, but full of energy and can go past people.

“It’s nice for a young lad who is an attack-minded player to get goals."

Leyton Orient took an early lead through Brad Pritchard before Kudus Oyenuga equalised on 20 minutes from the penalty spot after his cross was handled by Dunne in the box.

“The penalty turned it for us," said Moore.

"It was blatant and the linesman on our side didn’t even give it!

"There’s no Billy, so it’s up to the players who takes it. Kudus picked it up, Scott made half an effort for it, but that's all it was, half an effort.

“I didn’t fancy him to be honest, and turned my back, but he got it."