Notts County man of the match: Louis Laing

It was a tale of two halves for Notts County tonight as they drew 1-1 with struggling Leyton Orient, with both goals coming from the penalty spot.

The first half saw County dominate, netting from the spot through Zeli Ismail and staving off any Orient threat, thanks in large to our man of the match Louis Laing.

The on-loan defender was looking to build on his impressive debut as he helped the Magpies claim a valuable point against high-fliers Peterborough on Saturday.

Laing slotted into the centre of defence alongside Haydn Hollis and looked comfortable from the off.

And throughout the first 45 minutes the former Sunderland man was solid and reliable in all aspects of his play.

He was victorious in every aerial battle with Orient’s lone striker Chris Dagnall and looked assured and composed in possession.

The second half saw a less imposing Laing as Orient gained a real foothold, equalising through a Dagnall penalty and going on to control the game.

Despite the 1-1 scoreline, it was a professional display from the young Nottingham Forest loanee, who was praised by his teammate Liam Noble after the game.

He said: “It’s a young back four we have here, probably the youngest in the league.”

“He (Laing) has done really well tonight. To come up against Leyton Orient who were in the play-offs last year, they’ve all done really well.”

Laing is a product of the Sunderland youth academy, recently signing for County’s neighbours Nottingham Forest on a free transfer.

The former England U21s defender is on a months loan from Forest and Derry has recently expressed interest in further developing the clubs’ relationship.

Alex Clarke

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