Match ends, Leyton Orient 0, Plymouth Argyle 2.
Goals from Jimmy Spencer and Ryan Donaldson earned League Two leaders Plymouth victory at nine-man Leyton Orient.
It was to prove a baptism of fire for O's interim manager Andy Edwards, who stood in after Andy Hessenthaler was sacked on Monday.
With only 20 seconds on the clock, Orient captain Robbie Weir lunged in with a heavy tackle on Ben Purrington and was shown a red card by referee Charles Breakspear.
On 12 minutes, the table-toppers took the lead when David Goodwillie slipped a free-kick past a static home defence for Spencer to run on and slide the ball past keeper Alex Cisak.
Then O's midfielder Liam Kelly limped out of the game with an injury before Orient's problems were further compounded when their debutant defender Jens Janse saw red after being adjudged to be the last man when he brought down Jake Jervis.
The home side showed battling qualities against an Argyle outfit for whom Graham Carey was an influential playmaker.
However, the visitors failed to add to the slender advantage as Cisak parried away a Carey effort and then saved a close-range shot by Spencer.
Early in the second period, Nigel Atangana, who had replaced Kelly, was himself substituted after suffering a leg injury.
The one-way traffic continued after the break as the heroic Cisak prevented the visitors causing further damage producing outstanding saves from Spencer and Carey while a number of other Plymouth opportunities went sailing wide of the goal.
Argyle finally found the target again with six minutes of normal time remaining when Spencer crossed for substitute Donaldson to tuck the ball home from close range.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 46JanseBooked at 14mins
- 16HuntBooked at 78mins
- 8WeirBooked at 1mins
- 4KellySubstituted forAtanganaat 13'minutesSubstituted forCornickat 47'minutes
- 10McCallumSubstituted forBoweryat 82'minutes
- 5BulvitisBooked at 87mins
- 16PurringtonBooked at 71mins
- 4Songo'oSubstituted forFoxat 57'minutes
- 10CareyBooked at 50mins
- 6SmithSubstituted forDonaldsonat 77'minutes
- 14JervisSubstituted forTannerat 74'minutes
- Charles Breakspear
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Leyton Orient 0, Plymouth Argyle 2.
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Jordan Bowery.
Attempt blocked. David Goodwillie (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Alex Cisak.
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Tom Parkes.
Attempt blocked. Craig Tanner (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Callum Kennedy (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high from a direct free kick.
Nauris Bulvitis (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Nauris Bulvitis (Plymouth Argyle).
Jay Simpson (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Craig Tanner (Plymouth Argyle) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.
Goal! Leyton Orient 0, Plymouth Argyle 2. Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Purrington.
Attempt missed. James Spencer (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Craig Tanner (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Substitution, Leyton Orient. Jordan Bowery replaces Paul McCallum.
Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gavin Massey (Leyton Orient).
Nicky Hunt (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card.